Bakersfield College

Correctional Administration

Associate in Arts

This program includes classes that will guide students toward careers in law enforcement, the courts and the law, and state, local, and private corrections. These courses have been endorsed by the Joint Apprenticeship Committee of the California Department of Corrections, California Youth Authority, and the California Correctional Peace Officers Association.

To Achieve the Associate in Arts
Upon completion of the following courses with at least a ‘C’ grade in each course, the student will be awarded a Correctional Administration Associate in Arts.

To Transfer Coursework
A minimum of 24 semester units in the major with a grade of ‘C’ or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average of at least 2.0 in all California State University transferable coursework.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion, the student will:

  • identify, analyze, and apply the fundamental theories and concepts underlying the American correctional system.
  • identify and describe the operational elements of the major components comprising the American prison and Jail systems.
  • identify, analyze, and apply basic legal principles and rules to factual situations.
  • identify and implement the principles and procedures utilized in legitimate scientific and criminal investigation.
  • demonstrate multicultural awareness and respect for constitutional and human rights.
  • identify, analyze, and apply the ethical components of discretionary decision-making in probation, parole, and institutional corrections.
  • demonstrate respect for the dignity and humanity of victims, perpetrators, and wrongfully convicted persons.
  • demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Total Units: 24


Required Courses

Course Number  Title Units
CRIM B21 Introduction to Correctional Administration 3.0
CRIM B50 Criminal Justice Report Writing 3.0
CRIM B60 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3.0
CRIM B2 Criminal Law 3.0
CRIM B12 Forensice and Scientific Aspects of Evidence 3.0
CRIM B55 Special Topics in Criminal Justice 3.0

Electives — at least 6 units

Course Number Title Units
CRIM B22 Institutional Treatment and Supervision of Offenders 3.0
CRIM B23 Fundamentals of Interviewing and Counseling 3.0
CRIM B24 Probation, Parole and Community Corrections 3.0
CRIM B5 Community Relations 3.0
CRIM B8 Criminal Investigation 3.0
CRIM B9 The Juvenile Justice System 3.0

**The courses and unit values on this page are representative of the typical values and courses required by this program. They are taken from the most current catalog, and therefore may not be accurate for the degree or certificate requirements for some students, depending on your year of catalog rights. Please refer to your appropriate catalog or see a counselor for accurate degree requirements.


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