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Criminal Justice – Corrections

Does putting strong problem-solving skills to work appeal to you?

This Riverland comprehensive program incorporates traditional liberal arts classes with a specialized curriculum of Corrections classes. Our Criminal Justice Corrections graduates are well prepared for various careers in the Corrections field at local, state and federal institutions or in Corrections treatment programs. This program also provides a solid foundation for going on to earn a Bachelor's degree or higher.

Our required Corrections Internship phase is an ideal way to find out which areas of the Correction field are best suited for your strengths and interests through hands-on experience. Students are encouraged to work closely with their Program Advisor to customize their degree to achieve desired personal goals.

Correctional officers typically do the following:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

  • Enforce rules and keep order within jails or prisons
  • Supervise activities of inmates
  • Aid in rehabilitation and counseling of prisoners
  • Inspect facilities to ensure that they meet security and safety standards
  • Search inmates for contraband items
  • Report on inmate conduct 

Employment Outlook

Graduates are eligible to apply for entry-level jobs as Correctional Officers in local or state institutions or work in correctional treatment programs.

Job Prospects

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Job prospects should be good as some local and state corrections agencies experience high job turnover. The need to replace correctional officers who retire, transfer to other occupations, or leave the labor force—coupled with rising employment demand—should generate job openings.

Last Updated: February 1, 2017

    Quick Facts
  • Associate of Science
  • 60 Credits | Four Semesters
  • Location: Austin, Online Course(s)
  • Offering: Fall, Spring

Program Expectations

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Program at Riverland Community College.   
This handbook will help serve as a guide to students in this program and assist them in selecting their appropriate classes at the appropriate time.

Criminal Justice Student Handbook (PDF)


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