Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Correctional Studies for students who are interested in developing the foundations for advanced studies in the criminal justice and correctional institution system. Students will learn about the fundamentals of the corrections system, including the philosophies and practices behind incarceration of criminals and other populations. Through analysis of statistics and history of criminal justice, students will be better qualified to serve in their community and make career gains in corrections and other fields in criminal justice.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to criminal justice, introduction to corrections, English composition, humanities, social studies, dynamics of health and fitness, topics in criminal justice, the juvenile justice process, state and local government, sociology, criminology, correctional administration, social aspects of literature, sociology of the family, correctional law, introduction to abnormal psychology, psychology of human relations, social problems, and public speaking.

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development asa functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, perspective on corrections, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice and corrections, to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the corrections system, to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in corrections, to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime, and to apply sociological principles responsible for the rehabilitation and correction of criminal populations.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.


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