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Earn a Degree in Detention Services!

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Detention Services program is designed to prepare students who are interested in a career in the field of detention or to upgrade the skills of those presently working in the field. Courses will examine the services and programs provided to inmates as well as legal issues affecting both the incarcerated person and those working within the setting. Courses also focus on management techniques, security and emergency procedures, and detention facility training. Students will study current issues dealing with different types of inmates, and the variety of problems encountered with these individuals.

CIPS Code: 43.0102

Associate in Applied Science in Detention Services

Admission Criteria:
This program is offered through an educational partnership. Employment by the partnership organization is required for admission.

Required Courses 18
Certificate Title Credits
Certificate of Completion in Detention Services (Available by partnership only) 18

Restricted Electives 21
Course # Course Title Credits
AJSxxx Any Administration of Justice Studies Course 2-3
BPCxxx Any Business-Personal Computer Course 1-3
Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) Shared Unique Number Number CIS1120
COM259* Communication in Business and Professions 3
HIS101 History of Western Civilizations Middle Ages to 1789 3
HIS102 History of Western Civilizations 1789 to present 3
HIS103 United States History to 1865 3
HIS104 United States History 1865 to present 3
HIS145 History of Mexico 3
LET144 Detention Officer Field Training 2
LET148 Detention Officer Field Training Lab 3
LET150* Firearms I 3
LET151* Firearms II 2
LET155 General Instructor Certification 3
LET201* Physical Fitness Instructor Certification 2
LET225* Investigator Training 4
MGT229 Management and Leadership I 3
MGT230* Management and Leadership II 3
PADxxx Any PAD Public Administration Course 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Shared Unique Number Number PSY1101 3
PSY266* Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY270* Personal and Social Adjustment 3
REL100 World Religions 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Shared Unique Number Number SOC1101 3
SOC110 Drugs and Society 3
SOC140 Racial and Ethnic Relations Shared Unique Number Number SOC2215 3
SOC245 Social Deviance 3
SPH245 Hispanic Heritage in the Southwest 3

General Education Requirements 22-25
General Education Core 12-15
Course # Course Title Credits
First-Year Composition
ENG102 *
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1101 AND
First-Year Composition (3) Shared Unique Number Number ENG1102 OR
Technical and Professional Writing (3)
Oral Communication
COM230 Small Group Communication Shared Unique Number Number COM2271 3
MAT122* Intermediate Algebra 3
Critical Reading
CRE111 *
College Critical Reading (3) OR
Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
General Education Distribution 10
Humanities and Fine Arts
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Natural Sciences
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
Social-Behavioral Sciences
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
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  • The total amount of credits required for this degree is 61-64.
  • Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses within the program.
  • * Indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
  • xxx Indicates any module/suffixed courses.
  • Minimum GPA: 2.00