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​The Corrections Certificate is designed for students who are interested in careers that exist in corrections. These careers include Correctional Officer, Jailer, Juvenile Detention Officer, Sentence to Serve Crew Leader, Community Corrections Case Aides, Monitoring Specialists, and other positions within the field of corrections.



2021 - 2022

  • Curriculum

    Program Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:General Psychology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course provides an overview of topics in psychology. Topics may include history of psychology, research methods, physiological psychology, sensation and perception, consciousness, learning, memory, motivation and emotion, personality, stress and coping, abnormal behavior, therapy, and social psychology. Students are strongly encouraged to check with an advisor to determine if this is the appropriate course for their degree/program. You must meet perquisites or obtain instructor permission to take this course.
    General Psychology andView-PSYC 1150n/a3
    Course Subject: PSYC         Course Number:2320
    Course Title:Psychological Disorders      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course is an introduction to the origin, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders. Topics include historical and research issues, adjustment reactions to stress, neuroses, personality disorders, psychoses, types of psychotherapy, legal and ethical issues. Formerly Titled: Abnormal PsychologyPrerequisite: Psyc 1150 or Psyc 1160 or consent of instructor
    Psychological Disorders andView-PSYC 2320n/a3
    Course Subject: POLS         Course Number:2130
    Course Title:Constitutional Law      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will acquaint students with the content of the United States Constitution and its amendments; its interpretations within political, social, and historical contexts; and will examine the reasoning process in major judicial decisions.Prerequisite: Soc 1710 or PolS 1100
    Constitutional Law andView-POLS 2130n/a3
    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:1710
    Course Title:Introduction to Criminal Justice      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course covers the history, organization, and function of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics include foundations of crime and justice, victimization, crime statistics and the extent of crime, police issues, court systems, corrections, and future trends. Note: Sociology 1110 recommended prior to taking this course.
    Introduction to Criminal Justice andView-SOC 1710n/a3
    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:1730
    Course Title:Juvenile Justice      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course analyzes the juvenile justice system and its historical and philosophical development, including theories of social causes and effects of delinquency. Students will learn strategies for working with juveniles and for preventing and investigating delinquency. The course provides a working knowledge of Minnesota statutes pertaining to juveniles through the study of case law, report writing, skills exercises, and simulation.
    Juvenile Justice andView-SOC 1730n/a3
    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:2730
    Course Title:Introduction to Corrections      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course examines corrections as a major component of the criminal justice system in the United States. Topics may include programs, practices and critical issues. Prerequisite: Soc 1710 or Consent of Instructor
    Introduction to Corrections andView-SOC 2730n/a3
    Course Subject: SOC         Course Number:2750
    Course Title:Community Corrections      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course studies the purposes and goals of community-based corrections and explores alternatives to incarceration in centralized penal institutions. Addresses issues related to diversion programs, the management of offenders in community settings and re-entry programs. Examines the role of community corrections and restorative justice practices within the broader correctional system. Offers students insights into the daily experiences of those working in the field of community corrections.
    Community CorrectionsView-SOC 2750n/a3
                                   Total Credits Required21

  • Program Outcomes

    1. Use sources of data that social scientists use to describe, compare, and explain citizen attitudes toward community correctional practices and programs. (MnTC Goal 5, comp c.)(NHCC Core Ability Human Diversity comp c.) ELO 2
    2. Examine opposing explanations and solutions regarding critical issues including civil liability, and Constitutional guarantees and court decisions facing community corrections. (MnTC Goal 5, comps c,d)(NHCC Core Ability Critical Thinking comps b,c.) ELO 2
    3. Examine data and current issues regarding persons under correctional supervision with regard to specific variables such as race, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender, while proposing possible explanations for these patterns.(MnTC Goal 5, comps a, c, d.)(NHCC Core Ability Human Diversity, comps d,e.) ELO 3
    4. Identify career opportunities in community corrections (Program Goal 5) ELO 3
    5. Know and explain how theory aids in meeting public safety objectives. Understand offender treatment planning and special needs populations. (MnTC Goal 5, comp. c.) ELOs 1, 3

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: and

  • Transfer Information

    ​If you are planning on transferring to another institution, follow the guidelines available on our transfer resources web page to help you plan the process: Transfer Information

  • Degree Information

    Certificates may be earned for successful completion of courses in a specialized program of study with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 (C). A certificate shall include 9 to 30 semester credits. At least onethird of the total credits required for each certificate must be completed at North Hennepin Community College.


    Developmental Courses Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.

    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 7634930555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 18006273529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:<br /> Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools<br /> 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400<br /> Chicago, IL 60602-2504<br /> 1-800-621-7440