Criminal Justice-Criminal Justice Corrections Option
Why Choose the Criminal Justice Corrections Option?
This option emphasizes areas of criminal justice other than law enforcement including adult institutions, probation, parole, and the prevention, treatment, and control of both youthful and adult offenders. Coursework is designed to introduce various components that make up the structure of institutional corrections, community corrections, and human service agencies working with deviant populations. Further emphasis is placed on interpersonal communication, crisis intervention, and working with special deviant populations.
This option includes certification of the minimum educational requirements for the position of state corrections officer as established by the Michigan Correctional Officers' Training Council. Similarly, the School of Criminal Justice offers a local Corrections Officer Training Academy that is designed to provide certification training for students wishing to work as a county jail corrections officer in Michigan.
The corrections track graduates are well positioned to work with the deviant populations at the federal, state, and local level. They are also prepared to work with juveniles and adults. Opportunities are available for detention/correctional officers; probation agents, parole agents, working within the court system, youth programs, residential treatment facilities, community corrections, and a wide array of human services agencies.
A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission into the corrections option.
General Education Requirements
Consult the official checksheet or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.
A 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.
For further information, please contact the School of Criminal Justice.
1349 Cramer Circle, BIS 509
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231-591-5080 or 231-591-3652
By the end of the sophomore year winter semester, students must choose one of the three program options: (1) law enforcement specialist, (2) criminal justice corrections, or (3) criminal justice generalist.
Criminal Justice Corrections Option
*If pursuing the Corrections Academy, you must take CRIM 460 (Fall Semester) and CRIM 465 (Spring Semester) for 6 of the 18 elective credits.