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Criminal Justice - Corrections Option

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose the Criminal Justice Corrections Option? - Program Spotlight

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission into the corrections option.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for a Bachelor’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives.

Consult the Required Courses above or the program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

A 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.

More Information

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

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Required Courses
Credit Hours

Junior-Senior Level

Entrance into the junior year of the criminal justice program is on a grade point competitive, space available basis.

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

Ethical Issues in Crim Justice
Conflict Mgmt In Corrections
Report Writing for Corrections
Correctional Institutions
Current Issues in CJ
Criminal Justice Internship
Defensive Tactics-Corrections
Michigan Criminal Law
Michigan Criminal Procedure
Legal Issues in Corrections
Applied Correctional Strat I
Applied Correctional Strat II
Correctional Clients
CJ Assessment Course
Crime-Violence in Literature
General Electives

*If pursuing the Corrections Academy, you must take CRIM 460 (Fall Semester) and CRIM 465 (Spring Semester) for 6 of the 18 elective credits.
Minimum semester credit hours required for criminal justice B.S. degree/criminal justice corrections option: