Corrections Degree Specialization
Due to population growth and mandatory sentencing guidelines, demand for corrections officers is expected to grow, and a college education is becoming more common and necessary for advancement.1 In the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a bachelor's degree is mandatory for entry-level correctional officers. DeVry University's Justice Administration bachelor's degree program with a specialization in Corrections can help you become knowledgeable in public safety and security, law and government, psychology, relevant computer and technology skills, administration and management. You’ll gain practical skills and information to equip you for your role as a corrections professional, enabling you to maintain order, discipline, and security as well as to respond to emergencies.
Prepare for a career in Corrections by choosing this specialization when you earn your bachelor's degree in Justice Administration from DeVry University. Upon graduation, you‘ll be prepared to meet the growing demands of this complex profession and be positioned for leadership and advancement.
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Justice Administration Courses
The Justice Administration degree program with a specialization in Corrections may include these career-focused courses:
- Correctional Administration - Administrative aspects of corrections are examined though analysis of management theory and practice in correctional institutions and agencies. Changes in correctional policies and procedures, as influenced by social and legal factors, are examined along with current problems, issues, trends, and constraints.
- Report Writing for Corrections Officers - In this course students learn to prepare reports for submission to the courts and other parts of the criminal justice system, as well as concise incident reports and activity documentation.
- Jails - This course introduces operating parameters of jails by characterizing and discussing pre-trial detainees who have not been convicted or sentenced. Risk assessment and population management of unknown and potentially violent offenders are explored.
- Correctional Leadership - Students in this course examine the culture of corrections from a theoretical perspective and leadership as a central factor in correctional effectiveness. Leadership for successfully adapting to changing political, as well as economic and social forces affecting corrections is analyzed.
- Deviant Behavior - Examining theoretical constructs defining deviant behavior, this course explores cultural implications and reactions to deviant behavior and administration of justice as well as issues such as sexual and drug-induced deviance within our culture.
- Issues in Corrections - This course examines current issues in managing correctional institutions, sentencing trends, contemporary social problems in prisons, rehabilitation/re-socialization practices, and alternatives to incarceration.