Corrections Degree Programs at El Paso Schools
Several schools in the El Paso area offer criminal justice degree programs that include courses in corrections. This article looks at three schools within 50 miles of downtown and the programs they offer. It also includes a table of information that individuals can compare and use when selecting a school. School enrollment, tuition and graduation rates are among the topics covered in this part of the article.
- El Paso Community College offers two types of associate degrees in criminal justice, including one with an emphasis on homeland security. There are specific courses within the degree programs that focus on corrections. This school is about 17 miles from downtown El Paso.
- The University of Texas at El Paso, about 12 miles from downtown, offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice that offers generalized classes in corrections. Students can also minor in criminal justice.
- Park University offers a bachelor's degree in criminal justice administration with a specialization in corrections. Although Park University is based in Parkville, Missouri, it has a campus in El Paso, only five miles from the city center.
Comparison of Schools
Students need to consider many factors when choosing a college. This table presents important information in a way that makes it easy to compare the schools.
|El Paso Community College||The University of Texas at El Paso||Park University|
|School Type||2-year; public||4-year; public||4-year; private; not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||28,750*||25,078*||11,457*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city||Large suburb|
|Tuition & Fees 2017-2018||$2,746 for in-state students; $4,522 for out-of-state students*||$7,851 for in-state students; $21,596 for out-of-state students*||$10,774*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||85%*||84%*||88%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A Open admission policy*||100%*||69%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||66% for full-time students*||74% for full-time students*||44% for full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate||19% (15% transfer rate) (students starting in 2014)*||41% (27% transfer rate) (students starting 2011)*||23% (students starting 2011)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
El Paso Community College
El Paso Community College is among the biggest schools in the El Paso area, with more than 130 educational programs. In general, students earn associate degrees before transferring to an area university to work on their bachelor's degree. Students who choose one of the two criminal justice programs are prepared for entry-level employment in corrections, courts, probation and parole.
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice
This degree program takes about two years to complete. Students are required to earn up to 60 credits through a series of classes that explore the criminal justice systems at the local, state and federal government levels. Specific classes cover the judicial process, criminal investigations, crime and law enforcement. There are also courses that cover corrections and juvenile justice for students who want to eventually seek employment in the corrections field. Students will also learn the terminology used in the criminal justice system, as well as the major laws and policies that affect the justice system.
Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with an Option in Homeland Security
This program also takes two years to complete. The degree program includes special courses on homeland security that cover terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and forensics. The associate degree program is meant to prepare students for careers in homeland security at the local, state and federal levels. For this degree, students need to meet state and federal educational requirements, as well as pass psychological exams and background checks. In addition to learning about homeland security, students take many criminal justice classes that focus on law enforcement, criminal investigations and criminal law.
The University of Texas at El Paso
The school's Department of Criminal Justice gives students an understanding of criminal justice with an emphasis in the liberal arts. The professors are professionally and academically trained in criminal justice and many of the professors have been published for their research studies. Students have the opportunity to enroll in internships to gain professional experience and course credit while earning the bachelor's degree.
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
Students will earn a total of 120 credits over a four-year period to earn this bachelor's degree. Classes cover all aspects of crime, criminal justice, criminal law, the court system and criminal investigations. Students will not only learn about the theories in the field, but its real-world application. Within the major, students can take specialized classes on corrections that cover the underlying theories of correctional systems and community efforts to reintegrate offenders into society. Students can also choose to minor in criminal justice. This allows students to major in another discipline and gain an overview of the criminal justice system.
Park University's Fort Bliss Campus Center is meant for military members, military families and civilians who want to earn bachelor's degrees in the El Paso area. As a whole, the programs at Park University prepare students for criminal justice careers that range from law enforcement, corrections and probation. Students also have the opportunity to take part in an internship or writing project that helps them gain real-world experience in criminal justice.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a Concentration in Corrections
This degree program requires a total of 45 credits. The core curriculum will explore topics like criminal law, criminal procedure, research in criminal justice and agency administration. Students can choose between an internship and a senior writing project. All students take part in a senior seminar that brings together the theory and application of criminal justice. For the corrections concentration, students take a group of specialized courses about probation, parole and community corrections. By the end of the program, students are prepared for employment at the local, state and federal levels of government.