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BS in Corrections

In the Bachelor of Science in Corrections program, students may develop an understanding of criminological theory and legal processes. Learn more about this Purdue University Global program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Corrections

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements:

Those interested in this program should have a fundamental understanding of our criminal justice system including the work of the Department of Corrections. Interested students should also have strong leadership and communication skills. Admissions requirements for this program include either a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

In Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Corrections program, students have the chance to develop an understanding of the criminal justice system as part of a broad-based liberal arts education. Coursework in the major could include comparative criminal justice systems, supervisory practices, organized crime, and managing criminal justice organizations. The corrections focus area includes instruction in victims' rights, 21st century corrections, and probation and parole.

Learning Format:


Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Corrections:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Major Requirements (88 credits)

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
  • CJ 102: Criminology I 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 126: American Prison System 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 130: Introduction to Corrections (5 credits)
  • CJ 156: Correctional Law for the Correctional Officer 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 255: History of Corrections 1 (5 credits)
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics (6 credits)
  • CJ 352: Corrections in the Twenty-First Century (6 credits)
  • CJ 420: Juvenile Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 433: Probation and Parole (6 credits)
  • CJ 435: Correctional Alternatives (6 credits)
  • CJ 455: Correctional Administration (6 credits)
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
  • CJ 492: Bachelor's Capstone in Corrections (6 credits)

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (13 credits)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Physical Science Course (5 credits)
  • 200-level: Social Science Course (5 credits)

Open Electives (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of this program may be prepared to continue their education at the graduate level. Students who complete master's degree programs may develop additional skills and be prepared to take on more job responsibilities. Examples of graduate degree programs students could apply for include:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Law
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management

Career Paths:

Students who have completed this program may have developed a thorough knowledge of the criminal justice and corrections systems. Students may be prepared to pursue a number of positions in the criminal justice field. Job opportunities graduates could pursue include:

  • Corrections officer
  • Prison administrator
  • Law enforcement officer

* Speak to an Admissions Advisor or refer to the University Catalog for the Transfer of Credit policy.

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