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BS in Criminal Justice - Corrections & Human Services

Walden University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections and Human Services program provides studies in the effects of and response to crime as well as practices in probation and parole. Continue reading for more details about this bachelor's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections and Human Services

School Offering Program:

Walden University

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Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of this BS in Criminal Justice program should have a strong sense of community, as concentration courses focus on community needs, responses, and community-based programs for those on probation or parole. A basic understanding of criminal behavior and the effects of such behavior could also be helpful. Aspiring students must be 21 years of age; less than 21 but with 60 quarter credit hours; or a member of the military or a veteran. Applicants to Walden University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

How does restorative justice processes address the needs of victims and the need to punish offenders? Which intervention strategies are best used to respond to crime in a community? What are examples of community-based programs used for probation and parole purposes? These are among the major topics discussed in Walden University's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections and Human Services program. Concentration courses also address the challenges of interventions, resources for crisis interventions, the evolution of U.S probation and parole systems, and the theory of justice. A corrections course in the core curriculum discusses the treatment of offenders, correctional philosophy, and institutional programs in corrections. Other core classes cover aspects of criminology, juvenile delinquency, the judicial process, victimology, and criminal law. The program's capstone course examines cultural diversity in criminal justice employment, ethical behavior, and decision-making in all areas of criminal justice, including corrections and courts.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

181 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Corrections and Human Services:

In addition to 45 credits in core criminal justice courses and 20 credits in concentration classes, students must also complete 46 credits in the general education curriculum, 65 credits in electives, and five credits in a capstone course. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Walden University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

General Education Courses (46 credits)

  • Students take a minimum of two courses in the following areas:
    • Written and Oral Communications
    • Humanities
    • Mathematics/Natural Sciences
    • Social Sciences
  • Introduction to College Algebra

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • Contemporary Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminology and Social Control
  • Juvenile Delinquency and Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Corrections
  • Courts and Judicial Process
  • Law Enforcement
  • Data Analysis for Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Introduction to Victimology

Elective Courses (65 credits)

  • Students select a total of 13 courses from general education, BS in Criminal Justice, or any other Walden University bachelor's degree programs

Concentration Courses: Corrections and Human Services (20 credits)

  • Restorative Justice
  • Mobilizing and Coordinating Community Response
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Probation and Parole

Capstone Course (5 credits)

  • Capstone: Ethics and Diversity in Criminal Justice

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Once they have successfully completed the BS in Criminal Justice - Corrections and Human Services program, graduates who wish to seek advanced positions in social work, corrections, or law enforcement might enter a master's degree program. Depending on the degree program chosen, master's level studies could provide more insight into human services management, correctional leadership, criminal justice administration, or psychological assessment theory.

Master's degrees graduates could pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Science in Human Services Leadership
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Corrections
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Criminal Behavior

Career Paths:

Those awarded this BS degree in criminal justice could be prepared to explore entry-level or mid-management positions in community centers, halfway houses, mental health clinics, prisons, or juvenile detention centers. They might counsel substance abuse offenders, oversee parolees, design rehabilitation plans for criminal offenders, or provide support and resources for those seeking to re-enter society.

Some likely career options for graduates include:

  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Parole officer
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Community outreach worker

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