Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a specialization in Corrections and Case Management designed to offer a deeper understanding of case-management services and the complex dynamics of addiction and offender treatment. Successful completion of this program can provide students with an understanding of the goals and philosophies underlying correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing and penal sanctions.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Explain and trace the history and philosophy of adult and juvenile correctional systems and identify the different models of punishment associated with each system
  • Explain the history of probation and parole and the roles of the probation and parole officers in the criminal and juvenile correctional systems
  • Define community corrections and the innovative approaches associated with this perspective, such as restorative justice, peacemaking, intermediate sentences, drug courts and substance abuse counseling
  • Apply various assessment, diagnostic techniques and case management strategies for working with adult and juvenile offenders
  • Explain the organizational structure, administrative practices and operating procedures of correctional agencies in the handling of personnel and their functions
  • Define the development of prisoners’ rights and identify and analyze landmark decisions that substantiate rights for prisoners
  • Identify and analyze ethical issues related to decision-making process associated with moral dilemmas in corrections

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Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
CRJS 201Ethics and Criminal Justice
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective0-4.5
General Elective or Internship4.5
Total Credit Hours:31.5

Lower Division Core
CRJS101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems4.5
CRJS105Theories of Crime Causation4.5
CRJS205Introduction to Criminal Law4.5
CRJS210Introduction to Law Enforcement4.5
CRJS215Introduction to American Court System4.5
CRJS220Foundations of Corrections4.5
Total Credit Hours:27
Upper Division Core
CRJS310Crime Victim Studies4.5
CRJS315Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory4.5
CRJS330Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures4.5
CRJS405Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:22.5
Capstone Requirement
CRJS499Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:4.5

Specialization Options

Corrections and Case Management

Specialization Outcome

  • Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in corrections and related professions within the criminal justice system
CRJS340Addiction Intervention in the Justice System4.5
CRJS345Administration of Criminal Justice4.5
CRJS435Prison Law4.5
CRJS445Offender Rehabilitation4.5
CRJS450Advanced Topics in Corrections4.5
CRJS454Case Management & Treatment Planning4.5
CRJS456Psychopharmacology for Criminal Justice Professionals4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

In this specialized curriculum, students can study the history of criminal punishment, including modern penal systems, prisoners’ rights, and factors used to develop personalized sentencing and treatment plans (such as those for prisoners who may have been diagnosed as drug addicts, mentally ill, psychopaths or sociopaths). Courses are structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they learn focused knowledge and skills that can be applicable to the fields of corrections and case management.

At AIU, you can take more courses in your field of interest, on average, than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections and Case Management, your classes can include:


This course examines the history of criminal punishment beginning with early developments in Europe. Special attention is given to theories of punishment and the development of prisons, correctional institutions, and other forms of punishment to the wider system of social control. Modern penal systems are then examined both from sociological and legal viewpoints.

Addiction Intervention in the Justice System

This course provides the student with an overview of substance abuse intervention and rehabilitative services and models available across the justice continuum. It will cover topics such as addiction issues, diagnosis, treatment planning, and strategic individual and group counseling models and techniques involving diverse populations within the criminal justice system. The course provides students with the information necessary to understand the language and application of clinical diagnostic criteria used in classifying substance use disorders and describing appropriate treatment modalities and placement criteria for the client/offender within the scope of available care. The course will also discuss the ways in which appropriate treatment services are determined relative to the personal and cultural identity and language of the client.

Administration of Criminal Justice

This course focuses on the challenges administrators face in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will examine the various organizational frameworks in the criminal justice system and the concepts, organizational principles, and models associated with these criminal justice agencies.

Prison Law

This course focuses on the historical context in which prisoners' rights were established in the United States. Students will examine landmark court decisions that established these rights and learn how they changed the administration of corrections.

Offender Rehabilitation

This course focuses on the various factors utilized to develop personalized sentencing and treatment plans for individual offenders. It examines the personality of the offender who may be diagnosed as a psychopath, sociopath, drug addict or mentally ill person. Students will learn how to develop treatment plans that will assist in the rehabilitation of the offender.

Advanced Topics in Corrections

This course examines the theories and practices involved in probation and parole processes and decision-making. Topics include pre-sentence and pre-parole investigations, probation and parole supervision, the administration of corrections services including treatment and release decision-making processes. Finally, this course examines juvenile corrections and the use of intermediate methods of treatment including electronic monitoring, community service, and the use of restitution.

Case Management & Treatment Planning

Students will study case management systems and techniques as used in both public and private rehabilitation and human service agencies. Topics include case identification, referral, eligibility determination, assessment, goal setting, plan development, intervention strategies, case monitoring, inter-agency coordination, advocacy, organizational structures, time management, critical case management skills, and funding sources.

Psychopharmacology for Criminal Justice Professionals

This course will explore several psychological and behavioral causes and effects of chemical dependency and the impact of various behavior-altering substances/chemicals (drugs) on criminality. This course will examine historical factors and trends, developmental issues, family system patterns, and addiction theories. Likewise, research findings in the behavioral sciences will be used to guide the students' understanding of the impact that social institutions, social structure, and cultures have in fostering the use of behavior altering substances.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Law Enforcement

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Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Corrections and Case Management?

A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice is a vast area of study that touches on many different topics, ranging from law enforcement, corrections, the courts and juvenile justice to constitutional law, criminal investigation, and criminology. With a degree in Corrections and Case Management, you could explore a variety of occupational roles within the criminal justice field, such as:

  • Corrections officer
  • Probation officer (also known as a community-supervision officer)
  • Parole officer
  • Pretrial-services officer
  • Correctional treatment specialist

What does a career in corrections involve?

Corrections officers are usually responsible for:

  • Maintaining order in prisons and jails
  • Making sure that correctional facilities meet all standards for safety and security
  • Overseeing inmates’ daily activities
  • Searching inmates for prohibited items
  • Aid in rehabilitation and counseling of prisoners
  • Reporting on inmate conduct

What does a career in case management involve?

Case-management professionals are typically tasked with:

  • Writing reports and keeping case files up to date
  • Evaluating probationers and planning their rehabilitation
  • Meeting with probationers
  • Connecting probationers with resources like job training
  • Holding meetings with probationers and their loved ones
  • Testing probationers for drugs and offering counseling for substance abuse
  • Tracking any contact probationers might have with law enforcement

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