Successful completion of AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Corrections and Case Management can provide students with an understanding of the goals and philosophies underlying correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing and penal sanctions. By studying key topics in Criminal Justice to complete the upper division’s core specialization requirements, AIU can give you an opportunity to focus your interests on the acquisition of industry-specific knowledge and skills common to the criminal justice field.
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.
At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Still not sure which specialization is right for you?
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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