Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in Corrections and Case Management

Online Corrections Degree

Study how to interact with inmates, develop rehabilitation plans and study the ways corrections professionals can make a difference in inmates’ lives. With an online Corrections Degree that specializes in case management, you can become an important link between incarcerated individuals, the criminal justice system and social services.

Online Corrections Degree Program Details

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Online Corrections Degree Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused Online Corrections Degree designed to offer a deep understanding of case-management services and the complex dynamics of addiction and offender treatment. Successful completion of the online corrections degree program can provide students with an understanding of the goals and philosophies underlying correctional interventions, types of criminal sentencing and penal sanctions.

Online Corrections Degree programs 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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Corrections Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

CRJS101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS499 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives
Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses
Total Credit Hours: 45

General Criminal Justice Track
In lieu of a Specialization, select 5 Criminal Justice Electives from any of the Specializations below
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
Corrections and Case Management
CRJS435 Prison Law 4.5
CRJS445 Offender Rehabilitation 4.5
CRJS450 Advanced Topics in Corrections 4.5
CRJS454 Case Management & Treatment Planning 4.5
CRJS456 Psychopharmacology for Criminal Justice Professionals 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

Corrections 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 work to develop focused knowledge and skills that can be applicable to the fields of corrections and case management.

For an Online Corrections Degree, your classes may 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 is designed to provide 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 is designed to provide 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 cover 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 study 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.

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Ways to Save on Your Online Corrections Degree

From grants to military service to transfer credits, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your Online Corrections 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 reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction 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

*Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.

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