Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum
Core Courses 21 hours
- COR 201: Introduction to Corrections
- COR 311: Juvenile Justice System
- COR 360: Rehabilitation Strategies for Adult and Juvenile Offenders
- CRJ 313 or CRJ313S: Criminal Justice Ethics
- CRJ 331: Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency
- CRJ 388: Criminal Justice Research
- CRJ 400: Applied Criminal Justice Analysis
Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies Electives 18 hours
Together with your advisor, select 15 hours of upper division correctional and juvenile justice studies electives and 3 hours from COR 375 or CRJ 490W to satisfy the University ACCT requirement.
- COR 302: Living and Working in Prison
- COR 303: The Offender in the Community
- COR 321: Delinquency Interventions
- COR 322: School-Based Interventions for At-Risk Youth
- COR 340: Corrections and Juvenile Justice Administration
- COR 410: Female Offenders
- COR 412: Exploring the Death Penalty
- COR 413: Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Offenders
- COR 420: Diversity in Corrections
- COR 421: Intervening with Juvenile Sex Offenders
- COR 450s: Service Learning in Correction
- CRJ 490 or 490W: Senior Seminar
Supporting Course Requirements 3-6 hours
Together with your advisor, select up to 2 of the following:
- Any upper division CRJ course
- HLS 101, 201, 321, 341
- PLS 103, 216, 316, 380, 390, 415
- PSY 200 or 200W, 308, 314
Free Electives 35-38 hours
EKU General Education Requirements 40 hours
(See catalog for details.)
Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 120 hours
For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.
Introduction to historical, philosophical, and operational frameworks of US corrections. Debates the goals of punishment and explores institutional and community-based sentencing options.
Examines inmate subcultures and violence in prisons.Analyzes prison environment for correctional officers. Explores life behind bars/offender difficulties in reentering society.
Explores impact offenders have on community. Examines formal correctional options and alternative methods of social control used to manage offenders in community.
Examines the evolution of the juvenile justice system, police response to delinquency, and juvenile court’s roles in protecting the public and serving children.
Provides in-depth analysis of risk factors for delinquency. Examines effectiveness of individual, school, and family-based interventions in both community and residential settings.
Examines school-based problems and interventions commonly experienced by at-risk youth. Discusses strategies for effective collaboration between schools and other youth-serving organizations.
Introduces students to organizational theory and managerial principles, and examines their application to the unique challenges of correctional and juvenile justice settings.
Debates the rehabilitative goal of corrections and juvenile justice. Examines contemporary strategies and their effectiveness in controlling/changing offender behavior.
Analyzes how policy and practice has impacted female arrests and incarceration. Explores gendered pathways to crime and the importance of gender-specific programming.
Introduction to the history and use of the death penalty in the US. Examines purpose, fairness, and efficacy of death penalty through balanced coverage of the debate.
Examines etiology and effects of substance abuse/ mental health problems of adult offenders. Describes intervention strategies.
Focuses on issues, status, and special needs of “non-mainstream” sub-populations within the US correctional system, both inmates and personnel.
Provides comprehensive overview of field of juvenile sex offenders and the risk they pose. Focuses on etiology, evaluation, assessment, treatment, and management of juvenile sex offenders.
Intensive study of selected topics on corrections and juvenile justice. Students will engage in an experiential, or service, activity related to the topic. May be retaken for a maximum of six hours on different topics.
Examines the moral, legal and normative obligations of the state and criminal justice professionals. Surveys the philosophies and theories of ethics and deviance.
Overview of crime and its control. Examines lawmaking, lawbreaking, and the social response from theoretical perspectives including social, economic, cultural, symbolic, psychological and biological. Includes historical and contemporary developments.
Overview of the research process, with emphasis on finding, using, and evaluating criminal justice research. Examination of both quantitative and qualitative social science research methods and procedures appropriate to the study of crime policy and criminal justice.
Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures relevant to crime and criminal justice data. Includes quantitative and qualitative techniques.
Capstone course consisting of development and production of a senior level research paper grounded in relevant criminal justice literature. Emphasis on integration of knowledge acquired in previous courses.