Corrections and Juvenile Justice Studies Bachelor’s Degree Curriculum

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Core Courses 21 hours

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.

Choices include:

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.

Course Descriptions

COR 201 Introduction to Corrections (3 hours)

Introduction to historical, philosophical, and operational frameworks of US corrections. Debates the goals of punishment and explores institutional and community-based sentencing options.

COR 302:  Living and Working in Prison (3 hours)                     

Examines inmate subcultures and violence in prisons.Analyzes prison environment for correctional officers. Explores life behind bars/offender difficulties in reentering society.

COR 303: The Offender in the Community (3 hours)

Explores impact offenders have on community. Examines formal correctional options and alternative methods of social control used to manage offenders in community.

COR 311 The Juvenile Justice System (3 hours)

Examines the evolution of the juvenile justice system, police response to delinquency, and juvenile court’s roles in protecting the public and serving children.

COR 321 Delinquency Interventions (3 hours)

Provides in-depth analysis of risk factors for delinquency. Examines effectiveness of individual, school, and family-based interventions in both community and residential settings.

COR 322: School-Based Interventions for At-Risk Youth (3 hours)

Examines school-based problems and interventions commonly experienced by at-risk youth. Discusses strategies for effective collaboration between schools and other youth-serving organizations.

COR 340 Correctional and Juvenile Justice Administration (3 hours)

Introduces students to organizational theory and managerial principles, and examines their application to the unique challenges of correctional and juvenile justice settings.

COR 360: Rehabilitation Strategies for Adult and Juvenile Offenders (3 hours)                                   

Debates the rehabilitative goal of corrections and juvenile justice. Examines contemporary strategies and their effectiveness in controlling/changing offender behavior.

COR 410: Female Offenders (3 hours)                                                     

Analyzes how policy and practice has impacted female arrests and incarceration. Explores gendered pathways to crime and the importance of gender-specific programming.

COR 412: Exploring the Death Penalty (3 hours)                                  

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.

COR 413: Addressing Mental Health and SubstanceAbuse Needs ofAdult Offenders (3 hours)

Examines etiology and effects of substance abuse/ mental health problems of adult offenders. Describes intervention strategies.

COR 420: Diversity in Corrections (3 hours)                                 

Focuses on issues, status, and special needs of “non-mainstream” sub-populations within the US correctional system, both inmates and personnel.

COR 421: Intervening with Juvenile Sex Offenders (3 hours)          

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.

COR 450s: Service Learning in Corrections (3 hours)               

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.

CRJ 313 or CRJ313S: Criminal Justice Ethics (3 hours)                              

Examines the moral, legal and normative obligations of the state and criminal justice professionals.  Surveys the philosophies and theories of ethics and deviance.

CRJ 331: Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency (3 hours)

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.

CRJ 388: Criminal Justice Research (3 hours)                                        

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. 

CRJ 400: Applied Criminal Justice Analysis (3 hours)

Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures relevant to crime and criminal justice data. Includes quantitative and qualitative techniques.

CRJ 490 or 490W: Senior Seminar (3 hours)

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.