Gain an in-depth education in the theories, practices and policies related to institutional and community corrections and develop knowledge that can lead to better employment opportunities in jails, prisons and probation, parole and reentry services.
The certificate program in correctional studies educates students about a variety of components that make up the corrections system. It is designed to provide students with understanding and knowledge of the histories, philosophies and contemporary practices of both institutional and community corrections. The program emphasizes evidence-based best practices concerning the rehabilitation of correctional clients to reduce recidivism.
At A Glance
Correctional Studies (Certificate)
- Offered by: Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions
- Location: Downtown
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:
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Special Topics courses (CRJ 394 and CRJ 494) will be designated and approved by departments and schools. Students will need to work with an advisor in order to select appropriate special topics courses that are approved for credit in the correctional studies certificate program.
Students must complete CRJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice with a grade of "C" or better (scale is 4.00 = "A") in order to be admitted to the certificate program. This course may be taken in residence at ASU or may be transferred from other institutions, including community colleges. Because this course is a requirement for the bachelor's degree program and the minor in criminology and criminal justice, its completion satisfies the requirements of the major or minor and satisfies the prerequisite requirement for admission to the certificate program in correctional studies.
A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.
Graduates of the correctional studies certificate program find a strong job market in the public and private sectors. Employment opportunities exist in supervisory and management positions in criminal justice agencies (federal, state and local) including National Institute of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, and local and state-level corrections departments. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.