College of Social Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services

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Embrace opportunities where community-based support services intersect with the criminal justice system. With our Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services degree, you can take career-relevant education one course at a time in a helping field.

You’ll study case management, mental health and social psychology as you educationally prepare for a career helping people who have been involved with the criminal justice system. Learn how to support individuals whose substance use disorders have led them to interaction with the courts. Enhance your communication, analytical and problem-solving techniques to help address the mental health, social, occupational, housing and transitional needs of this vulnerable population.  

Serve your community and positively impact the lives of offenders by developing a foundation to assist and work in programs supporting forensic populations.

Requirements and prerequisites

You'll need XXX credits to complete this program, which may be earned from a combination of required and elected courses. However, required courses may vary based on previous experience, training or transferable credits. View general requirements.

There are no prerequisites for this course.

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Make a difference in your community

Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services

Incarcerated individuals need professionals who can give them mental and emotional support. Watch Theresa Degard, program manager for Corrections Corporation of America, and Stephen Sharp, academic dean of the College of Social Sciences, explain how this degree prepares you to help offenders reintegrate into society.
00:04 The U.S. has one of the highest incarceration rates in the world with over 700,000 offenders in jail, 1.6 million in prison, and even more on probation.
00:13 This has led to severe problems in the industry, like overcrowding and a lack of qualified staff, leaving a lot of offenders without the mental and emotional support they need.
00:22 Efforts are being placed
00:23 to improve aspects of the institutional and community corrections fields predicting an opening of around 263,000 jobs between 2012 and 2020.
00:34 The Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services provides core classes addressing mental health issues, substance abuse, working with sexual offenders and juvenile offenders.
00:44 The curriculum helps those looking to enhance their career and those entering into the field to work with community jail systems, group homes, rehabilitation facilities, and more.
00:54 If you’re looking for a career that has potential to improve the community we live in, then perhaps this is the right path for you.

Relevant Coursework


Prepare to work within a variety of environments by developing the professional intervention tactics, facilitation skills and foundational competencies needed to work in a social and community service setting.

Provide Needed Support


Gain an understanding of how to work with and support offenders at various levels of involvement with the criminal justice system.

Real-world Curriculum


Learn about behavioral and psychological issues that impact offenders as well as case planning and case management techniques that can be directly applied to supporting them as they transition from the criminal justice system.
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Tuition (per credit) Not available
Tuition (per credit) for 100/200-level courses $410.0
Tuition (per credit) for 300/400-level courses $610.0
Electronic materials fee (per course) Not available
Resource fee $140.0
One time application fee Not available

Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.

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Core courses

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In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

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Program Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the knowledge and skills related to the University Learning Goals, College of Social Sciences graduating students are intended to attain certain program-specific knowledge, skills and abilities. Therefore, you should be able to demonstrate the following learning outcomes by the time you complete this program.

Review the program student learning outcomes (PDF) report for the Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services program.

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