Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Rehabilitation, safety and advocacy: exemplary conduct of a noble profession in today’s correctional system. Become an authority in ensuring the safety and welfare of citizens with classes in probation, parole, case management and crisis intervention. Our program will prepare you for a career advocating for juveniles to managing criminals and ensure their safety and welfare throughout their path.

The Backbone Of The American Justice System

As a Tiffin University graduate with a major in Corrections, you will be part of the backbone of the American Justice System. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) Corrections major is designed for students who are interested in understanding and working with criminal offenders. Through this major, you will be equipped to handle the dynamic nature of the largest facet of the criminal justice system. The program focuses on the relationship of the field of corrections to the broader criminal justice system, as well as the evaluation and treatment of offenders in community supervision, custodial and community-based facilities


A Strong Academic Foundation

The major is structured to give our students sufficient background in legal issues, management, history, social work and counseling that effectively augment the knowledge and skills they develop in the criminal justice core curriculum. A strong emphasis is placed on providing the latest perspectives on offender reentry, population management strategies, offender motivation, theory and policy that will provide you with the requisite educational foundation to effect positive outcomes in offender management.


Our Faculty: Working Professionals With Real-World Experience

Our Corrections program offers students the unique opportunity to interact with working professionals from the field. Our faculty come from the correctional environment and bring to the classroom their professional practice experiences from working in prisons, jails, parole, court security, counseling, and international field work.

Our faculty’s professional practice experience offers you, the student, an innovative blend of theory and practice that is crucial for effective professional education. In addition, our faculty take you into the field and let you explore the correctional environment first-hand, which allows you to gain a better understanding of the classroom instruction.

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Corrections Major 30 hours

  • COR120 Correctional Thought and Practice
  • COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems
  • COR245 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections
  • COR336 Constitutional Rights of Prisoners
  • COR420 Agency Management 
  • FOR423 Case Management
  • FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies
  • FOR347 Sex Crimes
  • PSY362 Abnormal Behavior
  • FOR365 Drugs and Society

Total BCJ hours 121


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

Online - Offered in two 7-week terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Correctional Thought and Practice (COR120) - An in-depth analysis of correctional alternatives available for the treatment of the offender. Emphasis will focus on the traditional correctional facilities as well as probation, parole and community corrections alternatives.

Juvenile Justice Systems (COR231) - The history, concepts, and scope of the juvenile justice system and its contrast with the adult system of justice. Includes an analysis of the juvenile justice process from initial intervention of delinquency and status offenses by law enforcement personnel and others through release from intervention.

Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections (COR245) - Course is designed to address the two common options to the imprisonment of a convicted offender. Theoretical approaches regarding the philosophical as well as the practical aspects of these alternatives are considered.

Constitutional Rights of Prisoners (COR336) - An in-depth study of the wide range of court decisions that have had an effect on the offender. Concentrates on due process in the institutions, parole and probation hearings and classification procedures. 

Agency Management (COR420) - This course analyzes some of the distinct differences between public and private management. The theory of controlling, organizing, planning, directing and assembling resources is covered. Students will develop a course project designed to cover the concepts explored in this course.

  • Adult / Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Case Worker
  • Child Protective Services Investigator
  • Corrections Program Administrator /Counselor
  • Court Administrator
  • Delinquency Prevention Counselor
  • Graduate School
  • Jail / Prison Corrections Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Ohio County Sheriff’s Offices
  • Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • Ohio Department of Youth Services


Dr. Gordon Crews
Dr. Gordon Crews Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Jeffry Stockner
Jeffry Stockner Professor of Business Law & Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies / Chair for Main Campus...
Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice / Chair for Undergraduate Off-Campus Seated...
Charles White
Dr. Charles White Assistant Professor / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis Assistant Professor & Chair for Criminal Justice Graduate Programs / Internship...
Scott Blough
Scott Blough Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, Criminal...


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