Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Corrections

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.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.

Testimonial

“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Corrections Major 42 hours

COR120 Correctional Thought and Practice ............................................................................................................................................3 hours

COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems ...............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

COR245 Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections ..................................................................................................................3 hours

COR336 Constitutional Rights of Prisoners ............................................................................................................................................3 hours

COR420 Agency Management .....................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF293 Criminology (w).................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FOR105 Victimology..........................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FOR344 Psychology of Violence and Aggression (w) ........................................................................................................................... 3 hours

FOR423 Case Management ............................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FOR430 Crisis Intervention Strategies .....................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FOR347 Sex Crimes ...........................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

FOR365 Drugs and Society ............................................................................................................................................................................. 3 hours

PSY101 Introduction to Psychology............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

PSY362 Abnormal Behavior...........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours 

Total ......................................................................................................................................................................... 42 hours

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice 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.

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

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

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
  • Corrections
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Corporate Security
  • County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Criminal Investigator / Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer / Program Administrator
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • Special Agent

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Federal Probation Offices
  • County Sheriff’s Offices
  • Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
  • Department of Youth Services
  • Local Jails
  • State Correctional Facilities
  • State Probation Offices

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.

Faculty

Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

Department Chair, Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean...
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Security Studies & Interim Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Testimonials

  • “I was faced with the pressure of being the very first to graduate from college in my immediate family. Not coming from a wealthy or 'well off' background, college was just a very faint thought, even approaching my senior year in high school. I dealt with self-esteem issues throughout my high school career and I found it hard to see myself anywhere than where I was. My perceived challenges were rooted from me and my surrounding circumstances. Here at TU, I was able to overcome my fears and put myself in a position that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Becoming a Dragon was the best decision I have ever made.”

    Nellene Arnett
    Class of 2017
    Toledo, Ohio

    Students in game room
  • I knew Tiffin University was the place for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I toured a handful of other universities offering similar programs, but TU was the only school that truly made me feel at home.

    -Caleb Reynolds '15

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • “There is always gonna be a little doubt in any person's mind when it comes to new things. But for me, I think proving people, who said I couldn't do it, wrong is my biggest motivation. There's really nothing that seems impossible to me anymore, the world is constantly changing and I feel like I am much more capable of adapting to those changes now compared to when I was walking on to TU's campus for the first time.”

    Alexandra Tozzie
    Class of 2018
    Louisville, Colorado

    Students in game room
  • I could not have asked for better faculty. I love how small the class sizes are because I really know the majority of my professors pretty well. More importantly, they know me really well and are aware of my future goals and aspirations. I know that I could seek help from any one of my mentors and they would give me the best advice that they had.

    -Beata Krembuszewski '17

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015
    "I chose TU because of its reputation for excellence, national recognition, many extracurricular opportunities and because it offers in a small, diverse college environment. I have learned the significance of academics, leadership, diversity, communication, and relationships. TU allowed me to get out of my comfort zone in order to lead and inspire. It has prepared me to make wise and imperative decisions that will benefit me in my career and my life.”

    – Ivan Santiago, Class of 2015

    Ivan Santiago - Class of 2015

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