online bscpss degree
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Register by: May 10, 2023
Courses in this transfer-friendly program are just 5 weeks long, so they can fit into your busy life. Plus, There’s no application fee, no SAT test requirements, and we’ll even request your prior college transcripts for you.
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You’ll need 120 credits to complete this Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services. Your course schedule may vary based on transferable credits or credits earned through the University’s Prior Learning Assessment.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in a corrections environment.
These courses lay the foundation for all our degree programs. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in correctional program support services — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in, whether they’re related to your degree or not. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Here’s where you’ll pick up the bulk of your program-specific knowledge. By the time you finish these courses, you should have the confidence and skills needed in this field.
Select from a variety of courses that help lay the foundation for your degree program. Because communication, math and writing skills aren’t just universally applicable in the professional world — they’re useful in daily life.
Elective courses allow you to learn about topics you’re interested in. That means you’ll have a degree that’s unique to you and your education goals.
Each course shows which in-demand skills are covered — so you know when you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate the skills employers want.Learn more about skills-based learning
This course is an overview of the organization and jurisdictions of local, state, and federal law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections agencies involved in the criminal justice system. Special issues affecting the criminal justice system including prevention efforts, recidivism, and evidence-based practices are reviewed.
This course is an introduction to the various components of the corrections system within the criminal justice system. It provides an overview of corrections, including corrections history and the persons, agencies, and organizations that manage convicted offenders. Other topics that are covered include policy and procedure, sentencing, community supervision, and rehabilitations of prisoners.
This course highlights the causes of criminal behavior and the theoretical interpretations of such behavior. Students are introduced to criminological methods of inquiry and review several different classifications of crime. Students also consider the public policy implications of various approaches to criminology.
This course provides an overview of correctional populations, and discusses the ethical, legal, and security aspects of the profession, including inmate manipulation and games.
This course provides a unified view of the field of social psychology as it relates to the development of criminogenic factors and criminal behavior. It presents the concepts of social influence and group think as they relate to human thoughts, feelings, and actions.
This course provides an overview of ethical standards outlined by human service, criminal justice, and mental health organizations. Students will explore and examine their personal values, beliefs, and biases as they relate to different social involved populations.
This course offers an inclusive, critical, and balanced examination of diverse populations. The emphasis of this course is on implicit and explicit multicultural factors. Students will examine personal beliefs, values, and develop culturally appropriate strategies when working with diverse and special populations.
This course introduces students to the purpose, philosophy, and functions of intake, assessment, and classification within the correctional system. Students survey multiple tools for determining risk and the needs of incarcerated individuals.
This course will prepare students to develop and manage a case plan for individuals in the correctional system, based on specific risk, needs, and resources. Students will examine factors that influence case planning and management.
This course identifies the variety of facilitation skills necessary for promoting positive behavioral change in inmates and offenders. Students explore the distinction between paraprofessional and professional program services.
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to theories and research concerning psychopathology. The course will address such topics the classification of abnormal behaviors into various diagnostic categories; the etiologies (causes) of psychological disorders; and an overview of major models of prevention, intervention, and treatment of mental health issues in the criminal justice system
This course will prepare students to address the challenges of working with juvenile offenders. Students will examine the differences in supervision strategies, classification systems, custodial relationship, and the unique role of the family with juvenile offenders.
This course examines the history of substance abuse and addiction, including the effects of addiction on individuals, families, and communities. Topics include national and international perspectives and strategies regarding addiction, as well as their relationship to the judicial system. The course includes an overview of the major models of prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and maintenance and relapse prevention.
This course provides an overview of the continuum of programs and interventions in both institutional and community-based settings. It also explores the risk/need assessment process that determines program placement.
This course transitions students through the foundations of study at University of Phoenix. Students develop personal strategies for achieving educational goals and develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and communication.
This course provides an overview of the key components of comprehensive wellness. Based on a preventive model, the course will allow learners to explore choices that promote wellness with goals of living longer and better.
The course introduces theories and concepts in psychology that will foster academic success and provide students with opportunities to synthesize and apply that knowledge.
This course develops the reading, writing, and critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and life success.
Students learn how to think critically, focusing on developing the necessary tools and skills to analyze problems, make decisions, and formulate well-supported points of view on key academic, social, and professional issues.
This course extends practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking. Emphasis is given to developing an effective writing process that takes into account audience and rhetorical purpose.
This course introduces students to thinking about and working with numbers by examining the day-to-day and societal importance of money.
This course provides an applied approach to team building, collaboration, and conflict resolution. Students must understand and apply these concepts within academic and professional settings. Students develop structures, processes, and strategies to create and maintain effective teams. Gender, cultural, and individual considerations in team dynamics are also explored.
The course provides an introduction to the most prominent forms of media that influence and impact social, business, political, and popular culture in contemporary America. It explores the unique aspects of each medium as well as interactions across various media that combine to create rich environments for information sharing, entertainment, business, and social interaction in the United States and around the world.
This course will introduce students to the scientific principles that are required to identify environmental phenomenon. Students will explore the composition and processes of Earth's lithosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere to examine environmental impact and mitigation of environmental risk.
Students apply advanced quantitative reasoning skills to solve real-world problems. This course emphasizes modeling skills, statistical methods, and probability to create, analyze, and communicate solutions.
This applications-driven course prepares students to critically analyze and solve problems using quantitative reasoning. Students approach real-world scenarios using numerous reasoning skills and mathematical literacy to draw conclusions.
Students in this course will explore the implications of ethnicity, culture, and diversity within the context of society. Students will be introduced to racial and ethnic relations, prejudice, stereotypes, discrimination, and adaptation and conflict in diverse cultures.
This course introduces students to the constitutional foundations and governing institutions of the federal government. Throughout the course, students address common political themes, such as the nature and scope of governance, democracy, and patterns of political behavior.
This course is an introduction to the set of perspectives on human life that allows us to understand how our personal lives are affected by our place in society. It explores ways of looking at the world that allow us to understand how the events and experiences of our lives are part of group dynamics, of social institutions, and of cultural meanings. It allows us to see personal events and meanings as affected by historical forces and to see how historical events may be shaped by personal choices.
This course examines traditions and developments in the visual and performing arts including music, dance, theater, cinema, visual arts, and architecture. Students will be introduced to the elements of each genre, along with an overview of its historical development in Western European tradition.
This course provides students with an introduction to the organization, administration, and functions of American state and local governments. The relationship between state and federal governments is also analyzed.
This course introduces the basic concepts of human nutrition to highlight ways that students can integrate healthy nutrition into their lifestyles. Principles of digestion and absorption, the function of nutrients, lifecycle nutrition practices, disease prevention, diet modifications, and weight management are covered. Practical application of these principles to the students' lives is emphasized.
This course overviews the foundations of psychology as the field applies to everyday life. The physical and mental aspects of psychology are traced through lifespan development with emphasis on psychological health and wellness. Further study focuses on personality; thinking, learning and memory; motivation and emotions; and gender and sexuality. Based in various historical traditions, the course is set in the context of contemporary psychological principles.
This course is an introduction to the study of personality. The course examines theoretical explanations for understanding personality development and explores each theory. The course also investigates how personality is assessed. The focus is on approaches that psychology has developed for understanding personality and on applications for organizational processes.
This course focuses on a historical view of human development leading to the current life span approach to form an understanding of the developing individual, and it explores influences on human development, ranging from individual models to cross-cultural groups. Emphasis is given to personality, social, intellectual, and physical development, and the major theories used to describe how people change throughout their life span.
This course offers a survey of the major historical developments, structural cosmology, symbolic interpretation, and values of the Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian, and Shinto traditions.
This course provides a survey of the major historical developments, structural cosmology, symbolic interpretation, and values of the Judaic, Christian, and Islamic religious traditions.
This course provides an overview of mythology and its relationship to ancient and current cultures. The course covers the purposes and types of myths, the development of myths and mythological characters, the common elements of mythological structures, the predominant characteristics of deities and sacred places in myth, contemporary theories of myths and mythology, and how myths and mythic structures shape contemporary culture.
This course is an overview of the principal social, political, economic, and global events which have shaped the American experience since World War II. Understanding modern American history is a necessity in today's ever-changing world. This course aims to supply the tools for understanding current political, social, cultural, and economic problems in the U.S. by applying a historical perspective to analyze contemporary issues.
This course focuses on the issues, challenges, and opportunities presented by U.S. population diversity. Workplace issues related to employee diversity in terms of gender, race or ethnicity, socioeconomic class, and cultural background are emphasized.
When you earn your on campus or online Bachelor or Science in Correctional Program Support Service, you’ll be equipped with a concrete set of skills you can apply on the job.
You’ll learn how to:
Your academic counselor will help schedule your courses for a Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services.
If you are located in Phoenix, this program may be offered as Blended. This means you’ll start at the Phoenix campus to complete your general education courses, and then transition to online learning for your core program courses.
The Bachelor of Science in Correctional Program Support Services is an educational degree program that provides a foundation or knowledge in the field of correctional program support services. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a correctional officer, social worker or counselor.
A BSCPSS degree can prepare you to be a:
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Transfer eligible college credits, or if you’ve completed the Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) or Basic Corrections Academy training, you can apply to have relevant experience evaluated for potential college credit.
Your prior credits can cover up to 75% of your bachelor’s degree to help you graduate in as little as a year.
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