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Corrections Minor

Build specialized skills and an institutional understanding in the Corrections minor at the University of Central Missouri. You’ll stand out in the workforce with the knowledge you’ll gain in this focused minor and take great strides in achieving your professional goals in the institutional or community corrections fields.

Take courses from faculty who have extensive knowledge of the criminal justice and criminology discipline. What’s more, you’ll learn about what it’s like to work in corrections from mentors who have years of field experience. Benefit from their knowledge as they guide you through the undergraduate program coursework and advise you on your corrections career after graduation.

Majors that pair well with UCM’s Corrections minor

You may benefit from earning a Corrections minor even if you don’t plan on working in a correctional institution. Learning about the correctional system as a whole and the unique life experiences of those who’ve been in it may help you to better understand areas of study in UCM majors such as:

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Fully online option

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Learn from experienced professionals

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Established minor since 1980

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Approximately 25 students per class

What you will study

Your professors in the Corrections minor program know that you need to learn about more than just how correctional facilities operate. That’s why you’ll also study important topics such as the history of corrections, institutional operations and challenges, landmark court rulings, legal issues in the field and the impact of mental health issues on correctional populations.

In addition to those subjects, you’ll take engaging classes to round out your program coursework. These could include:

  • Institutional Operations
  • History of Corrections
  • Law of Corrections and Prisoners’ Rights
  • Probation, Parole and Community Corrections


Excellence in corrections

  • #2: Best Criminal Justice Schools in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Highest Paid Bachelor's Degree Criminal Justice & Corrections Graduates in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 10%: Most Popular Online Criminal Justice & Corrections Schools (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 6.5%: Most Popular Colleges for Criminal Justice (College Factual, 2022)
  • Top 15%: Top Ranked Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections for Veterans (College Factual, 2021)
  • Top 15%: Best Value Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections (College Factual, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in corrections

We know it’s important to understand how to apply your classroom skills to the real world. The University of Central Missouri provides engaging ways for you to gain work experience before you graduate.

  • Internships: Participate in a paid internship through our agreement with the Missouri Department of Corrections and the Department of Youth Services within the Missouri Department of Social Services. You may get to help with case management, work with custody staff, mentor youth and gain firsthand knowledge about administrative operations within a correctional facility.
  • Field trips: Take classroom excursions to correctional institutions and mental health facilities across the state to get up-close exposure to classroom concepts in action.


What can you do with a minor in Corrections from UCM?

The Corrections minor at the University of Central Missouri prepares you with the skills and knowledge to succeed in any correctional setting. You’ll be ready to work with groups ranging from minors to adults in locations such as jails, prisons, community agencies and juvenile facilities.

UCM alumni with a Corrections minor work in a wide variety of positions within the Missouri Department of Corrections, including the Division of Adult Institutions and the Division of Probation and Parole. Their roles include corrections officers, supervisors and wardens.

As you prepare for your career in corrections, you can explore a diverse number of ways to contribute to the field after graduation. In addition to roles such as property officer, security supervisor and jailer, you can perform casework, re-entry coordination, community program coordination, jail inspections and work crew coordination.

Jobs in corrections

Use the tool below to learn about types of careers in corrections, salary expectations, employment growth for this field and more.




Financial assistance options for your Corrections minor

At the University of Central Missouri, you can get a high-value degree at an affordable price. In fact, LendEDU recognized UCM as a top-ranked university for low student debt.

In addition to benefiting from our affordable tuition, you can work with our financial aid counselors to explore the many ways we help you finance your college education, including:

  • University scholarships
  • Grants
  • Tuition awards

We also offer numerous Alumni Foundation scholarships reserved exclusively for students enrolled in certain undergraduate majors and programs. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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