Corrections/Probation & Parole

Corrections, probation & parole officers work with offenders and their families to rehabilitate and aid in the offenders success upon release from jail, prison, or court order probation. Probation & parole officers might arrange for jobs or housing while monitoring the offender’s behavior. Someone working in corrections may have to arrange for mental health services, determine necessary programs for an offender to complete while incarcerated, maintain control and enforce the rules of the jail/prison.
Each state has their own criteria for employees in corrections/probation & parole, however to work in the Federal Bureau of Prisons or as a Federal Probation Office or Federal Parole Officer applicants are required to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree. Our program will prepare you to compete for a variety of jobs within the corrections/probation & parole work force.

Why a degree in Criminal Justice, Corrections/Probation & Parole from Missouri Valley?

In a hands-on field, experiential learning is essential to preparing you for success. The small class sizes at MVC, offer an intimate learning environment that help you develop critical analytical skills, and knowledge of the research findings and methods used in the field. As a student in our program, you’ll build background knowledge in the theories that define deviance, and the laws and policies aimed at its control. This background will help you develop an awareness of individual rights and practice the proper procedures for criminal investigation and the subsequent actions necessary for court proceedings.

Career Possibilities

  • Correctional Counselor
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Parole Officer
  • Correctional Officer
  • Case Manager
  • Probation Officer
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Victimology
  • MS in Criminal Justice Intelligence & Crime Analysis
  • MS in Criminal Justice – Advanced Counterterrorism & Homeland Security
  • MSM in Emergency Management

Courses & Concentrations

Degree in Criminal Justice concentration in Corrections/Probation & Parole

Our criminal justice, corrections/probation & parole degree is almost entirely made up of courses related to your concentration. Some coursework includes criminal law and the Constitution,  introduction to corrections, probation & parole, drugs & the law, and social deviance. In addition, some coursework in sociology is required.

Major Checklist for Criminal Justice – Corrections, Probation, & Parole Concentration​

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor in criminal justice is a valuable asset for students who do not major in criminal justice, but wish to enter law school, desire to counsel children, or to counsel within the prison system. This is a great supplemental minor for those majoring in sociology or psychology, or to have as a second minor along with forensic science. You will study criminal procedures, law, and judicial process, amongst other topics, giving you a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice.

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Karen Reeter
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Charles Pappert, II
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

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