Corrections & Justice Services

The Corrections and Justice Services major at Winona State University prepares you to work in the field of corrections or justice services. These two fields provide a wide range of opportunities for employment, and there are many great things you can do!

The field of corrections relates to the supervision and rehabilitation of offenders.

Correctional professionals work in institutional settings likes jails or prisons, and they also work in community corrections positions like probation and parole.

The Corrections and Justice Services major at WSU will give you the knowledge to help offenders and keep the community safe.

Justice Services: There are many different positions that fall under the concept of justice services. These positions usually involve the administration of programs and projects to help victims and offenders heal, but justice services professionals will also participate in direct casework and management of at-risk populations.

If you want to help people in the justice system, then the Corrections and Justice Services major will offer you those skills. 

Program at a Glance

The Corrections and Justice Services major is 60 credits and you will learn the following skills and knowledge:

  • System Knowledge: What’s the difference between a jail and prison? What do you mean by institutional corrections?

    You will learn basic foundational knowledge about how the correctional system in the United States works. Not only will this give you the ability to the do the work of corrections, but you will also learn where you will best fit into the criminal justice system as a dedicated professional!

    We also provide detailed instruction of how justice services operate, and we will motivate you to seek a job that you discover in our classes.

  • Juvenile Justice: How does the juvenile justice system operate? How can you help juvenile offenders?

    The corrections major will give you knowledge of the juvenile justice system in both courts and corrections.

    You will also learn the sociological and psychological theories of juvenile delinquency and how to respond to juveniles in the field.

  • Practical Skills: How do you write a report? How do you conduct an offender assessment?

    We take pride in our ability to teach you the skills that employers want. You will learn verbal communication tactics like “Verbal Judo,” and you will learn to write documents for the field. You will also learn how to conduct offender assessments and tactics to manage offenders in the facility and the community.

    We provide instruction in Forensic Interviewing and give a solid knowledge of the systems that help and protect victims.

  • Management Skills: How do you spend a budget? Which offenders should go into which program? Where should you place this at-risk youth?

    In public professions, you must be able to make decisions in terms of policy and resources. We are going to give you the knowledge to analyze policy and examine resources, and you will be able to use those skills to make good decisions as a professional in the field.

    We also give you the basics of personnel management so you can climb the ranks in your profession and get those promotions!

Experiential Learning

The WSU program isn’t concerned with just giving you knowledge. We want you to put the knowledge to use and practice the skills you learn.

You will be able to do hands-on exercises and assignments to help prepare you for employment, such as

  • practice de-escalation & verbal Judo.
  • practice writing operational reports.
  • use Excel and do data analysis.
  • conduct mock forensic interviews.
  • analyze use-of-force scenarios.
  • conduct a mock offender assessment.
  • analyze state statutes.
  • make management decisions.
  • participate in internship opportunities.


Careers in Corrections

The Corrections and Justice Services major will prepare you for a career as a

  • correctional officer.
  • jail officer.
  • probation officer.
  • parole officer.
  • juvenile correctional officer.
  • juvenile probation officer.
  • correctional caseworker.
  • community corrections officer.
  • correctional administrator.

Careers in Justice Services

The Corrections and Justice Services major will also prepare you for a career as a

  • victim advocate.
  • child protective worker.
  • Social Services professional.
  • forensic interviewer.
  • child welfare advocate.
  • victim services professional.
  • program manager.
  • drug court manager.
  • court professional.