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Criminal Justice Studies
Associate Degree
63 Credits
Central Campus (Janesville)

Flexible Learning Options

Numerous classes in this program are offered in one or more of these formats. Learn more.


What You’ll Learn

It’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot tougher to make a difference. - Tom Brokaw

Imagine being able to protect others from harm, preserve law and order, and help bring criminals to justice every day! With an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice, BTC can train you for a wide range of career options – from a police officer to correctional officer to a victim advocacy counselor – this program has mentored hundreds of criminal justice professionals in Rock and Green counties.

Recently ranked among the top three programs in Wisconsin by CorrectionalOfficer.org, in Blackhawk’s small classroom environment, students learn from faculty who have logged thousands of training hours and have years of real-world experience in all levels of Criminal Justice. In fact, many of the adjunct professors are still working in the field.

In addition to a comprehensive curriculum, many classes are conveniently offered days, evenings and online to give busy, working adults the flexibility needed to earn a degree. The program also provides an opportunity to choose a law enforcement or corrections emphasis during the second year so students can determine whether they want to earn a two-year degree or make plans to transfer to a four-year college or university.

It should be noted, if you are interested in pursuing a job in the field of criminal justice, some positions will require a comprehensive background check.

Estimated Program Costs & Potential Earnings

Average Wage

$43,736

*based on WTCS Outcomes Report for 2017 Graduates

Potential Careers

Police Officer
Correctional Officer
Private Security
Conservation Warden
Probation/Parole Agent
Police Dispatcher
Juvenile Detention Worker


Career Pathway

Previous education and work experience could qualify for Credit for Prior Learning saving you time and money. Find out more about what may apply to this program.

Criminal Justice Studies

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