Criminal Justice Studies

Associate Degree

Persons interested in careers in criminal justice will receive theoretical and practical information in the program. Criminal justice is becoming increasingly complex and important. Today's criminal justice employees must be trained to meet the challenges of our changing society. The Criminal Justice Studies Program courses, as well as support and general education courses, will prepare the student for a position as a law enforcement officer (state, county, municipal), correctional officer, juvenile detention officer, police dispatcher, or many other occupational areas in the criminal justice system.

Program Outcomes

  • Examine the components of and interrelationships in the criminal justice system
  • Analyze situational responses
  • Apply communication skills as a criminal justice professional 
  • Conduct investigations
  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics for a criminal justice practitioner
  • Maintain personal wellness
  • Explain the balance between protecting individual rights and ensuring public safety
  • Identify government, community and social service agencies associated with the criminal justice system
  • Identify correctional alternatives for juveniles
  • Identify correctional alternatives for adults
  • Interpret applicable criminal statutes

Graduates Have Found Employment As

  • Eligibility to apply to law enforcement officer certification academy (police office and deputy sheriff)
  • County Correctional Officer
  • Juvenile Detention Officer
  • Group Home Worker
  • Community Juvenile Diversion Worker
  • Case Manager (Halfway House)
  • Private Security Officer
  • State Prison Correctional Officer

View the entire course listing.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
504-922 The Criminal Justice System 3
504-923 Criminal Procedure 3
504-926 Juvenile Justice System 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Semester 2
504-924 Substantive Criminal Law 3
504-925 Interview and Interrogation 3
520-114 Victimology 3
801-195 Written Communication 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester 3
Introduction to Corrections
or Policing and Crime Prevention
or Juvenile Offenders and Family
504-911 Peacekeeping in a Diverse Society 3
504-921 Drugs, Society, Criminal Justice 3
504-927 Introductory Report Writing 3
809-159 Abnormal Psychology 3
999-999 Elective 3
Semester 4
504-928 Criminal Investigation Strategies 3
Patrol Procedures
or Community Corrections
804-107 College Mathematics 3
806-110 Forensic Science (Criminalistics) 3
Juvenile Residential Services
or Elective
 Total Credits63

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
801-196Oral/Interpersonal Communication3
806-110Forensic Science (Criminalistics)3
809-159Abnormal Psychology3
809-188Developmental Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
804-107College Mathematics3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Criminal Justice Career Path (PDF).