Criminal Justice Studies

Associate Degree

The Criminal Justice Studies (CJS) program at BTC is a 63 credit Associate Degree Program designed to provide students with broad exposure to the many components of the criminal justice system in the United States of America. All CJS students will take specific core courses but will also be given the opportunity to take certain emphasis courses based on the student's particular area of interest (law enforcement, adult corrections, juvenile corrections).

Possible career pathways may include:eligibility to apply for enforcement certification academy; county sheriff's office correctional officer; state prison system correctional officer; private security officer; juvenile group home/community corrections worker; juvenile secure detention employee.

Program Outcomes

  • Interpret applicable criminal statutes
  • Explain the steps in the adult criminal justice system
  • Explain the steps in the juvenile justice system
  • Complete required documents and reports
  • Choose lawful and ethical courses of action in professional situations
  • 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
  • Apply strategies for conducting various criminal investigations
  • Communicate professionally

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
801-195 Written Communication 3
809-188 Developmental Psychology 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
Juvenile Residential Services
or Elective
809-159 Abnormal Psychology 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
999-999 Elective 3
 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).