Criminal Justice | Western Technical College

Criminal Justice

Associate Degree

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A career in a criminal justice occupation can be rewarding. This degree will help you develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need to contribute to community life. Your coursework will address a wide range of subject matter required for entry level criminal justice practitioners and focus on combining theory with application.

After graduation, students can pursue certifications in law enforcement and jail by attending and successfully completing those academies at Western. Western also has transfer agreements with many other local universities for those students who desire a bachelor’s degree.

Courses are conducted at Western's Public Safety Training Center in Sparta and are taught by full-time educators who advanced degrees and full-time law enforcement experience.

Courses are conducted at Western's state-of-the-art Public Safety Training Facility in Sparta and are taught by full-time educators, law enforcement officers, and supervisors recognized as leaders in law enforcement training.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Criminal Justice

This program will cost about $9,800* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Criminal Justice 2020-2021 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding15
Employed in Related Occupation7
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education6
Not in Labor Market1

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week45
Median Hourly Wage$29.00
Hourly Wage Range
Median Annual Salary$67,855

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Adolescent Secure Unit Worker, Arborist, Deputy, Detention Duty, Police Officer, Sergeant, Sheriff

Career Opportunities

Police Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Security Officer
Law Enforcement Officer
State Patrol Officer

Program Outcomes

  • Living responsibly
  • Refining professionalism
  • Cultivating passion
  • Explain how criminal justice is a reflection of historical and contemporary American society
  • Analyze historical and contemporary philosophical ideologies that shape the cause, nature, and extent of a crime
  • Recognize how the criminal justice system addresses human behavior and social problems which affect individuals and society
  • Describe crime causation and societal impact along with the concept of justice from different perspectives which demonstrate critical and analytical thinking
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the various roles of criminal justice practitioners
  • Apply their knowledge of the criminal justice system, crime prevention and crime deterrence through community involvement
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of cultural awareness in contemporary American criminal justice
  • Demonstrate core values and ethics of the criminal justice practitioners

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee

Additional Requirements

To enroll in the Criminal Justice program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below. The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.

Software and Technology

Most of Western’s classes require the use of a personal computer or laptop, standard software, internet access, and other technology-related items.

If you do not have a personal computer or laptop, or if the one you have does not meet the following criteria, resources may be available. Submit a Student Resource Request using our online form.

Computer/Laptop Hardware

  • Smartphones are not recommended for completing assignments.
  • Chromebooks are not recommended due to issues with installing software that is needed for classes, such as Office 365.
  • Web camera with microphone (usually built into newer laptops or can be purchased separately) is necessary for online participation.

Software Needs

For detailed specifications, please review Technology and Software Recommendations for Most Classes on Western’s IT Knowledgebase.

Campus Resources

Need Assistance?

  • Contact the Learning Commons! The staff are happy to answer questions, provide individualized assistance, and direct you to other supports as needed.

Transfer Agreements

Viterbo University

Career Pathways

This program is part of a career pathway, a laddered approach to career education. It allows you to earn employer-recognized credentials that lead to job and career advancement.

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