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The criminal justice degree completion major is designed to provide opportunities for further professional development for the working professional. Graduates are prepared for leadership roles in law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, or victim advocacy, and also for graduate school. Courses provide students with a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice in the U.S., including the nature, extent, and causes of crime and delinquency; the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections; and the effectiveness of the policies these agencies use to control crime. In addition, the curriculum cultivates research, critical thinking, and communication skills that are beneficial to students who are working in the criminal justice field or continuing their studies in graduate school. The program is strongly grounded in an interdisciplinary liberal arts tradition, while also offering practical opportunities to gain field experience.

Program Goals

  • Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the structure and function of the components of the criminal justice system (e.g., policing, courts and corrections).
  • Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major theories of crime and delinquency.
  • Outcome 3: Students will develop an original research project related to Criminal Justice administration as well as critically evaluate the research of others.
  • Outcome 4: Students will be able to think critically about criminal justice issues and policies.
  • Outcome 5: Students will be able to effectively communicate their ideas in a variety of interpersonal and organizational settings.
  • Outcome 6: Students will demonstrate a basic understanding of the professional code of ethics for criminal justice professionals.
  • Outcome 7: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the role that diversity plays in the workings of the criminal justice system.
  • Outcome 8: Students will demonstrate understanding of the basic principles of public administration (e.g., basic management models, principles, and strategies) utilized by contemporary police, courts, and correctional criminal justice organizations.


    • Classes are offered in a combination of online and classroom meetings; a blended teaching approach.
    • Classes are offered in a 14-week format.

    Transfer Policy

    • Students must have earned an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in law enforcement/criminal justice from a Wisconsin Technical College or an Associate in Science (A.S.) degree from Rochester Community and Technical College or Southeast Technical College in Minnesota.
    • The degree must have been earned since May 2006, unless you are actively employed in the criminal justice field.
    • The associate degree must be completed prior to transfer to Viterbo. Students cannot be dually enrolled.

    For more information

    Please contact Center for Adult Learning at Viterbo University by filling out the form on this page or calling 1-855-545-3912.

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