Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice at Viterbo

Criminal justice provides exposure to many aspects of the legal system and career opportunities in corrections, court systems, law enforcement, and a variety of other fields. Successful professionals in the criminal justice field need to be aware of social issues and demonstrate an understanding of the professional code of ethics and an ability to make decisions consistent with those standards.

Criminal justice majors at Viterbo University receive 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 the crime problem. Small class sizes encourage interaction, discussion, and more individualized attention, while internships give opportunities for students to gain field experience and professional certifications.

Criminal justice majors at Viterbo develop a sense of the importance of justice in all areas of social life, respect for the human dignity of each individual, and a lifelong commitment to service in our communities. Students learn about the roles that class, race, and gender play in the criminal justice system. With a criminal justice degree from Viterbo University, graduates will have the proper training and development of critical thinking and communication skills to make ethical decisions.

Apply or plan a visit today to get started on your education and career in criminal justice. 

Program Highlights

  • Internships designed to prepare students for a career in a desired profession
  • Opportunity to complete the educational requirements for substance abuse counseling certification
  • Active chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society
  • Many courses taught by current criminal justice professionals or individuals with extensive prior experience in the criminal justice system
  • Opportunity to complete the Law Enforcement Academy administered by Western Technical College


Marlene Fisher
Associate Professor/Chair, Social Work, Sociology, and Criminal Justice

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Featured Alumni

Mandy Bisek

"The education received in the classroom at Viterbo accompanied by professors that truly believed in me as a student were invaluable. To accompany that education and confidence with a strong and fitting internship experience set the stage for my present career in juvenile justice."

Mandy Bisek '03  
Supervisor of Juvenile Justice
La Crosse County

Career Examples

  • Correctional officer
  • Paralegal
  • Police and sheriff’s patrol officer
  • Private detective or investigator
  • Probation and parole officer
  • Security guard
  • Victim advocate

Graduate Schools/Employers of Alumni

  • ATTIC Correctional Services
  • Columbia County Jail
  • Family and Children’s Center
  • Juneau County Sheriff’s Department
  • La Crosse Police Department
  • Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
  • Wisconsin Department of Probation and Parole
  • YWCA Mediation and Restorative Justice Services