Criminal Justice Studies

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Criminal Justice Studies

Associate Degree

61 Credits | 2 Year

2 Year | Financial Aid-Eligible

Ashland*, New Richmond*, Rice Lake*, Superior*, Online

*Combination of On Site, Online, and Hybrid instruction

Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety & Security

If you're passionate about helping and protecting others in your community, consider a career in the criminal justice field. Northwood Tech's Criminal Justice Studies program will prepare you with the skills to succeed in this constantly changing and evolving field. 

Program Overview

Protective services today require employees that are knowledgeable, ethical, have strong communication skills and are adaptable to ever-changing technological and societal changes. The Criminal Justice Studies Associate Degree program will prepare you for various positions in law enforcement, probation/parole, corrections, juvenile detention, police dispatching, security, or others. Additional positions in protective services may require a bachelors degree, such as with the FBI or other state/federal agencies.

Program Outcomes

Criminal Justice Studies graduates will be able to:

  • Illustrate the interrelationships of the three core components of the criminal justice system
  • Analyze situational responses
  • Apply communication skills as a criminal justice professional
  • Conduct investigations
  • Examine the professional code of ethics for a criminal justice practitioner
  • Explore personal wellness strategies for the criminal justice professions
  • Explain the role of criminal justice professionals in working with diverse populations
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Northwood Tech's reputation for providing employers with graduates who are equipped with the skills and latest techniques in the criminal justice field will make you a highly sought after individual. 


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Through case studies and group work, you'll develop the knowledge that will prepare you for employment.

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In just two years, you can have a successful career in the criminal justice field. 

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100% of Northwood Tech graduates employed within six months.


Classes are offered in person at each Northwood Tech campus. Coursework includes Policing Strategies, Criminal Justice Ethics, Probation/Parole, Traffic Law Enforcement and more. 

Club Activities

You can participate in the Criminal Justice Club, which provides you with additional opportunities to network and learn with professionals, attend meetings and field trips, and more. 

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Northwood Tech's continuous networking with professionals, employers and recent graduates will ensure your courses are up-to-date and applicable for your future career.  

Highly Trained, Passionate Instructors

Learn with highly-trained and passionate instructors who bring a multitude of experience to the learning environment. Every instructor is committed to your success. 


Criminal Justice Studies coursework includes Policing Strategies, Criminal Justice Ethics, Probation/Parole, Criminology, Traffic Law Enforcement and more. 

Explore the Curriculum

Featured Criminal Justice Studies Courses

| 3 CR
Students will learn various policing strategies. Emphasis will be placed on community policing philosophies and problem solving using community resources. Understand how to identify and develop partnerships in the community to promote positive community relationships.
| 3 CR
This introductory course explores the development of the American judicial system. Students will examine the operational procedures of the federal, state, municipal, and specialized court systems as they impact law enforcement and/or corrections.
| 3 CR
Compare and contrast the juvenile and adult justice systems. The historical aspect of the juvenile system will be studies and compared to the modern day system. Juvenile sanctions and dispositions, including rehabilitation and therapy, will be discussed. Laws covering child maltreatment and children in need of protection services will be recognized.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has a simple admission process that can be completed in one visit. To start the process, simply fill out an application form along with a $30 application fee. After you’ve successfully submitted your application, your next step is to schedule an admissions meeting with a Northwood Tech counselor to discuss your goals and expectations. That’s it!

Tuition and Fees

Northwood Tech breaks down the cost of education, so you'll have a good idea of how much your education will cost.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits and scholarships. 

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Estimated Total Program Costs 2021-22*

Criminal Justice Studies

64 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

After the Northwood Tech Criminal Justice Studies Program

Upon completion of the program, you will obtain an associate degree in Criminal Justice Studies.

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Transfer Options

Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college in Wisconsin to obtain your bachelor's degree and beyond.

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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Choose a campus to view contact information, or for general assistance, please contact us.

Rice Lake Admissions Contact

Tia Dietz

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 5220


Ashland Admissions Contact

Jennifer Bednarik

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 3195


New Richmond Admissions Contact

Jodi Saliny

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 4339


Superior Admissions Contact

Mary Glad

Admissions Advisor

800.243.9482 ext. 6243


Basic Jail Officer Academy

This 200-hour Academy is designed for officers who are employed by a Correctional Department.

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