Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies

In Gateway’s Criminal Justice Studies associate degree program, you’ll learn hands-on in exciting training facilities including a CSI/Blood Spatter room, scenario-based Jail Cells and a Firearms Training Range. Your criminology courses include using laser technology, defense and arrest tactics, evidence gathering and much more. You’ll graduate ready to begin an action-packed career in law enforcement.

  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities that mirror the settings, scenarios and situations that you’ll face as a law enforcement officer, including crime scenes, jail cells and firearms training.. These include crime scenes, jail cells and firearms training. 
  • Develop the skills you need to succeed in law enforcement, including arrest, search and seizure tactics, criminal and juvenile law, interrogations and confessions, criminal investigation and more. 
  • Gain professional experience through Gateway’s Police Science Internship program or Criminal Justice Club and work with certified police stations or law enforcement agencies before graduation. 
  • Network and grow your resume by studying abroad and working with expert instructors who possess knowledge and insights about job openings, training opportunities and current law enforcement trends.
  • Join Gateway’s Law Enforcement Academy after graduating with your Criminal Justice Studies associate degree and prepare to become certified as a police officer.
Program Credits



Elkhorn Campus, Kenosha Campus, Racine Campus

Financial Aid Eligible


Estimated Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $10,516
Books & Supplies: $4,341

Start Dates

Fall, Spring, Summer

Salary Outlook


Career Opportunities: Corrections Officer, Deputy Sheriff, Jailer, Police Officer, Probation Officer

Criminal Justice Studies Career Pathway

Career Pathways are designed to help you reach your educational goals and explore college and career options. Pathways are made up of related certificates, diplomas and degrees that build on common skills and knowledge. You can begin at any point on the Career Pathway and customize your pathway to fit your goals. View the pathway for your area of interest.