UW-Stout's Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation program will prepare graduates to work in criminal justice positions such as probation and parole agents, correctional treatment specialists, juvenile services, and diversion court programs. Program curriculum will develop students’ oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, ability to apply ethical and legal standards in decision making, interpersonal and social skills, understanding of diversity in criminal justice, organizational skills, and ability to examine and analyze individual needs.

The  B.S. in Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation offers a unique approach as compared to other criminal justice programs at universities in the region. The rehabilitation model emphasizes education and training to promote positive behavioral change as well as recognition of the underlying factors that commonly lead to unlawful behavior. The program focuses on rehabilitation of the offender, rather than punishment and incarceration. UW-Stout's program will be distinct from other programs in the region which are based in sociology and political science disciplines.  In addition, the program promotes interdisciplinary training with an emphasis on applied practice in developing techniques to affect positive behavioral change.

Employment Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow nationally by 18 percent  from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as average for all occupations (bls.gov/ooh/). Continued growth in the demand for probation and parole services will lead to new openings for officers and related career tracks. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, the employment of correctional treatment specialists is expected to grow by 10 percent to 14 percent until 2018 (careerinfonet.org).

As alternatives to incarceration, such as probation and restorative justice, become more widely used, the demand for correctional treatment specialists will grow in the region. According to the Wisconsin West Central Workforce Development Area Occupational Projections for 2008–2018, correctional treatment specialists will grow 10 percent, while the average increase across all occupations will be 3.3 percent (worknet.wisconsin.gov).


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