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Criminal Justice Studies

Associate of Applied Science


About the Program

The Criminal Justice Studies program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer. Students who complete the six semester program will earn an associate's degree in Criminal Justice Studies and a technical diploma in Law Enforcement Recruit.

The program fully integrates the 720 hour Wisconsin Department of Justice Law Enforcement Recruit Academy which satisfies the requirements for certification as a Law Enforcement Officer in Wisconsin. Please consult with the program advisor regarding Law Enforcement Standards Board requirements or a criminal justice practicum. Students study the law enforcement field plus the areas of physical and behavioral sciences to meet the demands of the police profession, including criminal investigation, traffic theory, tactical skills, and professional communications.

Graduates of the program must be hired withing 2 years of graduation to keep their certification or they may need to repeat the Law Enforcement Recruit Academy.


Financial Aid Eligible

This program is eligible for financial aid. Please contact the Financial Aid Office for further details.


Possible Careers

  • Municipal, County, State, or Federal Law Enforcement
  • Private Security
  • Private Investigator
  • Corrections
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Police Telecommunicator/Dispatcher
  • Loss Control/Prevention Manager
  • Government Security Agent
  • Conservation Warden/DNR or Park Ranger
  • Military Law Enforcement Officer


Program Outcomes

A. Think critically
B. Manage emergencies
C. Communicate effectively
D. Demonstrate professionalism
E. Conduct investigations
F. Interact with others
G. Demonstrate tactical skills


Transfer Agreements

Students who complete the Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement degree can seamlessly transfer credits to Franklin University, apply their Nicolet credits towards a Bachelor of Science degree in public safety management, and complete their degree via distance learning.

Contact the Academic Advising Office at 715-365-4912 or 800-544-3039 ext. 4912, for more information.


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