Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies

Associates of Applied Science

About the Criminal Justice Studies Program

Designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as a law enforcement officer, you'll 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. 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.

Program Outline

Semester: 1
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410400 Criminal Justice Program Orientation
Description

Covers the following topics: program overview, related careers, college services and support services available, library resources, introduction to academic research techniques, and introduction to Blackboard. The course will help students increase critical and creative thinking skills and better prepare them for program and overall college success.

1.00
1050414000 Computer Utilization for Criminal Justice
Description

Introduces the learner to the use of computer and internet technologies available to the criminal justice practitioner. Students will learn the fundamentals of computer usage, internet research methods and resources, fundamental investigative techniques of cyber-crimes, and the specialized use of criminal justice software for crime scene reconstruction and suspect facial reconstruction.

3.00
1050490700 Community Policing Strategies
Description

Deals with the sociological aspects of police-community interactions. The dynamics of a diverse society are explored in order to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that reflect understanding of the diversity within communities.

3.00
1080119500 Written Communication
Description

Develops writing skills which include prewriting, drafting, revising, and editing. A variety of writing assignments is designed to help the learner analyze audience and purpose, research and organize ideas, and format and design documents based on subject matter and content. Also develops critical reading and thinking skills through the analysis of a variety of written documents.

3.00
1080119600 Oral Interpersonal Communication
Description

Focuses upon developing speaking, verbal and nonverbal communications, and listening skills through individual presentations, groups activities, and other projects.

3.00
Semester: 2
Course # Course Title Credits
1050410000 Introduction to Corrections
Description

This class will provide a foundation to students that will enter the corrections profession. The course will cover Ethics and Ethical Decision Making, Professional Communication Skills, Report Preparation, and Correctional Law. The course is aligned with the State of Wisconsin DOJ Jail Academy requirements.

3.00
1050410900 Courts and Jurisdiction
Description

Deals with the adversary system of criminal justice, including the various steps which precede the actual trial. Principles of constitutional, federal, state, and civil laws are analyzed as they affect law enforcement.

3.00
1050492000 Corrections Security Procedures
Description

Learners will demonstrate the steps involved in receiving and releasing inmates, maintaining security, and practicing the basic principles of supervision and behavior control. Topics include: admission, release, and search procedures; use of jail locking and surveillance equipment; principles of supervision; and inmate health management procedures. All procedures are consistent with the DOJ Jail Certifiability Standards. Covers DOJ topics introduction to POSC, admit and release inmates, inmate supervision and behavior control, supervision of special inmates/crisis intervention, maintenance of jail security, supervision of juveniles, and personal stress management.

3.00
1080410700 College Mathematics
Description

Designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of mathematics pertinent to the areas of arithmetic and algebra, geometry and trigonometry, probability and statistics. Special emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking and logical reasoning, making connections, and using calculators. Topics include performing arithmetic operations and simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations and inequalities in one variable, solving proportions and incorporating percent applications, manipulating formulas, solving and graphing systems of linear equations and inequalities in two variables, finding areas and volumes of geometric figures, applying similar and congruent triangles, converting measurement within and between U.S. and metric systems, applying the Pythagorean Theorem, solving right and oblique triangles, calculating probabilities, organizing data and interpreting charts, calculating central and spread measures, and summarizing and analyzing data. Recommended: pre-algebra or appropriate placement scores. Accuplacer Algebra score >= 35 or ACT Math score >= 18

3.00
Semester: 3
Course # Course Title Credits
1050470000 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Description

In this course, students will focus on the following Phase I key topics as addressed in the WI Department of Justice Academy 720 curriculum framework. Topics include: Academy Orientation, Fundamentals of Criminal Justice, Ethics, Cultural Competency, Agency Policy, and Professional Communication. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-701-00 Basic Patrol Response,10-504-902-00 Criminal Law.

3.00
1050470100 Basic Patrol Response
Description

Through classroom lecture, on-campus lab and WI Department of Justice integration activities students will learn and apply skills addressed in the following Department of Justice 720 Academy Phase I topics: Critical Thinking and Decision-Making, Basic Response (RESPOND), Radio Procedures, TraCS, Traffic Law Enforcement, and First Aid/CPR/AED. Corequisite(s): 10-504-700-00 Introduction to Criminal Justice,10-504-703-00 Basic Investigations.

3.00
1050470300 Basic Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law, Crimes, Juvenile Law, Interviews, Report Writing, and Evidence. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-701-00 Basic Patrol Response.

3.00
1080919900 Psychology of Human Relations
Description

Focuses on improving personal and job-related relationships through understanding and applying sound psychological principles. Topics include self-concept, motivation, emotions, stress management, conflict resolution, and human relation processes.

3.00
Semester: 4
Course # Course Title Credits
1050470700 Intermediate Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Constitutional Law II, Crimes II, Domestics, and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Prerequisite(s): 1050470300 Basic Investigations (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-710-00 Advanced Investigations.

3.00
1050471000 Advanced Investigations
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Ethics II: Moral Reasoning and Professional Responsibility, Cultural Competence II: Fair and Impartial Policing, Victims, Sexual Assault, Child Maltreatment, Interrogations, Testifying in Court, and Crimese. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-707-00 Intermediate Investigations.

3.00
1080916600 Intro to Ethics Theory and Application
Description

Provides a basic understanding of the theoretical foundations of ethical thought. Diverse ethical perspectives will be used to analyze and compare relevant issues. Students will critically evaluate individual, social and/or professional standards of behavior, and apply a systematic decision-making process to these situations.

3.00
1080917200 Introduction to Diversity Studies
Description

Introduces learners to the study of diversity from a local to a global environment using a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Encourages self-exploration and prepares the learner to work in a diverse environment. In addition to an analysis of majority/minority relations in a multicultural context, the primary topics of race, ethnicity, age, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability, and religion are explored.

3.00
Semester: 5
Course # Course Title Credits
1050470200 Basic Tactics
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from Phase I topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Fundamentals of Firearms, DAAT, Vehicle Contacts, Officer Wellness, and Physical Fitness. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, independent physical fitness activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises Corequisite(s): 10-504-705-00 Advanced Tactics.

3.00
1050470500 Advanced Tactics
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Physical Fitness, Defense and Arrest Tactics (DAAT), and Firearms II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and independent physical exercise. Corequisite(s): 10-504-702-00 Basic Tactics,10-504-706-00 Emergency Vehicle Response.

4.00
1050470600 Emergency Vehicle Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Emergency Vehicle Operation and Control (EVOC) and Vehicle Contacts II. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Corequisite(s): 10-504-705-00 Advanced Tactics,10-504-708-00 Physical Fitness.

2.00
1050470800 Physical Fitness
Description

In this Phase III course, students will apply Physical Fitness skills and Officer Wellness required by the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Students will apply learning in hands-on lab activities and an on campus physical fitness test/assessment. Corequisite(s): 10-504-706-00 Emergency Vehicle Response.

1.00
Semester: 6
Course # Course Title Credits
1050415000 Criminal Justice Practical Applications
Description

This class will enable associate degree students to successfully navigate the practical application of the knowledge and skills learned in the program. The course will be focused on the competencies based on the current Wisconsin DOJ training standards. It will prepare the student to successfully complete the practical skills portions of the AAS and 720 hour recruit program. Prerequisite(s): 1050470800 Physical Fitness (C or better).

1.00
1050470400 Intermediate Patrol Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase II topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Professional Communication Skills, Incident Command System and NIMS, Hazardous Materials and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), Tactical Response, Crisis Management, and TECC. Student learning will occur through lecture, on-campus lab activities, and the Department of Justice 720 Academy Integration Exercises. Prerequisite(s): 1050470100 Basic Patrol Response (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-709-00 Traffic Response.

3.00
1050470900 Traffic Response
Description

In this course, students will learn and apply the skills from the Phase III topics outlined in the WI Department of Justice 720 Academy. Topics include: Traffic Law Enforcement - Core and Radar, Traffic Crash Investigations and Incident Management, Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), and Report Writing. Student learning will occur through lecture and on-campus lab activities. Prerequisite(s): 1050470200 Basic Tactics (C or better). Corequisite(s): 10-504-704-00 Intermediate Patrol Response.

3.00

At A Glance

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Approximate Cost

$8,857*

Financial Aid Eligible

*Based on 10-level courses - materials, books, and fees may be additional

What You'll Learn

  • Think critically
  • Manage emergencies
  • Communicate effectively
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Conduct investigations
  • Interact with others
  • Demonstrate tactical skills

Your Potential 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

Median Annual Salary

$51,605 $42,370 $39,603
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