Criminal Justice Studies

Criminal Justice Studies

Associates of Applied Science

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.

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Program Outline

At A Glance

How You'll Learn


On Campus

Term Start Dates

Spring 2022: January 5 Summer 2022: May 2 Fall 2022: September 6

Start dates represent the beginning of a new term. Certain programs or courses may not be available to start every term. Please view the course schedules for a list of upcoming classes or contact the Welcome Center at 715-365-4493.

Approximate Cost


Financial Aid Eligible

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


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This program has a zero cost for textbooks. If you continue your education beyond this program to complete a full associate's degree, there may be additional costs for books.

What You'll Learn

  • Examine the components of and interrelationships in the criminal justice system
  • Analyze situational responses
  • Establish situational safety
  • Apply communication skills as a criminal justice professional
  • Conduct investigations
  • Adhere to the professional code of ethics for a criminal justice practitioner
  • Maintain personal wellness

Your Potential Careers

  • Police
  • Police Telecommunicator/Dispat
  • Municipal, County, State, or Federal Law Enforcement
  • Government Security Agent
  • Conservation Warden/DNR or Par
  • Military Law Enforcement Offic
  • Private Security
  • Loss Control/Prevention Manage
  • Code Enforcement Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Corrections

Median Annual Salary

$53,110 $43,811 $41,858
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