Criminal Justice Degree Program

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Law Enforcement

Persons interested in careers in criminal justice will receive theoretical and practical information in the program. Criminal justice is becoming increasingly complex and important. Today s criminal justice employees must be trained to meet the challenges of our changing society. The Criminal Justice Program courses, as well as support and general education courses, will prepare the student for a position as a law enforcement officer (state, county, municipal), correctional officer, juvenile detention officer, police dispatcher, or many other occupational areas in the criminal justice system.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

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

Students on Firing RangeCriminal justice professionals are charged with the responsibility of protecting life and property, preserving the peace, and monitoring those convicted of crimes. Police officers carry out this charge through patrol, detection, arrest and their critical role in prosecution of criminal offenders. Officers also aid in public safety through traffic law enforcement, accident prevention and investigation, juvenile guidance and many other specialized enforcement tasks. Correctional professionals carry out this charge by effective in-custody monitoring and community supervision. The program provides an opportunity for students to choose a law enforcement or corrections emphasis during the second year of the program.

A job in the field of criminal justice requires a comprehensive background check on the individual applying for such a job. State and Federal laws prevent any person from becoming a police officer who has an unpardoned felony conviction. In Wisconsin, a domestic violence related conviction can prohibit a person from becoming a police officer. People interested in a career in criminal justice should be of good character as determined by interview and a comprehensive background check.

***NOTE: All Criminal Justice Program courses should be taken in sequential order by semester.***

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