Wednesday – December 17, 2014

 

Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Technology and Applied Sciences
Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon and Oak Creek campuses
Program Code: 10-504-1


For Information:
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2300
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500


Overview — This associate degree program designed to prepare you for employment in law enforcement at the state, local and federal levels, as well as in the field of private security. The program includes an opportunity for participation in an optional pair of courses as internships within law enforcement agencies. A certificate is available within the program with courses that meet state of Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board objectives.

Successful completion of this program qualifies you to enroll in basic recruit training leading to certification as a law enforcement officer. Some law enforcement agencies list an associate degree as a pre-employment requirement. You may also acquire knowledge that may be acceptable in lieu of other agency requirements. 

 

Career Outlook — Police officers and private security personnel are needed to maintain public order and safety. Currently the need for security and order has increased, and trained professionals are in demand. Your employment prospects will be enhanced if you are in sound mental and physical condition, and you are able to pass a rigid physical examination. Typical positions available to program graduates include police officer, deputy sheriff, loss prevention/private security agents, police communications and record maintenance specialists, and investigator.

 

Program Learning Outcomes — Employers will expect graduates to:

  • Determine the nature of a problem and decide on a legal and logical course of action
  • Recall details on specific people or incidents and properly document the details for future use in civil or criminal proceedings
  • Deal with persons of all cultures on a professional basis
  • Exhibit emotional stability and react calmly in emergency situations
  • Develop skills for the efficient and safe use of equipment, firearms and vehicles
  • Possess a broad understanding of government, the criminal justice process, and supporting agencies

 

Preparation for Admission — The following are required for admission to the program:

  • Age 17 and older
  • Students entering the program must have an official high school or GED/HSED transcript, and an ACT or MATC assessment score above the program minimum
  • Background check
  • Demonstration of proficiency in basic skills through a course placement assessment

Desirable physical attributes include average vision, normal hearing and good depth perception. It is important also to be a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and have no police record.

 

Future Opportunities — If you are interested in a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program, check with a program counselor or advisor, and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

 

Possible Careers:
Deputy Sheriff
Investigator
Jailer
Police Officer
Private Security Professional
Probation and Parole Agents 


Related Programs:
Emergency Medical Technician
Fire Protection Technician

 

Start Dates: August/January

This program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

 

Curriculum effective 2014-15.

TECHNICAL STUDIES 

Credits

 

( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students

 

 

(1)

 

POLICE-900

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

 

(1)

POLICE-901

Constitutional Law

3

(1)

 

POLICE-908

Traffic Theory

3

 

(1)

 

POLICE-161

Ethics in Law Enforcement

3

 

(2)

 

POLICE-902

Criminal Law ‡

3

 

(2)

 

POLICE-904

Juvenile Law ‡

3

 

(2)

 

POLICE-906

Criminal Investigation Theory ‡

3

 

(2)

 

POLICE-907

Community Policing Strategies

3

 

(3)

 

POLICE-115

Criminal Evidence ‡

3

 

(3)

 

POLICE-160

Contemporary Legal Issues

3

 

(3)

 

POLICE-162

Sensitive Crimes

3

 

(4)

 

POLICE-163

Interview and Interrogation

3

 

(4)

POLICE-903

Professional Communications ‡

3

(4)

POLICE-905

Report Writing ‡

3

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

 

ECON-195

Economics

3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series ECON course

 

 

 


ENG-151


Communication Skills 1 ‡


3

 

 

and ENG-152

Communication Skills 2 ‡

3

 

 

 

 

(or) ENG-201 and any 200-series ENG or SPEECH course

 

 

 


MATH-107


College Mathematics


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series MATH course

 

 

 


PSYCH-199


Psychology of Human Relations


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series PSYCH course

 

 

 


SOCSCI-172


Introduction to Diversity Studies


3

 

 

 

 

(or) SOCSCI-217 Valuing Diversity

 

 

 


SOCSCI-197


Contemporary American Society


3

 

 

 

 

(or) Any 200-series SOCSCI or HIST course

 

 

           
    ELECTIVES Suggested Electives: Six Credits Needed      6  

 

 


FLANG-101


Survival Spanish for Law Enforcement Officers


 

 

 

 

PHYED-210

An Active Approach to Wellness and Fitness


 

 

 

 

POLICE-144

Law Enforcement Internship 1 ‡

  

 

 

POLICE-145

Law Enforcement Internship 2 ‡

 


TOTAL CREDITS: 69

 

‡ Prerequisite required.
Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

NOTE: Students who have not been accepted, or have not decided on a program, may begin with GENERAL STUDIES courses, if course prerequisites have been met.

For course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

 

Page updated April 2014.