Wednesday – November 22, 2017

Criminal Justice Studies (2017-2018)

Associate in Applied Science Degree
School of Technology and Applied Sciences / Law, Public Safety & Security Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee, Mequon and Oak Creek campuses
Program Code: 10-504-5


For Information: 414-297-6315
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC
Mequon Campus, 262-238-2300
Oak Creek Campus, 414-571-4500

 

Overview — This associate degree program prepares you for employment in law enforcement at the state, local and federal levels, as well as in the field of private security.

It includes the 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 Pathway — New certificate and technical diploma programs are under development for this Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.
 

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. Desirable physical attributes include average vision, normal hearing and good depth perception.

You must be able to perform all physical aspects of the job, which can be strenuous. You must be a U.S. citizen, have a valid driver’s license, and have a cleared criminal background and be able to pass a thorough background investigation.

Typical positions available to program graduates include police officer, deputy sheriff, loss prevention/private security agent, police communications and record maintenance specialist, 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

 

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


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Start Dates: August/January
Sixteen-week terms.

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

Curriculum effective 2017-18. 

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements. 

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    
    POLICE-164 Law Enforcement Employability    
    POLICE-144 Law Enforcement Internship 1 ‡    
    POLICE-145 Law Enforcement Internship 2 ‡    


TOTAL CREDITS: 69

 

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

 

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

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.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

 

Page updated March 2017.