Criminal Justice Studies

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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus, Mequon Campus, Oak Creek Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-504-5
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Criminal Justice Studies Degree


This program is 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. Successful completion of this program may qualify you to enroll in basic recruit training that leads to certification in Wisconsin.

Currently trained security professionals are in demand.

Additional program details: Many of the courses contain training directly from the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board curriculum related to the certification of law enforcement officers.

This program 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 also may acquire knowledge that may be acceptable in lieu of other agency requirements.

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Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
 ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
POLICE-161 Ethics in Law Enforcement 3
POLICE-900 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
POLICE-901 Constitutional Law 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
ENG-196 Oral/Personal Communication
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
POLICE-902 Criminal Law ‡ 3
POLICE-907 Community Policing Strategies 3
POLICE-908 Traffic Theory 3
ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
POLICE-160 Contemporary Legal Issues 3
POLICE-162 Sensitive Crimes 3
POLICE-906 Criminal Investigation Theory ‡ 3
SOCSCI-197 Contemporary American Society
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course
ELECTIVES (Three credits needed) 3
POLICE-903 Professional Communications ‡ 3
POLICE-904 Juvenile Law ‡ 3
POLICE-905 Report Writing ‡ 3
SOCSCI-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI course



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

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

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Program Outcomes

  • Examine the components of and interrelationships in the criminal justice system
  • Analyze situational responses
  • 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

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.

Police Officer
Deputy Sheriff
Loss Prevention/Private Security Agent
Police Communications and Record Maintenance Specialist

This program is being developed as a Career Pathway. Contact an MATC advisor for information.

Admission Requirements

  • Age 17 and older
  • Students entering the program must have an official high school or GED/HSED transcript


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This program is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Justice Training & Standards Bureau, 17 West Main Street, P.O. Box 7857, Madison, WI 53707-7857


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Last updated: 08/25/2021