Is This Program for You?
If you're a community service-oriented individual who values honesty, order, and detail, a career in law enforcement may be for you.
Students entering the Criminal Justice Studies program should:
- Enjoy working with diverse people.
- Communicate well orally and in written form.
- Be perceptive and analytical.
- Be detail-oriented and patient.
- Not mind working different shifts.
- Have excellent character backgrounds.
- Be in good physical condition.
- Remain objective in emergency situations.
- Have excellent driving records.
- Associate degree, requiring a minimum of two years to complete.
- Classes are offered daytime, face to face, and on campus.
- Fall start.
- Financial aid available.
- Credit for prior learning may be available.
At the completion of the program, students are expected to be able to:
- Recognize the personal demands required of police.
- Demonstrate proper police investigative procedures.
- Demonstrate effective communication with diverse populations.
- Understand legal principles and procedures to ensure justice.
- Apply Wisconsin statutes when analyzing criminal behavior.
- Demonstrate writing skills.
- Practice good personal fitness strategies.
- Practice effective team member attributes.
The profession of law enforcement, also known as police science, is becoming very people-oriented. Law enforcement officers spend a great deal of time communicating and interacting with an increasingly diverse population. Officers are more active in community relations and crime prevention, and they must always be able to react immediately to any level of emergency. Criminal Justice Studies prepares graduates for careers as:
- Police officers
- Deputy sheriffs
- Security guards
- Correctional officers
Each of these careers may require special additional requirements and/or training.
Southwest Tech's Career Connections Center offers Services to assist students looking for job placement.
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Credit for Prior Learning
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Credit for prior learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military training, extensive self-instruction, or professional development. Credit for Prior Learning affords you the opportunity to accelerate the completion of your educational goals.
For more information or to request Credit for Prior Learning see our Credit for Prior Learning page.
Criminal Justice Studies Courses that may have Credit for Prior Learning options: