Criminal Justice Professional Studies Associate Degree

Program Code: 105045

Jump start your career in criminal justice! This program will instill various aspects of criminal justice careers including law, security, loss prevention, and investigations. In addition, you will gain experience with emergency dispatch, communications, report writing and forensics. Graduates will have the foundation for professions in criminal justice as well as opportunities for transfer to higher credentials.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Emergency Dispatch, 615043
• Jail Officer Academy, 615042
Professional Private Investigator, 9050413
Some credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Jail & Juvenile Officer Academy, 9050412


Employment Potential

Security Officer

Emergency Dispatcher

Loss Prevention Specialist

Private Detective/Investigator

Transportation Security Screener

Security Management Specialist

Insurance Investigator

Asset Protection Specialist

Jail Officer

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find other opportunities for employment.

• Juvenile Detention Officer
• DNR Park Ranger/Warden
• Probation/Parole Officer
• Law Enforcement Officer


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• Students pursuing the Jail Academy classes need to submit to a criminal background check, have a high school transcript on file showing graduation, and present proof of citizenship before classes begin.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Students following the study plan below will complete the Criminal Justice - Professional Studies associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: High school GPA greater/equal to 2.6; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 18; OR Next Gen Reading score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 260; OR "preparatory course(s)", contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-504-132 COURTS/JURISDICTIONS ...development of the American judicial system, the federal and Wisconsin court structure, Wisconsin judicial rules and procedures from complaint to sentencing as they impact police or correctional officers.
10-504-114 WELLNESS FOR PS PROFESSIONALS ...the course will provide an introduction to nutrition and eating correctly for maximum value. Also, an introduction to fitness for a public safety professional.
10-504-128 PS-EMPLOYMENT STRATEGIES ... the course examines the extensive hiring processes used by public safety agencies and sets the foundation for academic and occupational success.
10-504-167 PUBLIC SAFETY REPORT WRITING ...methods of criminal justice reporting, principles of effective report writing, organizing reports, writing operational reports based on case studies.
10-504-184 BASIC JAIL ACADEMY ...This course will provide the first phase of the required 200-hour Jail Academy as designated by the Department of Justice. (Corequisite: 10-504-185, Advanced Jail Academy)
10-504-169 CRIMINAL LAWS ...criminal law characteristics; terminology, history, principles, and philosophy of criminal law; use of the Wisconsin Statute Book; and examination of selected criminal offenses and identifying elements
10-504-185 ADVANCED JAIL ACADEMY...this course will provide the last phase of the required 200-hour Jail Academy as designated by the Department of Justice. (Corequisite: 10-504-184 Basic Jail Academy)
10-804-113 COLLEGE TECHNICAL MATH 1A ...topics include solving linear equations; graphing; percent; proportions; measurement systems; computational geometry; and right triangle trigonometry. Emphasis will be on the application of skills to technical problems. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arithmetic score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 573; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-504-162 FUNDAMENTALS OF EMERGENCY DISPATCH ...This course provides the opportunity for the learner to develop the knowledge skills process and understanding every successful public safety telecommunicator needs to meet the demands of this critical profession.
10-504-168 CRIMINAL JUSTICE-PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATIONS...process of criminal justice interviewing using basic skills model; use of nonverbal and verbal communication; security admissible confessions that preserve individual's constitutional rights; ethics in criminal justice interviewing
10-504-153 ETHICS - CRIMINAL JUSTICE study of ethical philosophies and their application to the Law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics and professional performance in the field. Topics include morality, leadership, ethical decision-making, self-actualization, ethics-based performance and the breakdown of ethical conduct.
10-504-181 CONSTITUTIONAL LAWS ...arrest and search and seizure of persons, places, and things with or without warrant; cause and procedure to obtain and execute warrants; exclusionary rule and effects of illegal actions.
10-504-164 RISK & VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS...The course will provide the students with the ability to identify vulnerabilities in organizations and assess the probability of risk. The assessments (surveys) used are based on established security principles that target known hazards. Students will be responsible to conduct surveys of public and private organizations in the field. In addition, students are to create professional reports outlining recommendations to improve security at the property.
10-504-165 SAFETY & SECURITY MANAGEMENT...This course will review basic strategies in the security industry to protect assets, identify violators and deter crime. An examination will be made of the role that private security serves in organizations; loss prevention and the technology utilized in protecting retail environments; the use of Closed-Circuit TV (CCTV) and alarms in both public and private facilities; the physical security field including the application of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design), and critical infrastructure protection.
10-504-166 INVESTIGATION PRACTICES...The course will provide the student with the skills necessary to conduct general investigations related to both criminal and civil liability. Best practices and strategies will be presented. The student will learn of the benefits of open source information; the application of criminal and civil law in proving elements of a crime or determining fault, the legal parameters to conducting investigations, and the required standards to submitting investigative results in court. An examination will be made of the various career paths available in this field. This includes corporate security, insurance and worker compensation, private investigations and public safety.
10-504-192 PRIVATE INVESTIGATION TACTICS ...private investigators are used by law firms, corporations, insurance companies and other public and private entities. This course covers the basics of locating individuals using open sources of information, ethical considerations for investigators, constitutional law application and current investigative practices as preparation for success as a private investigator, corporate and private security or insurance claim investigator. Includes lessons on developing a business and marketing plan and preparing for the Wisconsin Private Detective license exam.
10-504-197 PS-JOB INTERVIEWS ...provides the opportunity for the learner to prepare for the public safety hiring process with an emphasis on oral board interviews. (Prerequisite: 10-504-128, PS - Employment Strategies OR 10-504-191, LEAD Employment Strategies)
10-504-143 FORENSIC APPLICATION ...processing of crime scenes and use of forensic science in criminal investigations; emphasis on collection, preservation, and court presentation of fingerprint, firearm, impression, trace, body fluid, and document evidence. (Prerequisite: 10-504-166, Investigation Practices)
10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-809-159 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY ...surveys features, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior through major theoretical perspectives. Introduces the diagnosis system of the DSM-IV, the history, cultural/social differences, current perspectives, diagnosis criteria/treatments. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Rdg score greater/equal to 250 AND Writing score greater/equal to 237; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing with a B or better)
10-504-183 JUVENILE LAWS it relates to the field officer and the application of the law as it relates to juveniles in these situations.
10-504-186 CRIMINAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP...application of Criminal Justice curriculum in the community as monitored by an agency-approved representative and college instructor.
10-504-196 EVENT SECURITY INTERNSHIP ...students will participate in all home games for Green Bay Packer Security in collaboration with the Green Bay Police Department. This internship will include a 20-hour obligation covering various sectors while under the guided supervision of the Green Bay Police Department. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Criminal Justice Law Enforcement or Professional Studies program)
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements, but must be passed with a "C" or better.
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in Basic Jail Academy and Advanced Jail Academy courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" in these classes may apply for re-entry into those courses/pathway certificate.

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
• Maintain personal wellness
• Adhere to the professional code of ethics for a criminal justice practitioner


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Industry Credentials

• Upon completion of the Fundamentals of Emergency Dispatch course, the student is eligible to take the national emergency dispatching exam and be certified by the National Academies of Emergency Dispatch.
• Students who complete the Basic and Advanced Jail Academy courses will be certifiable as a jail officer in the state of Wisconsin.

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seek opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit