If you want to contribute to your community by helping people and protecting them, a career in the criminal justice field may be very rewarding. This degree helps you develop the multidisciplinary base of knowledge, skills, and abilities you will need. Your coursework will address a wide range of legal and procedural subjects, plus written and verbal communication skills and knowledge of psychology and related contemporary social issues.
The program provides aspiring law enforcement officers with the training needed to become certified in Wisconsin. You will be required to demonstrate your competency in a number of crucial areas, based on criteria set forth by the Training and Standards Bureau of the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Courses are conducted at Western’s Public Safety Training Facility in Sparta and are taught by full-time educators, law enforcement officers, and supervisors recognized as leaders in law enforcement training.
You can pursue specialization in law enforcement, corrections, or security using the knowledge and skills you gain in this program. Possible pathways also include pursuing a bachelor’s degree at one of many area universities with whom Western has a transfer agreement.