Criminal Justice-Studies

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
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Why choose Criminal Justice-Studies?

  • Get the theoretical and practical information needed to be effective in criminal justice and meet the challenges of our changing society.
  • Use your skills and awareness to maintain peace, protect property, and be ready at a moment’s notice to restore order.
  • Looking for a career with a variety? On any given day, a police officer may be called upon to respond to a medical emergency, enforce traffic violations, investigate felony crime, or help a lost child find their parent.
  • Many also conduct victim interviews, provide referral services, and question suspects.
  • Interested in earning a bachelor’s degree? For transfer opportunities, visit mstc.edu/transfer.
We are able to move freely through society—and enjoy some expectation of safety—thanks to the law enforcement officers in our midst. Police officers strive to maintain peace in our homes, parks, streets, businesses, and schools. They are ready at a moment’s notice to restore order and protect life and property. Adequate preparation is important for success in this career.

Program Locations

Wisconsin Rapids Campus
500 32nd Street North
Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin 54494

What You'll Learn

The Criminal Justice-Studies program prepares students to meet the challenges that come with a variety of positions in the criminal justice field. Graduates interested in pursuing a career as a law enforcement officer are prepared for entry into the 720-hour certification training required for law enforcement certifiable status by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Graduates who do not seek sworn law enforcement positions may use their skills in civilian law enforcement positions, such as record and documentation maintenance, dispatch or communications center operations, or secure correctional facility operations.

This program is designed to help secure employment, keep students abreast of rapidly changing advancements, and encourage further education. Experienced instructors emphasize professionalism, integrity, and quality work performance, with a significant focus on high ethical and moral standards.

Estimated Entire Program Cost

Cost based on the 2018/20198 academic calendar year.

  • Tuition & Fees: $8,830.92
  • Books: $2,060.77
  • Supplies, Uniforms, and/or Exams: $0.00
  • Total Estimated Cost: $10,891.69

Financial Aid Eligibility

This program is eligible for full Financial Aid.

Term: 1
Catalog# Title Credits
10504114 Introduction to Law Enforcement 3.00
10504112 Court Procedures 3.00
10801136 English Composition 1 3.00
10504176 Corrections/Correctional Institutions 3.00
  • 3.00
  • 4.00
10804107 College Mathematics 3.00
-or- 10804189 Introductory Statistics 3.00
-or- 10804118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications 4.00
(15-16 Credits)
Term: 2
Catalog# Title Credits
10504143 Criminology 3.00
10504129 Community Policing 3.00
10504163 Constitutional Law for LE 3.00
  • 3.00
10801196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication 3.00
-or- 10801198 Speech 3.00
10504140 Report Writing for Protective Services 3.00
10504166 Criminal Justice Ethics 3.00
(18 Credits)
Term: 3
Catalog# Title Credits
10504125 Patrol Procedures 3.00
10504164 Criminal Law for LE 3.00
10999102 Elective 2.00
  • 3.00
10809188 Developmental Psychology 3.00
-or- 10809198 Intro to Psychology 3.00
10504115 Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement 3.00
(14 Credits)
Term: 4
Catalog# Title Credits
10504150 Juvenile Justice System 3.00
10809122 Intro to American Government 3.00
10504144 Wellness in Protective Services 3.00
10504123 Criminal Investigation 3.00
  • 3.00
10809172 Introduction to Diversity Studies 3.00
-or- 10809196 Intro to Sociology 3.00
(15 Credits)
(62-63 Credits)

Instructors

PAUL BUSHMAKER, BS

Paul earned his bachelor of science degree in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He is a graduate of Command College #3 in conjunction with UW–Madison and is a Certified Public Manager. He has over 23 years of law enforcement experience, with 16 years as a patrol sergeant. He holds a number of specialty certifications, is a DOJ-certified instructor, and has been training and teaching law enforcement officers for over 18 years.

“I am honored to be a part of the Mid-State criminal justice studies team. The chance to help educate, mentor, and train the future law enforcement officers of this state is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”


SCOTT LANG, AS, BS, MS

Scott has a master’s degree in criminology from Indiana State University. He has 32 years’ experience as a police officer in the central Wisconsin area, including his work as a patrol officer, school liaison officer, and patrol sergeant. His certifications have included dispatch, hostage negotiations, field training officer, and tactical response team.

“As an officer I saw the impact that positive contact with law enforcement can have on citizens. Working directly with students at Mid-State allows me to teach new officers the importance of integrity and professionalism.”

Careers

  • Civilian Law Enforcement Employee
  • Conservation Enforcement
  • Correctional Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Private Security
  • Police Officer
  • Public Defender Investigator
  • State Trooper
  • Telecommunicator

"The combination of classroom teaching by field-experienced instructors and hands-on applications provided a well-rounded learning environment. I was prepared to do the job right out of the program.”

SHERIFF SAM WOLLIN
MID-STATE ‘02
ADAMS COUNTY, WI

Choose Your Path

Career pathways help you take your education one step at a time to maximize your investment and make college fit your life. Earn a credential and start using it in the workforce. Continue with another stack of related courses to gain a more advanced diploma or degree.

TransferDual CreditCredit for Prior Learning

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