Criminal Justice Studies student.

Criminal Justice Studies

70-credit Associate of Applied Science Degree

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Those who choose careers in law enforcement are driven by the guiding principle, “to protect and serve.” They are highly trained to ensure the safety of people and property and make a commitment to enforcing the law. In the Criminal Justice Studies program, gain comprehensive knowledge and understanding of law enforcement, police operations, homeland security, counter terrorism initiatives and related topics. Instructors who are experienced criminal justice veterans, representing a wide variety of specialties, provide a solid foundation needed to face the challenges and rewards of the field.

  • Prepare for jobs such as police officer, detective, deputy sheriff, state trooper, DNR ranger, probation agent, private and corporate security or Transportation Security Agency (TSA) officer, among others.
  • Program-to-program transfer opportunities are available at Carroll University, Concordia University, Marian University, Marquette University, Mount Mary College and the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. For a complete list of transfer credits, see the “credit transfer” section.
  • Participation in Kappa Theta Rho (Law Enforcement Organization) helps students increase awareness of police duties and responsibilities; obtain additional education and training in law enforcement and procedures; and promote a cooperative learning environment with law enforcement agencies.
  • Wages of recent graduates per Graduate Follow-up Report
    • Three-year Avg. Salary for Full-time Related Employment: $37,199

Program Code 10-504-5

Required Courses

First Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 504-104 Introduction to Security3  
 504-122 Patrol & Traffic Procedures3  
 504-900 Intro to Criminal Justice3  
 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm3+*
 809-199 Psychology of Human Relations3 *
Total Semester Credits
Second Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 504-102 Police Organization and Admin3  
 504-160 Intro to Homeland Security3  
 504-902 Criminal Law3  
 504-904 Juvenile Law3  
 801-136 English Composition 13+ 
 804-107 College Mathematics3+*
Total Semester Credits
Third Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 504-108 Introduction to Terrorism3  
 504-124 Forensic Investigation I3  
 504-901 Constitutional Law3  
 504-905 Report Writing3  
 809-197 Contemporary Amer Society3 *
 Elective 3  
Total Semester Credits
Fourth Semester
 Course NumCourse NameCredits
 504-115 Criminal Evidence3  
 504-140 Criminology3  
 504-162 Employment Strategies1  
 504-903 Professional Communications3  
 504-906 Criminal Investigation Theory3  
 801-198 Speech3+ 
 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory & App3  
Total Semester Credits
+ (Proficiency Exam Available)
* (Prerequisites or substitutes may apply to this class.)

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View course descriptions of all required courses

Credit Transfer Opportunities

WCTC has agreements with local high schools and various four-year colleges and universities that enable students to transition more seamlessly from high school to WCTC to four-year colleges. Transcripted credit agreements provide high school students the opportunity to take WCTC courses at their high schools. Agreements with four-year colleges enable WCTC graduates in selected programs to transfer credits, often at junior-level standing. Agreements currently in place for this program are listed below.

High School Transfer Opportunities

WCTC Course

WCTC Credits Awarded

504-900 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm 3

Four Year College Transfer Opportunities

Program Specific Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Cardinal StritchBS Law Enforcementfull program
Carroll UniversityBS Criminal Justiceup to 64
Concordia UniversityBS Justice and Public Safetyup to 70
Marian UniversityBS Criminal Justiceup to 70, 10% tuition discount
Purdue University GlobalBS Criminal Justice70+ and 20% tuition discount
Rasmussen CollegeBS Criminal Justiceup to 70
UW-MilwaukeeBS Criminal Justiceup to 57
UW-OshkoshBS Human Services Leadershipup to 70
UW-OshkoshBachelor Degree Criminal Justice (online)up to 70
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studies emphasis Public Safetyup to 60
UW-OshkoshBS Leadership and Organizational Studiesup to 65
UW-ParksideBA Criminal Justiceup to 57
UW-PlattevilleBachelor of Science in Criminal Justiceup to 30
UW-WaukeshaBachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)60-Junior Standing
UW-WhitewaterBS CriminologyUp to 72
Viterbo UniversityBS Criminal Justiceup to 70

General Agreements

Program Name
Credits Awarded
Franklin UniversityBachelor of Science (various)Junior Standing
Lakeland UniversityAny Bachelors DegreeCredits vary, check with Lakeland
Mount Mary UniversityBachelor DegreeJunior Standing
Ottawa UniversityBachelor of Arts or Sciencesup to 80, and 50%+ tuition disccount for WCTC grads
Upper Iowa UniversityBachelor of Scienceup to 78
UW-Green BayBachelor of Applied Studies OnlineJunior Status
UW-StoutBachelor of Science in Managementup to 60
UW-StoutB.S. Career, Technical Education & Trainingup to 60
Wisconsin Lutheran CollegeBA/BS in Business Management & Leadership50-70

UW-System Credit Transfer

If you are interested in attending a UW-campus, you should contact a transfer representative at the campus you plan to attend. You may also check credit transfer agreements between WCTC and the UW System to tell you which specific courses and general education classes may be accepted.

Important Cautionary Note:
This information is intended as a general description. Please verify the availability and details of the program that interests you with the transfer coordinator at the receiving institution.

Meet your Instructor

Program instructor, Timothy R. Gossett

Timothy R. Gossett

Phone: 262.691.5260


  • BA, National University
  • MA, National University
  • FBI National Academy( 133rd session)

Law Enforcement Experience

  • 1972 – 1995 USMC Military Police, Major
  • 1996 – 2001 Oconomowoc Police Department , Patrol Officer - Sergeant
  • 2002 – present, consultant to several local departments for training and on-scene assistance at major incidents

Teaching Philosophy

"I want to impart knowledge, not only from text books but from experience. It is important to teach the concepts and tactics of a law enforcement officer as well as the need for compassion when dealing with people. When teaching criminal investigation, my focus is on the thorough, meticulous and methodical approach. In forensics, my focus is on successful processing of a crime scene along with applying science when analyzing the evidence results in solving crimes."

Program instructor, dan-noordyk

Dan Noordyk

Phone: 262.691.5389


  • AAS, Police Science, Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • BS, Police Administration, University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Law Enforcement Experience

  • Ripon Police Department 1972 -1974, Patrol Officer
  • New Berlin Police Department, 1974 – 2002, Patrol Officer – Chief of Police

Teaching Philosophy

"Upon leaving WCTC, students will have a basic understanding of how to be successful in law enforcement. I also advise them that the degree they earn at WCTC is respected within the state of Wisconsin as well as in many states throughout the country."

Program instructor, Mark G. Stigler

Mark G. Stigler

Phone: 262.691.5385


  • AAS – Police Science, Northern Virginia Community College
  • BS -- Criminal Justice, Mount Senario College
  • MA – Security Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security
  • Certificate – Criminal Justice Education, University of Virginia
  • FBI National Academy

Law Enforcement Experience

  • City of Waukesha Police Department, Patrol Officer – Deputy Chief, 29+ years

Military Experience

  • US Army
  • Military Occupational Specialty, Infantry Sergeant
  • 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) Arlington Cemetery

Areas of Expertise

  • Law Enforcement Operations
  • Criminal Law
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security and Defense
  • Terrorism Studies

Teaching Philosophy

"I have been honored to train with and teach professional law enforcement officers from all over the world. The lessons learned during my 30 years in public safety are shared with the next generation of public safety professionals at WCTC as we facilitate the building of new knowledge and a common understanding of future challenges."