Program Description

The Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Associate Degree program is designed for actively employed public safety professionals, including, but not limited to, Police Officers, Corrections Officers and Dispatchers, who wish to earn a degree to further their career. Critical areas in modern policing will be analyzed, including: community policing; de-escalation; crisis intervention; the role of first-line supervisors; early intervention systems; internal affairs; community affairs; technology; and proactive crime prevention. Examine lessons learned by law enforcement practitioners from agencies of all sizes with a strategic overview and practical, task-oriented steps for law enforcement executives to follow when addressing issues within their own communities and agencies. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure you are an active member in the public safety field.

Starting Salary

$44,764–$52,715
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

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Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

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at Wausau
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at Antigo
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at Medford
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at Phillips
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at Spencer
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at Wittenberg
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at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Distinguish behaviors leading to criminal activity
  • Employ proactive techniques to reduce crime
  • Analyze crisis intervention techniques
  • Communicate professionally

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Patrol Officer
  • Detective Sergeant
  • Police Captain
  • Police Lieutenant
  • Police Officer

Courses

The Law Enforcement in the 21st Century Associate Degree is a 60 Credit* program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT BUDGETING 3.00
PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATION 3.00
MANAGEMENT UNION RELATIONS 2.00
COLLEGE MATHEMATICS 3.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Second Term

LEADING CHANGE AND DIVERSITY 3.00
MEDIA RELATIONS 3.00
PUBLIC SAFETY INCIDENT MANAGEMENT 3.00
INTRODUCTION TO DIVERSITY STUDIES 3.00
PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS 3.00

Third Term

CRIMINOLOGY 3.00
LAW ENFORCEMENT TECHNOLOGY 3.00
CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINING 4.00
ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION 3.00
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR AND DEVELOPMENT 3.00
LEADING DIVERSITY 3.00
USE-OF-FORCE 3.00
CRIME PREVENTION 3.00
SENSITIVE CRIME 3.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

School Name Degree Name
Colorado State University - Global Business Management
Colorado State University - Global Human Services
Colorado State University - Global Information Technology
Colorado State University - Global Project Management
Lakeland University Accounting
Lakeland University Business Administration
Lakeland University Communication
Lakeland University Computer Science
Lakeland University Criminal Justice
Lakeland University Food Safety and Quality
Lakeland University Hospitality Management
Lakeland University Management Information System
Lakeland University Marketing
Lakeland University Organizational Management
Lakeland University Psychology
Milwaukee School of Engineering Bachelor of Business Administration in Technical Sales
Northern Michigan University BS in Applied Workplace Leadership
Purdue University Global BS in Business Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Health Care Administration
Purdue University Global BS in Professional Studies
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Business Systems Analysis
Rasmussen College Accelerated Criminal Justice - Leadership and Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Early Childhood Education Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Finance
Rasmussen College Accelerated Healthcare Management
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Resources and Organizational Leadership
Rasmussen College Accelerated Human Services
Rasmussen College Accelerated Marketing-Digital Marketing
Rasmussen College Accelerated Supply Chain and Logistics Management
UW Green Bay B.A.S Organizational Leadership
UW Oshkosh BAS in Organizational Studies
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership
UW Stout BS in Career, Technical Education and Training
UW Stout BS in Management
UW Whitewater Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

  • This program will be offered beginning in the Fall 2021 semester.
  • This program is intended for those currently employed and working in the law enforcement field.

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We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.