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Learn how to help keep communities safe and ensure justice is served as a student in WLC’s interdisciplinary criminal justice program.

Whether you major in criminal justice or study it as a minor, you’ll get a deeper understanding of statutory and constitutional law, the structure and function of criminal justice systems, 法律和管辖权, 调查技术, 犯罪现场处理, 法律报告撰写, and the impact crime and 修正 have on individuals and society at large.


We offer three distinct academic tracks within our criminal justice program, allowing you the flexibility to select the track that best aligns with your career aspirations.


The police science track is designed for students interested in pursuing a career within law enforcement. You’ll explore criminal law and procedure, 调查技巧, 少年司法, the sociology of crime and deviant behavior, 执法行动, 受害者研究, 医学术语, 如何面试, 询问, 和谈判, and the technical skills necessary for legal writing. You’ll receive hands-on practice with law enforcement activities, 包括指纹, staged homicides and crime-scene processing, 以及调查程序. You’ll graduate prepared for a career in local or federal law enforcement.


Within the forensic science track you’ll explore many of the concepts and techniques used by criminologists, 法医心理学家, 和验尸官. You’ll be challenged to 应用 current reSearch with laboratory techniques designed around the work of toxicologists, 法医技术人员, 解剖专家, and crime scene investigators. You’ll graduate prepared to assist in the scientific investigation and processing of a crime scene.


探索一系列相关的, real-world topics related to criminal law, 修正, 受害者辩护. Our legal studies track prepares you for future work in 修正, 社会工作, 法律援助, 法院的行动, 保护服务. You’ll know the law to 应用 the law. This focus on the application of law in everyday practice – examining how agencies interpret, 应用, and enforce the law – is an integral component of legal studies. You’ll graduate with a deep understanding of the criminal justice system, ready to serve your community.


The criminal justice program at WLC is designed to give you the necessary education and skills-based training for success in nearly any criminal justice field; however, the program also pairs well with other exemplary majors at WLC, providing even more pathways to unique and in-demand careers. You can design your education to meet your passions and aspirations so you can be prepared to live your purpose.

例如, selecting the forensic science track of criminal justice and double-majoring with chemistry is an ideal pathway to a career in toxicology. A double-major in criminal justice and computer science can prepare you for a career in computer forensics or data analysis. Or, a double-major in criminal justice and psychology can lead to a rewarding career in victim advocacy or forensic psychology.


Learning should not be a spectator sport. Our criminal justice major is hands-on — meaning you are actively engaged in undergraduate reSearch and training alongside our expert faculty. You'll work directly with equipment used in the field, including total station and ground penetrating radar (used to find shallow graves) and conduct ballistics analysis in our labs. You'll engage in staged homicide investigations and practice other law enforcement activities, such as fingerprinting and analysis.

Our criminal justice majors are required to complete an internship in a relevant field, typically during their junior year at WLC. Our students have interned at the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office, at local law enforcement agencies, and at Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office.

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