Police Science Program Features
The Police Science associate of applied science (AAS) degree program prepares students for a successful career in law enforcement with a special focus on urban policing, diversity and criminal justice in the 21st Century. The Criminal Justice field affords a multitude of career possibilities with graduates having the capability to serve as law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, correctional officers, and other specialties at all levels of government.
CURRENT AND FORMER LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS wanting to complete a for-credit program in police science can get a head start with credit for prior learning or experience at Wichita Area Technical College (WATC).
WATC only charges a $75 one-time fee for up to 15 hours of credit for prior learning (work experience, police academy training, etc.). Other schools with similar programs are charging up to full tuition for credited prior learning hours.
Police academy courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice, Criminal Law, Law Enforcement Operations and Procedures and Criminal Procedures receive credit toward a police science degree.
With a degree in police science from WATC, you’ll expand your knowledge and experience with courses in Criminal Justice Interview and Report Writing, Juvenile Delinquency and Justice, Criminal Investigation, Corrections and more.
The Police Science program is grounded in theory, application, and community engagement to help students prepare for careers in criminal justice. The curriculum teaches students to critically analyze crime and justice issues, to combine theory with functional experience, and to apply industry best practices. Our faculty is committed to preparing students to exhibit high standards of integrity, equality, ethics, and professionalism required for practitioners of police science.
WATC will be the leading provider for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Police Science, specializing in the application of the skills required within the career, utilizing state of-the-art facilities with highly qualified faculty, and offering a competitive advantage in the hiring process for our graduates.
All degree seeking Police Science students are required to purchase a uniform from the WATC bookstore. This purchase is required at the beginning of the students program of study and may not be purchased via outside vendors.
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