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The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, UW-Manitowoc, UW-Sheboygan and UW-Washington County have entered into a new collaboration to offer a UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in criminal justice at the partnering universities.

UW Oshkosh’s criminal justice major is designed specifically to serve adult nontraditional students and will be delivered using a combination of face-to-face classes, distance learning technology and online learning.

UW-Manitowoc Dean and CEO Daniel Campagna, UW-Sheboygan Dean and CEO Al Hardersen, UW Oshkosh Interim Provost E. Alan Hartman, and UW Oshkosh College of Letters and Science Dean John Koker will sign the pact at 10:30 a.m. May 4. The pact will be signed at 1:30 p.m. with UW-Washington County Dean and CEO David L. Nixon.

This agreement allows students to earn their associate degree at either UW-Sheboygan or UW-Manitowoc while simultaneously fulfilling their general education course requirements necessary to earn their bachelor’s degree from UW Oshkosh. A prerequisite for this program is an Associate of Arts and Science degree.

The criminal justice degree prepares students for careers in government, law enforcement, social work, forensics, corrections or other government agencies. Students of the Criminal Justice program will focus on areas such as policy formulation and analysis, writing, critical thinking, data analysis and crime response theory.

“Many law enforcement agencies around the country require a bachelor’s degree for advancement to command positions within their departments. With the competitive nature of this field, we are pleased to be offering our program to the residents of Sheboygan, Manitowoc and Washington counties,” Koker said.

“It is especially important in our current economic times to encourage students to go on to obtain their four-year degree,” Hartman added. “We are committed to providing new local avenues of entry for Wisconsin’s college-bound. We want to make sure students have readily available access to all types of four-year degrees.”

An information session will be held from 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 14 at UW-Washington County and from 5 to 7 p.m. May 19 at UW-Sheboygan.

Individuals looking for more information about the program or wishing to apply to the degree program at UW-Manitowoc or UW-Sheboygan can contact Sarah Smith at (800) INFO-UWO or

Those seeking more information with regard to UW-Washington County, contact Kelly Hudson at (800) INFO-UWO or