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About the Program

Our Criminal Justice bachelors degree program is not intended simply to prepare you for an entry-level job in the criminal justice field; we will prepare you for graduate programs in criminal justice and/or related disciplines, law school, as well as entry level jobs in criminal justice and beyond (such as administrative positions in the criminal justice field).

The course of study you will undertake includes the basic components and relationships in criminal justice; perspectives to help explain the discrepancies, variant purposes and occasional conflicts that arise in the field; and practical research skills to help you devise solutions to problems you encounter at each state of your professional career.

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Our Online Faculty

Dr. Audrey Coaston-Shelton

Dr. Audrey Coaston-Shelton earned a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati in 2009. She has conducted research on job satisfaction for SROs and race and police training. She has presented research at various professional conferences on topics such as the heroin crises, domestic violence, teen dating violence, and bullying. Dr. Coaston-Shelton is currently teaching the following online courses for the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh: Quantitative Research Methodology, Criminological Theory, Corrections, and Children & Violence.

Gene Bartman, JD

Mr. Batman has been an adjunct instructor with the Criminal Justice Department since the early 1980’s.   During his 32 year legal career he was a prosecutor with the Winnebago County District Attorney’s office and practiced criminal defense law as a private and public defender attorney.  A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison law school he also has a Master of Arts degree from the University of Chicago.  He has taught a number of criminal law related courses on campus and online including Introductory Criminal Law (CJ 270), Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice (CJ 218), Criminal Court: Proof of Guilt (CJ 319) and Law of Corrections (CJ 348).

Mr. Kelly Kent

Mr. Kent is an adjunct lecturer and holds a MPA degree from the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh (2007). He earned his BA degree with a major in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire (1989).  Mr. Kent has been employed as a Police Office for the City of Oshkosh Police Department since 1990. His career in policing has involved assignments as a Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He has held the rank of Captain since 2008 and is a 2009 graduate of the FBI National Academy.  Mr. Kent is currently a senior member of the command staff, in charge of the Administrative Bureau.  He teaches the online course in Police Administration.