Our graduates have impressive careers. Thousands have gone on to work in government agencies, the private sector, and nonprofit agencies. They work as FBI agents, investigators, crime analysts, probation counselors, chiefs of police departments, and more.

Located in the largest city in Wisconsin, the school provides an unmatched environment for students to study criminal justice. UWM criminal justice majors study three broad areas of this diverse profession: law enforcement, the courts and corrections. Students study the nature and causes of crime, the impact of crime on individuals and society, and the criminal justice system. The curriculum prepares students as generalists in criminal justice and is well suited for those who want to pursue graduate work in criminal justice, law, public administration, and the social sciences.

Students have the option to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice in five years with the Criminal Justice Accelerated Master’s. This program is ideal for students who may want to continue on to graduate study and helps students obtain both degrees in a more cost-effective and efficient manner.

Curriculum & Degree Requirements (2017-2019)

Criminal justice majors initially complete a two-year liberal arts foundation, including the university’s general education requirements and sociology 261. Next, they earn 39 credits in criminal justice (27 credits of mandatory courses and 12 credits of elective courses). A minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation. Some courses may be taken online or partially online.

Elective courses include those in juvenile justice, victimology, jails, and women and the criminal justice system. Students may use elective courses to specialize in crime analysis, participate in field education, study abroad, pursue a forensic science certificate, or pursue a minor relevant to their career goals.

Courses Required for Criminal Justice Major:

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM JST 271 Police Process 3
CRM JST 273 Correctional Process 3
SOCIOL 261 Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology 3
CRM JST 275 Criminal Court Process 3
CRM JST 305 Crime and Criminal Justice Policy 3
CRM JST 370, 380, 410 OR 671 Administrative Elective 3
CRM JST 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research 3
CRM JST 663 Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar 3
CRM JST Electives in Criminal Justice 12
TOTAL 39

Sample Course of Study Covering 8 Full-Time Semesters
This is only one model of selecting courses for a four-year sequence to degree requirements. This chart is not intended to be a guide for the selection of specific courses or to substitute for academic advising. For suggestions about specific courses and other schedule options, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisors.
  • First Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 105: Orientation 1 cr
    English 102 3 cr
    Math 103/105/111 or
    Phil 111
    (All satisfy QLA)
    3 cr
    Social Science 3 cr
    U.S. History 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 16 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 110: Intro to Criminal Justice 3 cr
    COM 103: Public Speaking 3 cr
    Sociology 261 3 cr
    U.S. History 3 cr
    GER Arts Course 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
  • Second Year
    Semester I
    Humanities 3 cr
    Natural Science 3 cr
    Social Science 3 cr
    First General Elective 3 cr
    Second General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 273: Correctional Process 3 cr
    CRM JST 305: Crime & CJ Policy 3 cr
    Humanities 3 cr
    Social Science 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
  • Third Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 271: Police Process 3 cr
    CRM JST 275: Courts Process 3 cr
    Natural Science 3 cr
    Social Science 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 662: Social Welfare Research Methods 3 cr
    First Criminal Justice Elective 3 cr
    Second Criminal Justice Elective 3 cr
    First General Elective 3 cr
    Second General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
  • Fourth Year
    Semester I
    Criminal Justice Elective 3 cr
    First Social Science 3 cr
    Second Social Science 3 cr
    First General Elective 3 cr
    Second General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 663: Capstone Seminar 3 cr
    CRM JST 311: Field Placement 3 cr
    Social Science 3 cr
    Humanities 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits

Students earn 3 credits for each semester of field placement. Field placement is elective; however, it is strongly encouraged. A student must commit a minimum of eight hours per week to the agency, for the entire semester. Some agencies require more than eight hours per week from a student. Students can apply for field placement in their junior year, after being formally admitted to the criminal justice major.

Field Placement

Curriculum & Degree Requirements (Beginning in Fall 2020)

Criminal justice majors beginning in Fall 2020 or later will complete 33 credits of general education requirements, 45 credits in the Criminal Justice major (30 credits of mandatory courses and 15 credits of elective courses), and 42 credits of general electives. Criminal Justice students study the nature and causes of crime, the impact of crime on individuals and society, and the working of the criminal justice system. A minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation. Some courses may be taken online or partially online.

Criminal justice elective courses address criminal profiling, criminal evidence and investigation, white-collar crime, juvenile justice, victimology, jails, women and the criminal justice system and more. Students may also use elective courses to specialize in crime analysis, participate in field education, study abroad, or pursue a forensic science certificate. General electives (42 credits) can be used to add an additional major, minor or certificate.

All students must meet UWM’s General Education Requirements. Students must complete English and math within their first 30 credits.

Courses Required for Criminal Justice Major (Beginning in Fall 2020):

COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
CRM JST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM JST 271 Introduction to Policing 3
CRM JST 273 Introduction to Corrections 3
SOCIOL 261 Introduction to Statistical Thinking in Sociology 3
CRM JST 275 Introduction to Criminal Courts 3
CRM JST 305 Criminological Theory and Policy 3
CRM JST 310 Race, Ethnicity, and Justice 3
CRM JST 370, 380, 410 OR 671 Administrative Elective 3
CRM JST 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research 3
CRM JST 663 Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar 3
CRM JST Electives in Criminal Justice 15
TOTAL 45

Sample Course of Study Covering 8 Full-Time Semesters
This is only one model of selecting courses for a four-year sequence to degree requirements. This chart is not intended to be a guide for the selection of specific courses or to substitute for academic advising. For suggestions about specific courses and other schedule options, students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisors.
  • First Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 105: Orientation 1 cr
    CRM JST 110: Intro to Criminal Justice 3 cr
    Math (if necessary) 3 cr
    English (if necessary) 3 cr
    GER Humanities 3 cr
    GER Social Science 3 cr
    TOTAL 16 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 271: Intro to Policing 3 cr
    GER Arts 3 cr
    GER Humanities 3 cr
    History 151/152 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
  • Second Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 273: Intro to Corrections 3 cr
    CRM JST 275: Intro to Criminal Courts 3 cr
    COM 103 3 cr
    GER Natural Science 3 cr
    History 151/152 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 305: Criminological Theory and Policy 3 cr
    GER Natural Sciences Lab 3 cr
    GER Social Science 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    CRM JST Elective 2 cr
    TOTAL 14 credits
  • Third Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 370, 380, 410, or 671 (choose one) 3 cr
    CRM JST 310: Race, Ethnicity, and Justice 3 cr
    GER Social Science 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    Sociology 261: Intro to Sociological Stats 3 cr
    CRM JST Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
  • Fourth Year
    Semester I
    CRM JST 663: Capstone Seminar 3 cr
    CRM JST Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits
    Semester II
    CRM JST 662: Methods of Social Welfare Research 3 cr
    CRM JST Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    General Elective 3 cr
    CRM JST Elective 3 cr
    TOTAL 15 credits

Students earn 3 credits for each semester of field placement. Field placement is elective; however, it is strongly encouraged. A student must commit a minimum of eight hours per week to the agency, for the entire semester. Some agencies require more than eight hours per week from a student. Students can apply for field placement in their junior year, after being formally admitted to the criminal justice major.

Field Placement

Criminal Justice Minor
  • A minor in criminal justice can strengthen your education.
    • It is a strong complement for:
      Students studying journalism, politics, sociology, social work, political science, or philosophy; students who plan on attending law school;
      students who seek careers in public service.
      Declare a Criminal Justice Minor
  • This track requires a minimum of 18 credits in the following courses. Six elective credits in criminal justice courses at the 300 level or above are required. Credits earned in CRM JST 311 (Field Experience) and CRM JST 599 (Independent Reading) do not count toward the minimum 18 credits required for this minor.
    COURSE # COURSE NAME CREDITS
    CRM JST 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
    CRM JST 271 Police Process 3
    CRM JST 273 Correctional Process 3
    CRM JST 275 Criminal Court Process 3
    300 level Upper Level Criminal Justice Electives (2) 6
    TOTAL 18
Transfer Students
  •   Transfers: Upon admission, the UWM Registrar’s Office will evaluate and apply a student’s previous coursework (allow two to four weeks for this process). A student who transfers from a campus within the UW System or the Wisconsin Technical College System can transfer up to 72 credits toward a degree in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
  • Students transferring from a school within the UW System or the Wisconsin Technical College System can learn how credits may transfer by using Transfer Wisconsin. Additionally, we’ve created our own transfer equivalency worksheet specifically for social work and criminal justice transfer students.
  • As soon as they are admitted, and the UWM Registrar’s Office has completed the transfer credit evaluation process, students should meet with an academic advisor to review transfer course equivalencies, discuss program requirements, and create an academic plan for coming semesters.

 

Contact Us
  • Department of Criminal Justice
    & Criminology
    Enderis Hall, Room 1010
    (414) 229-4852
    hbssw@uwm.edu

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