Thinking about majoring in Social Work or Criminal Justice? Here’s information to help you decide:

Fall 2021 New Admits

If you’re a new freshman, contact Academic Advisor Talisa Smith with questions.

Social Work
  • The Social Work Student
  • Discover this fast-growing profession! Enrolled students are trained as generalists to work to encourage change within individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Students may work with various client groups that provide services for children, victims of intimate partner violence, the elderly, individuals with alcohol and other drug issues, and the homeless. By graduation, students are solidly prepared for a wide range of careers.
  • Student Social Work Association
  • Social Work Alumni Profiles
  • The Social Work Professional
    Our graduates have impressive careers — many have gone on to become trauma specialists, medical social workers, child welfare workers, family counselors, educators, and more.
  • Specific Jobs Include:
    • Adoption Counselor
    • Advocate
    • Case Manager
    • Child Abuse Investigator
    • Child Welfare Worker
    • Clinical Therapist
    • Community Organizer
    • Community Outreach Specialist
    • Correctional Guard
    • Crisis Intervention Counselor
    • Disabilities Specialist
    • Drug/Alcohol Abuse Counselor
    • Family/Marriage Counselor
    • Forensic Social Worker
    • Foster Care Case Worker
    • Fundraising Chair
    • Gerontology Specialist
    • Grant Writer
    • Group Home Director
    • HIV Counselor
    • Homeless Advocate
    • Immigration Officer
    • Intake Counselor
    • International Social Worker
    • Lobbyist
    • Medical Social Worker
    • Mental Health Counselor
    • Nursing Home Social Worker
    • Program Services Coordinator
    • Psychiatric Social Worker
    • School Social Worker
    • Supported Living Coordinator
    • Victim Advocate Specialist
    • W-2 Case Worker
    • Youth Counselor

Criminal Justice & Criminology
  • The Criminal Justice Student
  • Enrolled students study three broad areas: law enforcement, which upholds the law; the courts, which safeguard the judicial process; and corrections, which provide societal protection and rehabilitation. By the time they graduate, students are prepared to work in courts, jails and within law enforcement agencies.
  • The Criminal Justice Student Association
  • Criminal Justice Alumni Profiles
  • Criminal Justice Career Day Fair
  • The Criminal Justice Professional
    Our graduates have impressive careers — many have gone on to become FBI agents, investigators, crime analysts, police officers, and more.
  • Specific Jobs Include:
    • ATF Special Agent
    • Border Protection Agent
    • Campus Police Officer
    • CIA Agent
    • Corrections Officer
    • Court Reporter
    • Crime Analyst
    • Criminologist
    • Death Investigator
    • DEA Special Agent
    • FBI Agent
    • Forensic Investigator
    • Forensic Toxicologist
    • Homeland Security Agent
    • IRS Criminal Investigator
    • Judge
    • Juvenile Probation Officer
    • Law Clerk
    • Lawyer
    • Loss Prevention Investigator
    • Military Officer
    • Paralegal
    • Park Ranger
    • Police Chief
    • Police Detective
    • Police Officer
    • Postal Inspector
    • Pre-Trial Services Officer
    • Private Security Officer
    • Probation Counselor
    • Public Safety Officer
    • Secret Service Agent
    • Sheriff
    • State Trooper
    • U.S. Marshal
    • Victim Services Specialist
    • Youth Care Counselor

The top 10 reasons to
choose HBSSW & UWM

  Flexible Programs We offer online, blended, weekend, and evening programs in criminal justice and social work.

  Unique Courses and Certificate Programs Our Crime Analysis program is the most comprehensive in the nation. In Social Work, our graduate certificate in Trauma-Informed Care gives students an advanced level of training in this area. Beginning in Fall 2021, social work students may pursue a minor in aging.

  Field Instruction and Affiliations Our social work field and criminal justice field agency partners offer supervised, professional experience for students to begin applying what they’ve learned.

  Scholarships We offer a variety of exclusive scholarships and paid work opportunities to students.

  Coordinated Degree Programs Accelerated and Combined Degree Programs We offer an accelerated program in criminal justice where students can complete two degrees in less time. At the master’s level, students may earn two master’s degrees in these programs: MPH/MSW, MSW/MSCJ and MSCJ/MPA.
  Commitment to Diversity UWM is the most diverse of the 13 UW System campuses. We are one of the nation’s top campuses for LGBTQ+ students and currently rated 4.5 stars by Campus Pride as an LGBTQ+ friendly University.

  Recognized Faculty The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is ranked as a “highest research activity” campus by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This ranking, often referred to as R1, was earned by only 130 of 4,338 U.S. colleges and universities.

  Our Campus Our bustling research campus lies in the heart of an attractive residential neighborhood that borders Lake Michigan and boasts a blend of charming homes, coffee shops, restaurants, and more.

  The City Milwaukee is a big city offering incredible opportunities, such as our world-renowned art museum, professional athletics, theaters, concerts, and festivals.

  Tradition of Excellence UWM was founded 60 years ago on a belief that a great city needed a great university.

Contact Us

  • Phone: (414) 229-4852
    Fax: (414) 229-5311

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Campus Resources
  • Social Work and Criminal Justice Advising
    Enderis Hall 10th Floor, (414) 229-4852
  • Career Planning and Resource Center
    Mellencamp Hall 128, (414) 229-4486
  • Office of Undergraduate Research
    Bolton Hall 192, (414) 229-2666

Criminal Justice Accelerated Master’s Program and Scholarships

Social Work Department Newsletters

Student Associations

  • Social Work 100 covers the broad career opportunities for social workers as well as specific areas of social work, including: mental health, LGBTQ+ advocacy, gerontology and child welfare.
  • No prerequisites; fulfills a GER.
  • Offered online.
  • Criminal Justice 110 is the perfect class to gauge your interest in the Criminal Justice major.
  • No prerequisites; fulfills a GER.
  • Offered online.