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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014

Helen Bader School of Social Welfare

Criminal Justice

Study in the field of criminal justice examines the component parts of criminal justice - police, courts, and corrections - and seeks to gain an understanding of the interdependencies among these separate parts of the criminal justice system. Courses emphasize the role of criminal justice agencies in society, particularly in relation to the impact of alternative criminal justice policies on society and social problems.


In addition to normal University admission requirements, students submit a separate application for admission to the criminal justice major when they have achieved junior standing. A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all previous college work and completion of Crm Jst 150 are required for admission. Applications may be obtained from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare Student Information Center, 11th floor of Enderis Hall.

Course of Study

Criminal justice intended majors spend their first two years building a liberal arts foundation and fulfilling proficiency requirements. Freshmen and sophomores may begin to take courses offered in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.

The major in criminal justice requires a minimum of 31 credits in criminal justice courses, and 27 credits in social science courses, for a minimum of 57 credits for the major. No more than 65 credits in criminal justice and social science courses may be taken for credit toward the degree. The Department requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including transfer work, to meet graduation requirements.

Required Courses

Crm Jst 110

Introduction to Criminal Justice


Crm Jst 150

Introduction to Research in Criminal Justice


Crm Jst 271

Police Process


Crm Jst 273

Corrections Process


Crm Jst 275

Criminal Court Process


Crm Jst 295

Crime and Criminal Justice Policy


Crm Jst 662

Methods of Social Welfare Research


Electives in criminal justice






(Soc Wrk 100 and Soc Wrk 206 count as electives in the criminal justice major.)

Social Science Requirements. A total of 27 credits in the social sciences is required, to include the following distribution:

1. 15 credits taken in a single area of concentration from one of the following: anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology or sociology. (Courses must be approved as General Education social sciences.) At least 6 of these credits must be at the upper division (300 level or above).

2. 12 credits taken in at least two other social sciences from the list above, outside the area of concentration. Other social sciences such as geography, philosophy, etc. are not included in the social sciences for the major, nor do they count in the 65-credit rule.

Field Work

Upon approval of the Criminal Justice Field Coordinator, the student may earn up to 6 credits for authorized field placements with various criminal justice agencies including police departments, court-related agencies, and correctional institutions.

Criminal Justice Minor

A minor in criminal justice requires a minimum of 19 credits in criminal justice courses. Required courses in the minor are Crm Jst 110, 150, 271, 273, and 275. The remaining 6 credits must be earned in 300 level courses or above. Credits earned in Crm Jst 311 (Field Experience) and Crm Jst 599 (Independent Reading) do not count toward the minimum number of credits required for the minor in criminal justice.

Certificate Program in Forensic Sciences

The Criminal Justice Program in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare cooperates with the Departments of Anthropology and Chemistry in the College of Letters and Science and the Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program in the College of Health Sciences to offer studies in forensic sciences. Certificates can be earned in Death Investigation, Forensic Sciences, and Forensic Toxicology. For additional information, see the complete "Forensic Sciences" program description in the Inter-School/College section of this catalog.

Crime Analysis

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Specialization in Crime Analysis.  A sequence of courses will lead to a specialization in this growing area.  Preparation includes a foundation in criminal justice and research methods; specialized coursework in crime analysis, analysis-oriented technology, and data driven policing; and field placement in an agency setting with practicing professionals.

Course of Study: Specialization in Crime Analysis

The specialization in Crime Analysis consists of 27 credits, with the following courses (or equivalents) required:

Crm Jst 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr.
Crm Jst 271 Police Process 3 cr.
Crm Jst 295 Crime and Criminal Justice Policy 3 cr.
Crm Jst 662 Methods of Social Welfare Research 3 cr.
Crm Jst 480 Criminal Evidence and Investigation 3 cr.
Crm Jst 510 Introduction to Crime Analysis 3 cr.
Crm Jst 520

Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analyses;
Crime Mapping; ArcGIS, 3 credits

3 cr.
Crm Jst 530 Data Driven Policing 3 cr.
Crm Jst 311 Field Experience Practicum 3 cr.

Students must complete all coursework within the sequence. A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in residence at UWM.Criminal Justice 110, Criminal Justice 271, Criminal Justice 295, and Criminal Justice 662 are prerequisites for Criminal Justice 510 and Criminal Justice 520.  Criminal Justice 110, Criminal Justice 271, and Criminal Justice 295 are prerequisites for Criminal Justice 530.  Criminal Justice 110 is a prerequisite for all other courses in the sequence.


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