Criminal Justice Degrees, Majors and Academic Programs

At UWM, criminal justice students study the nature and causes of crime, the impact of crime on individuals and society, and the workings of the entire criminal justice system. Field placements allow students to begin applying what has been learned in the classroom.


Criminal Justice Careers

Those best suited to criminal justice work are those who have a strong liberal arts base and good interpersonal skills. They draw on skills in communication– such as listening, speaking and writing – as well as skills in assessing, analyzing and evaluating.

Employment opportunities within the criminal justice system are expected to be excellent in upcoming years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Positions can be found in government agencies (accounting for approximately 50 percent of jobs), the private sector, and nonprofit agencies. Advanced technology and increasingly complex legal issues have led to specialized work in technology, computer security and intelligence. Specific entry-level career options include:

  • Law Enforcement: Police Officer, Private Investigator, Detective, Research Intelligence Analyst
  • Courts: Victim-witness Coordinator, Court security Officer, Legal Assistant, Jury Analyst
  • Corrections: Corrections Officer, Juvenile Counselor, Probation Officer, Case Manager

Many graduates go on to law school or earn master’s degrees in criminal justice.


Our faculty is committed to interdisciplinary research in criminal justice. This endeavor is aided by our location at a major research university, located in Wisconsin’s largest city. Faculty regularly conduct studies with grants from major national agencies; publish books; and have their work published in all of the major criminal justice journals.

Our research spurs intellectual exchange among policymakers, practitioners, and other researchers in criminal justice and other disciplines in order to foster positive change in our society.

Contact Us

We welcome your questions. Get in touch with us for information on topics such as the criminal justice profession, salaries and job opportunities, field placements, professional certification and licensing, professional and student organizations, or general education requirements.

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UWM Helen Bader School of Social Welfare
Office of Admissions and Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 1110
P.O. Box 786
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0786