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Evening Degree Students

With the addition of more classes offered after 5:30 pm, you can now complete a degree in criminal justice in either five or eight years (even less if you transfer work) by taking evening courses taught by full-time UWM faculty members.

Degree Requirements

Criminal justice majors complete a two-year liberal arts foundation, including the University's General Education Requirements, then complete 30 credits in criminal justice courses covering foundation subjects and police, courts and corrections processes. Electives include:

  • Field placement in a criminal justice agency
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Victimology
  • Jails
  • Women and the Criminal Justice System

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the degree. All courses are held after 5:30 pm and will be offered on a five or eight year sequence. You will complete 6-9 credits during the Fall and Spring semesters, and 3-6 credits in the summer.

For Further Information

To receive information or registration materials, please contact:
Student Services
Office:(414) 229-4851 Fax: (414) 229-5311
7:45-4:30 daily, evening hours by appointment

Field Placement

Field placement is elective; however, it is strongly encouraged. In field placement, students gain first-hand knowledge of how a criminal justice agency operates and interacts with other criminal justice agencies. There are about 200 affiliate sites, including federal law enforcement agencies, from which to choose.

Students earn three credits for each semester of field placement. 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. They are placed in the order that their applications are received. Each student selects three field placement preferences. If a student cannot be placed in one of the selected agencies, he or she will be placed elsewhere, based on stated interests.