For questions about the undergraduate Criminal Justice major or to request an application contact:
The program 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. A traditional program and evening degree program are available; a few courses are offered online.
All prospective students start with criminal justice as their intended major. Then each student must submit a separate application to enter the criminal justice major, and meet the following requirements:
When and How to Apply
Applications to the criminal justice major are accepted from September 1 to October 1, February 1 to March 1, and June 1 to July 1. Contact us if you are considering entering or transferring to a criminal justice major: our advisors will help you plan courses, stay on track, and locate on-campus support.
Criminal justice majors initially complete a two-year liberal arts foundation, including the University’s General Education Requirements. Next, they earn 34 credits in criminal justice. A minimum of 120 credits are required for graduation. Some courses may be taken online or partially online.
The criminal justice curriculum includes mandatory courses, worth 22 credits, and elective courses, worth 12 credits. Elective courses include those in juvenile justice, victimology, jails, and women and the criminal justice system. Students may also elect a field placement in a criminal justice agency, and studying one semester in Bristol, England.
|Introduction to Criminal Justice||3 Credits|
|Introduction to Criminal Justice Research||1 Credit|
|Police Process||3 Credits|
|Courts Process||3 Credits|
|Corrections Process||3 Credits|
|Crime and Criminal Justice Policy||3 Credits|
|Methods of Social Welfare Research||3 Credits|
|Criminal Justice Capstone Seminar||3 Credits|
|Electives in Criminal Justice||12 Credits|
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.
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.
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:
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.