The Online Criminal Justice Major
Beginning with the Fall Semester of 2014, The Department of Criminal Justice will begin to offer both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice in an online format.
The Focus and Design of the Online CJ Major
The online criminal justice major is designed for non-traditional students who cannot pursue the on-campus criminal justice major due to time constraints, geographic constraints, employment obligations, and so on. The online criminal justice major may be appropriate for students who wish to pursue an accelerated Criminal Justice Liberal Arts Baccalaureate Education that emphasizes: writing and critical thinking skills, a theoretical understanding of crime and the criminal justice system's response to crime, data analysis, policy formulation and policy analysis, and the legal, ethical, administrative, and behavioral aspects of the criminal justice system and its various parts.
If you have questions about the Criminal Justice Online Major, here are some important contacts:
For information regarding the online criminal justice major, please contact the the Online Coordinator, Dr. Victoria Beck,by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (920-424-7094) For information regarding degree transfer credits, admissions and course enrollment, please contact an LLCE pre-advisor.
Admission Requirements for Online CJ Major
Since this is an accelerated major, it is required that applicants have educational or work experience in the criminal justice system.
Therefore, applicants must meet at least one of the following requirements:
- The applicant holds a 2-year associate’s degree from an accredited university. This associate’s degree must meet all or some of the general elective requirements necessary to complete the Bachelor of Arts or Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. Ideally, an applicant will have completed an associate’s degree from a 2-year University of Wisconsin campus.
- The applicant has 2-years of full time work experience in a criminal justice or related field (for instance, the applicant has 2 years’ experience as either a police officer, probation officer, correctional officer, social worker, or other related field)
Additionally, applicants must meet all of the following requirements:
- The applicant has completed all of the necessary requirements to be admitted to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
- The applicant submits a letter of interest to the criminal justice department that indicates that he or she wishes to be admitted to the online criminal justice major. The letter should provide a rationale as to why she or he wishes to pursue the online major.
- The applicant submits at least two letters of recommendation. If the applicant is applying with an associate’s degree, these letters should be written by faculty members from their degree program and the letters should address the applicant’s ability to pursue a rigorous criminal justice major over a short period of time. If the applicant is applying based on 2-years of work experience in a criminal justice related field, at least one of the required letters should be written by her or his supervisor. The second letter may be written by a colleague who works in the same department. Both letters should address the applicant’s ability to pursue a rigorous criminal justice major over a short period of time.