UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH

CRIMINAL JUSTICE



David Jones, Coordinator
Program Office: Clow Faculty 401
Telephone: 920-424-3230

Code 35 or CRIM JUS

I. FACULTY

Harris, Jones, Reed

II. DEGREES

Undergraduate: A major in Criminal Justice can lead to the degrees: Bachelor of Arts; Bachelor of Science.

Graduate: Students who complete a major in Criminal Justice may wish to consider advanced study at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in the Master of Public Administration program. For specifics, please see the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate Bulletin

III. SUMMARY OF FIELDS OF STUDY

1. GOAL(S)
See the department for a listing of their goal(s).

2. THE MAJOR(S)
The program offers a choice of three emphases within the Criminal Justice major. These are: 1) Law Enforcement, 2) Law and Courts, and 3) Corrections.

The Criminal Justice major is recommended for students who seek an understanding of the criminal justice system. The major is not intended to serve as a professional training program; rather it focuses on the legal, ethical, administrative, and behavioral aspects of the criminal justice system and its various parts.

3. THE MINOR(S)
The program offers one minor: Criminal Justice.

IV. ADMISSION/GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Requirements for the Admission to the Criminal Justice Major:
A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater upon a minimum of 30 units (crs.) will be required for acceptance in the Criminal Justice Major. The 30 units (crs.) must include:
  • Criminal Justice 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice Process 3 cr.
  • English 101 College English I 3 cr.
  • Political Science 105 American Government and Politics 3 cr.
  • Mathematical requirement 3 cr.
  • Natural Science requirement 4 cr.

Applicants must receive a minimum of a "B" in the Introduction to Criminal Justice Process.

Units (crs.) earned by students who have transferred to University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be included and evaluated on the same basis as units (crs.) earned at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

1. Requirements for Maintenance of Criminal Justice Major Status:
Criminal Justice majors are expected to maintain a 2.5 grade point average or higher overall and a 2.75 grade point average or higher in their Criminal Justice courses; this includes courses taught by other academic units that are designated electives and/or requirements in the Criminal Justice Major.

Students expecting to enter and be retained in the Criminal Justice Major must complete their College English I and their General Education Mathematics requirements by the time that they have completed 60 unit (cr.) hours.

Students who fail to maintain the required standards will automatically be placed on probation. If they do not meet the required standards after one active term they will be dropped from the Program. They may apply for readmission to the Program only after they comply with Program standards. They may apply for readmission only once.

2. Graduation Requirements for a Criminal Justice Major:
For a student to graduate with a Criminal Justice major, the student must meet all University, College, and Criminal Justice Major requirements; also the Criminal Justice major must possess a 2.50 grade point average on all academic course work and a 2.75 in all courses required and/or accepted for completion of the major.

Exceptions to these provisions may be granted by the Admissions Committee of the Criminal Justice Program.

V. REQUIRED CORE COURSES

Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice 103 Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 270 Introductory Criminal Law 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 212 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations 3 cr. or Public Affairs 221 Introduction to Public Administration 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 218 Adjudication Process in Criminal Process 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 244 Correctional Process 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 288 Police in Modern Society 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 343 Empirical Analysis of Criminal Justice Issues 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 358 Major Criminal Justice Issues 3 cr.

Comment:
Students should take all of the core courses except Criminal Justice 358 before starting courses in their emphasis. The final course taken should be Criminal Justice 358.

Students majoring or minoring in Criminal Justice may substitute an appropriate social science research methods course (Economics 471, 473, Geography 380, 385, Political Science 245, Psychology 371, Sociology 381) for Criminal Justice 343 as a required core course in Criminal Justice.

VI. THE MAJOR(S), WITH EMPHASES AND/OR OPTIONS

1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR

A. Law Enforcement Emphasis
Recommended for students interested in Enforcement Law Careers

Required Units (crs.): 45 Units (crs.)

Required Courses: In addition to Core Courses:
  • Criminal Justice Criminal Justice 304, 319, 340,

Electives: 12 units (crs.) selected from criminal justice courses not required, emphases, and from the following list:
  • Anthropology Anthropology 312, 324.
  • Business Business Administration 314, 352, 363, 364.
  • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 333, 375, 446, 474
  • Human Services: Human Services 345, 353, 415.
  • Interdisciplinary Interdisciplinary Studies 205, 312.
  • Political Science: Public Affairs 307, 362, 363, Political Science 225, 310
  • Psychology Psychology 291, 303, 324, 355, 363, 481.
  • Social Work: Social Work 333, 375, 410.
  • Sociology Sociology 151, 311, 325, 337, 351, 353, 355, 359, 361, 369, 373.
  • Urban and Regional Studies: Urban and Regional Studies 131, 425.

Comment:
Students, with the permission of their advisor, may take an internship in a criminal justice or related service agency. Up to 8 units (crs.) can be earned for this experience.

B. Law and Courts Emphasis
Recommended for persons interested in careers in Criminal Justice Planning, Law, Court and Judicial Administration and Administration of Criminal Justice Agencies.

Required Units (crs.): 45 units (crs.)

Required Courses: In addition to Core Courses: (3 or the 4 following courses)
  • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 319, 328.
  • Political Science: Political Science 253, 392.
Electives: 12 units (crs.) selected from criminal justice courses other than emphasis requirements and from the electives listed under the Law Enforcement emphasis.

Comment:
Students with the permission of their advisor, may take an internship in a criminal justice or related service agency. Up to 8 units (crs.) can be earned for this experience.

C. Corrections Emphasis
Recommended for persons who intend to work with offenders in either institutional or community based programs, or in the juvenile system.

Required Units (crs.): 45 Units (crs.)

Required Courses: In addition to Core Courses:
  • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 346, 347, 348.

Electives: 12 units (crs.) selected from criminal justice courses other than emphasis requirements and from the electives listed under the Law Enforcement emphasis.

Comment:
Students with the permission of their advisor, may take an internship in a criminal justice or related service agency. Up to 8 units (crs.) can be earned for this experience.

Students specializing in Corrections may not take Social Work 375 as an elective.

VII. MINOR(S)

1. CRIMINAL JUSTICE MINOR

Required Units (crs.): 21 units (crs.)

Required Courses:
  • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 103, 212, 218, 244, 270, 288, 343.

VIII. COURSE OFFERINGS

Criminal Justice 103 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to the Criminal Justice Process
An introductory survey of the history, role, and structure of the American criminal justice process.

Criminal Justice 212 3 units (crs.)
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
The study of administrative problems and issues as they relate to criminal justice organizations. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103.

Criminal Justice 218 3 units (crs.)
Adjudication Process in Criminal Justice
An exploration of the criminal judicial process as distinguished from adjudication of civil disputes. Includes discussion of constitutional mandates and other aspects of justice administration in political and social institutions. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103.
Criminal Justice 244 3 units (crs.)
Correctional Process
A survey of the correctional process; correctional objectives, alternatives, policies, and procedures; relationship between the correctional process and the crime control, rehabilitative, and due process models. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103.

Criminal Justice 270 3 units (crs.)
Introductory Criminal Law
Inquiry into the categories of crimes, responsibility for crimes, limitations on criminal capacity, modifying circumstances and special defenses for criminal conduct.

Criminal Justice 288 3 units (crs.)
Police in Modern Society
An analysis of police roles, structure, and performance in American Society. A review of the interaction between economic, legal, political, psychological, and social forces and police behavior. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 304 3 units (crs.)
Criminal Investigation
A survey of the techniques used for investigation of crime. Includes early developments and their effect on modern methods, interrelationships between scientific crime detection and professional skills of investigators, the proper care and handling of evidence for its useful introduction at criminal trials, and the impact of court decisions on police procedures. The course focuses on practical limitations on the effectiveness of crime investigation techniques. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 319 3 units (crs.)
Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt
Rules of evidence as they affect participants in justice administration and the consequences for the justice system. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 328 3 units (crs.)
Criminal Court Behavior
An analysis of the behavior of the principal actors in the criminal court process--prosecutors, judges, and defense attorneys. Court processes will be analyzed from an organizational perspective. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 218 and 343.

Criminal Justice 333 3 units (crs.)
Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System
An examination of the extent of illegal biases in criminal justice practice. Students will be guided to confront their and others' attitudes shaped by racial, sexual, and sexual orientation biases. The primary goal is to teach a method of open discourse to negotiate these conflicts in an evolving culture. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 340 3 units (crs.)
Police Administration
Focus is on theoretical principles as they relate to practice in complex organizations. Attention given to the interrelation of police, courts and correctional facilities as administrative units. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and Political Science 221 or Criminal Justice 212. 340/540

Criminal Justice 341 3 units (crs.)
Administration of Police Operations
Organizational functions, structures, processes and behavior as they relate to law enforcement agencies (exp. local police). An analysis of the administrative problems and practices associated with the delivery of all manners of police services: crime prevention and control, conflict resolution, and general service. Operational police development. implementation, and evaluation. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 340. 341/541

Criminal Justice 343 3 units (crs.)
Empirical Analysis of Criminal Justice Issues
Methods of empirical research and program evaluation in criminal justice; selection of appropriate methods and statistics; data analysis using computer facilities; report writing. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and an introductory level statistics course or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 346 3 units (crs.)
Introduction to Community-Based Corrections
An overview of probation and parole services and other alternatives to incarceration for adult offenders. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor. Note: Students specializing in Corrections may not take Social Work 375 as an elective.

Criminal Justice 347 3 units (crs.)
The Juvenile Justice System
The development and present structure of the juvenile justice system: legal structure, services, current policy issues. Survey of both community-based and institutional juvenile corrections. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 348 3 units (crs.)
Law of Corrections
Examination of the rights of pretrial detainee and convicted offenders from detention through parole. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and 244 or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 358 3 units (crs.)
Major Criminal Justice Issues
The administrative machinery of Criminal Justice in theory and practice. Critical examination of the roles of police, prosecution, courts, and correction in America today. Policy development implementation and evaluation with regard to key criminal justice issues. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and senior standing or consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 375 3 units (crs.)
Special Topics in Criminal Justice
A course on a topic not normally covered in the curriculum. Each time it is offered, the topic will be announced in the timetable. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 103 and at least one of the following: Criminal Justice 218, 244 or 288.

Criminal Justice 396 1-8 units (crs.)
Internship in Criminal Justice
Supervised field experience in a criminal justice agency (e.g., police department, prosecutor's office, or a correctional agency) accompanied by an analysis of the experience. Open only to students who have earned a minimum of 90 units (crs.). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

Criminal Justice 446 1-3 units (crs.)
Independent Study in Criminal Justice
See Independent Study under Course and Academic Advisement Policies information for general course description, general prerequisite, and proper contract form requirements.

Criminal Justice 474 1-6 units (crs.)
Honors: Thesis
Honors thesis projects include any advanced independent endeavor in the student's major field of study, e.g., a written thesis, scientific experiment or research project, or creative arts exhibit or production. Proposals (attached to Independent Study contract) must show clear promise of honors level work and be approved by a faculty sponsor. Course title for transcript will be 'Honors Thesis'. Completed projects will be announced and presented to interested students and faculty. Maximum of 6 units (crs.). Prerequisite: University Honors status and junior standing.
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