The Criminal Justice major is a 65-credit program comprised of core courses (45 credits) in five content areas: administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, and research and theoretical methods. Core electives (20 credits) are drawn from multiple disciplines. Through the core courses and electives, students will be able to augment their interest in specific aspects of criminal justice.
To qualify for graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 and complete a minimum of 180 credits as outlined below:
College-level credits: General Education, Prerequisites, and electives
The course requirements for a degree will not always total the 180 credits needed to graduate. The additional credits needed to complete 180 college-level quarter credits are called "general electives." Students may choose from a variety of disciplines outside their major to fulfill general electives.
Please note: Students who have not met the minimum of at least 15 credits of Arts and Humanities [A&H], 15 credits of Natural Sciences [NSc] and 15 credits of Social Sciences [SSc] within their lower-division coursework must meet with the program advisor regarding selection of appropriate courses within an elective category to complete these Areas of Inquiry (AoI) requirements.
Program Petition for Course Substitution
Current social welfare majors, criminal justice majors or students who have declared the minor in criminal justice are eligible to submit course substitution petitions for review. You must supply documentation as outlined on the Program Petition for Course Substitution along with the signed form. Please allow a minimum of 7 -10 days for review. Decision notifications will be sent to your UW email address. Only college-level transferable courses are eligible for course substitutions (vocational-technical coursework is not eligible). All CJ core or core elective course substitutions must be approved by petition after CJ admission. A maximum of 10 transfer equivalent credits are allowed towards the 65 credit major.