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
Campus: 60 minimum
Online: 90 minimum
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS AND CJ PREREQUISITES
General education requirements
CJ Admission requirements
Two years in high school of the same language or 10 credits of one language at the college level
If deficient at the time of program admission, must be completed prior to graduation
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 Visual, Literary and Performing Arts [VLPA], 15 credits of Natural World [NW] and 15 credits of Individuals and Society [I&S] 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 Knowledge (AofK) 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.
Criminal Justice Honors
Information regarding the Quarterly Dean's List and graduating with honors.
Independent study elective courses offer students the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty in an area of shared scholarship. Employers and graduate schools like to see this experience in your college education because it develops your initiative, responsibility and creativity.
Students must adhere to the Independent Study Guidelines and Instructions when submitting a contract plan for approval. The student is responsible for approaching faculty with an idea for independent study.
The Criminal Justice Internship course (T CRIM 498) is aimed at providing students with an opportunity to learn through experience while receiving academic credit. The course is restricted to students who are Criminal Justice majors with senior status. A description of further prerequisites are articulated on the TCRIM 498 Application Summary and Checklist.