Criminal Justice

UW-Parkside 2019-21 Catalog
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College:
Social Sciences and Professional Studies

Degree and Programs Offered:
Bachelor of Arts
Major - Criminal Justice
Minor - Criminal Justice

Student Organizations/Clubs:
Criminal Justice Association

Career Possibilities:
The criminal justice major is designed to provide a broad-based liberal arts education for undergraduates interested in careers in criminal justice. Increasingly, criminal justice agencies require bachelor’s degrees for entry-level and management positions. Possible career opportunities include federal, state, and local law enforcement, attorneys, probation and parole officers, youth counselors, private investigators, criminal investigators, correctional officers, intelligence analysts, legal assistants, family violence counselors, victim-witness advocates and counselors, statistical research analysts, court administrators, customs officers, and border patrol agents.

Department Overview

The criminal justice major is an interdisciplinary field with emphasis on the social sciences. Criminal justice examines the scientific study of the structure and function of law enforcement, the courts and corrections. In other words, criminal justice examines decision-making processes, operations and other justice-related issues.

Program Level Outcomes

Our students can use their knowledge in Criminal Justice to:

  1. Improve the Justice System - by communicating the results of criminal justice concepts and criminological theories to articulate methods and strategies to improve our justice system.
  2. Advance the Scientific Basis - exercise reasoned judgment to advance the scientific basis of criminal justice practices, policies and procedures by identifying and evaluating research needs and priorities of our justice agencies.
  3. Promote Ethical Principles and Practices - demonstrate social and personal responsibility by evaluating evidence, acting ethically, and reflecting the values that are the underpinnings of criminal justice as an academic discipline.

Preparation for Graduate School

The criminal justice major provides preparation for professional and graduate studies in law, criminology, criminal justice, sociology, public administration, and other related fields

Requirements for Admission to the Criminal Justice Major

In order to declare a major in criminal justice, the student must have 1) CRMJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (or equivalent transfer course) with a grade of C or better, and 2) an overall GPA of at least 2.25.

 

Requirements for the Criminal Justice Major (42 Credits)

This 42-credit major includes a core of 27 credits of criminal justice courses and 15 credits of upper-level electives. At least 15 credits of upper-level courses in the major must be completed at UW-Parkside. An internship is strongly recommended.

Complete with a C or better (C-minus is not acceptable) all courses toward the criminal justice major. Courses are selected in consultation with your academic adviser.

A. Required Core Courses (27 credits)
CRMJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 cr
CRMJ 200 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3 cr
CRMJ 233 Criminology 3 cr
CRMJ 234 Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 235 Police and Society  3 cr
CRMJ 316 Criminal Procedure 3 cr
CRMJ 363 Corrections 3 cr
CRMJ 365 Race, Crime, Law (DV)  3 cr
CRMJ 380 Criminal Law  3 cr

 

B. Upper-Level Electives (15 credits)
Choose five courses:
Suggested 300-level electives relevant to possible career tracks
     
Law Enforcement
ANTH 310 Forensic Anthropology 3 cr
CRMJ 305 Family Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 327  Communities, Crime and Place  3 cr
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 344 Organized Crime 3 cr
CRMJ 345 White Collar Crime 3 cr
CRMJ 355 Forensic Evidence 3 cr
CRMJ 366 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 368 Victimology 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind  3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 387 Terrorism and Security 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System  3 cr
POLS 310 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 3 cr
     
Courts/Law
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
CRMJ 359 Law and Society 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind 3 cr
CRMJ 375 Criminal Court Process 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
POLS 310 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 3 cr
POLS 320 Constitutional Law: The Structure and Power of U.S. Government 3 cr
     
Corrections
CRMJ 305 Family Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 325 Restorative Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 361 Correctional Intervention 3 cr
CRMJ 362 Community Corrections 3 cr
CRMJ 364 Capital Punishment 3 cr
CRMJ 366 Women, Crime, Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind 3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
PHIL 320 Value Theory: Punishment 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
     
Juvenile Justice
CRMJ 305 Family Violence  3 cr
CRMJ 366  Women, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 391 The Criminal Justice Profession 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
     
Criminal Justice/Social Justice
CRMJ 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
CRMJ 353 Criminal Justice/Social Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 359 Law and Society 3 cr
CRMJ 367 Latinos(as) and the Law (DV) 3 cr
CRMJ 374 Crime & Human Rights 3 cr
CRMJ 385 Media, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 388 Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr
CRMJ 391 The Criminal Justice Profession 3 cr
CRMJ 492 Criminal Justice Research Seminar 3 cr
CRMJ 494 Criminal Justice Internship* 3-6 cr
POLS 316 Diversity Law: African Americans (DV) 3 cr
*Only 3 credits of CRMJ 494 will count toward criminal justice upper-division elective credits

 

Requirements for the Criminal Justice Minor (24 Credits)

The minor in criminal justice consists of a minimum of 24 credits, distributed as follows:

A. Core Courses (12 credits)
1. Required Course (3 credits):
CRMJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr
     
2. Choose Three Courses (9 credits):
CRMJ 233 Criminology 3 cr
CRMJ 234  Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 235 Police and Society 3 cr
CRMJ 316 Criminal Procedure 3 cr
CRMJ 363 Corrections 3 cr
CRMJ 365 Race, Crime, Law (DV) 3 cr
CRMJ 380 Criminal Law 3 cr
     
B. Research Methods/Statistics (3 credits)
CRMJ 200 Criminal Justice Research Methods 3 cr
or equivalent methods/statistics course approved by the criminal justice adviser.
     
C. Upper-Level Electives (9 credits)
Choose three courses:
Suggested 300-level electives relevant to possible career tracks:
     
Law Enforcement
ANTH 310 Forensic Anthropology 3 cr
CRMJ 305 Family Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 327 Communities, Crime and Place 3 cr
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 344 Organized Crime 3 cr
CRMJ 345 White Collar Crime 3 cr
CRMJ 355 Forensic Evidence 3 cr
CRMJ 366 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 368 Victimology 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind 3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 387 Terrorism and Security 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
POLS 310 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 3 cr
     
Courts/Law
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
CRMJ 359 Law and Society 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind 3 cr
CRMJ 375 Criminal Court Process 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
POLS 310 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties 3 cr
POLS 320 Constitutional Law: The Structure and Power of U.S. Government 3 cr
     
Corrections
CRMJ 305 Family Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 325 Restorative Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 335 Liability Issues in Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 361 Correctional Intervention 3 cr
CRMJ 362 Community Corrections 3 cr
CRMJ 364 Capital Punishment 3 cr
CRMJ 366 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 371 The Criminal Mind 3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
PHIL 320 Value Theory: Punishment 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
     
Juvenile Justice
CRMJ 305 Family Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 366 Women, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 372 Violence 3 cr
CRMJ 391 The Criminal Justice Profession 3 cr
PHIL 328 Ethics in the Criminal Justice System 3 cr
     
Criminal Justice/Social Justice
CRMJ 352 Law and Social Change 3 cr
CRMJ 353 Criminal Justice/Social Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 359 Law and Society 3 cr
CRMJ 367 Latinos(as) and the Law (DV) 3 cr
CRMJ 374 Crime & Human Rights 3 cr
CRMJ 385 Media, Crime and Criminal Justice 3 cr
CRMJ 388 Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr
CRMJ 391 The Criminal Justice Profession 3 cr
POLS 316 Diversity Law: African Americans (DV) 3 cr
CRMJ 492 Criminal Justice Research Seminar 3 cr

 

Courses in Criminal Justice (CRMJ)

 

101

Introduction to Criminal Justice
Prereq: None. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Introduces agencies and processes involved in the criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. Analyzes the roles and problems within criminal justice agencies in a democratic society.

3 cr
200

Criminal Justice Research Methods
Prereq: CRMJ 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Methods, philosophy and sources of criminal justice research.

3 cr
233

Criminology
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines past and current theory and research including crime as a consequence of social, economic, political and personal factors; and critique of approaches to prevention and correction. Cross-listed with SOCA 233.

3 cr
234

Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Covers conceptions of juvenile delinquency; the offender in the juvenile justice system; the philosophy, structure and function of juvenile courts; the philosophy, development, and organization of diversion, detention and treatment of the juvenile offender. Cross-listed with SOCA 234.

3 cr
235

Police and Society
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Studies various levels, roles, and functions of law enforcement in America; evaluates the nature and responsibilities of law enforcement including police accountability and civil liability. Examines the racial, ethnic and gender issues in law enforcement. Cross-listed with SOCA 235.

3 cr
290

Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Prereq: Consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Selected topics in criminal justice will be examined. General elective only, not upper-level elective.

3 cr
305

Family Violence
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Examines the criminal justice response to family violence, which includes child abuse, spousal abuse, elder abuse, and date rape. Explores the prevalence and extent of family violence as well as strategies for treatment and prevention. Cross-listed with SOCA 305.

3 cr
316

Criminal Procedure
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
This course provides a selective analysis of the constitutional amendments most relevant to criminal justice process. Designed to complement criminal law and criminal court process, it offers a comprehensive explanation of the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments; more commonly known as the criminal justice amendments.

3 cr
325

Restorative Justice
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the basic principles of restorative justice and its variants, such as transformative justice, peacemaking criminology, and community justice systems.

3 cr
327

Communities, Crime and Place
Prereq:  CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the theoretical and applied relationship between communities, crime and place.  Includes discussions of criminal justice, geographic and sociological theories linking crime to location.  Reviews crime mapping.

3 cr
335

Liability Issues in Criminal Justice
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Liability issues in criminal justice focuses on the constitutional and statutory rules governing liability for governmental actions resulting in harm to citizens under civil rights laws.

3 cr
344

Organized Crime
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course examines the development of organized crime in America and internationally, including the history, development, ethnic links, and impact on society and the economy. International cooperation in addressing the problem of organized crime will be covered.

3 cr
345

White Collar Crime
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course covers a variety of issues in white collar and corporate crime including the kinds of offenses officially defined in the law as white collar crime. Criminological theories about white collar crime, including controversies over how it is defined, are reviewed.

3 cr
352

Law and Social Change
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Provides a broad theoretical background against which to explore policies in the system of law, in definition and enforcement of the law, and to follow those policies as they have been and how social change affects policies. Cross-listed with SOCA 352.

3 cr
353

Criminal Justice/Social Justice
Prereq:  CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor.  Freq:  Occasionally.
This course explores the theory, policy and practice of justice from the criminological, sociological and philosophical perspectives of justice. The relationship between criminal justice and social justice will be examined.

3 cr
355

Forensic Evidence
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course covers a variety of issues in forensic evidence including the types of scientific evidence frequently encountered in the criminal courts. Particular emphasis on scientific evidence in criminal investigations and a few selected cases involving introduction of scientific evidence, a e reviewed.

3 cr
359

Law and Society
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Explores selected legal rules, principles, and institutions treated from a sociological perspective, including influence of culture and social organization on law; role of law in social change; social aspects of the administration of justice; and social knowledge and law. Cross-listed with SOCA 359.

3 cr
361

Correctional Intervention
Prereq: CRMJ 101, or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Reviews the history of correctional treatment in the United States, from doing penance to modern day rehabilitative techniques.  

3 cr
362

Community Corrections
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
An overview of major components of community-based methods of correctional supervision with an emphasis on probation and parole. Community supervision will be examined from historical, philosophical, social and legal perspectives.

3 cr
363

Corrections
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Analyzes the organization of correctional agencies and the role of corrections in the criminal justice system. Includes review of theories, practices, systems, and treatment methods. Cross-listed with SOCA 363.

3 cr
364

Capital Punishment
Prereq:  CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor.  Freq: Occasionally.
An examination of historic and current trends in capital punishment. Considers the literature and philosophical basis of capital punishment, and other issues (e.g., the costs, future trends).  Provides an in-depth examination of capital punishment from a criminal justice policy perspective.

3 cr
365

Race, Crime, Law
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101, junior standing. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Explores the intersections of race, crime and law in terms of the historical context, the present-day situation and future directions. Focuses on multiple perspectives from offender to victim to criminal justice practitioner. Cross-listed with SOCA 365.

3 cr
366

Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
Prereq:  CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor.  Freq:  Occasionally.
Examines the study of female crime and delinquency.   In addition to women as offenders, this course focuses on women as victims and workers in the criminal justice system.  Cross-listed with WGSS 366.

3 cr
367

Latinos(as) and the Law
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or POLS 100 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Introduces and examines experiences Latinos(as) encounter with and within the U.S. criminal justice system, as well as related international and transnational issues. A range of theoretical frameworks will be utilized, including socio-ecological, political, and psychological. Cross-listed with LBST 367/POLS 367.

3 cr
368

Victimology
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or SOCA 101. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines the causes and consequences of crime victimization, including the history and recent re-emergence of the study of the victim and types and circumstances of victimization. Addresses victims’ rights and the victims’ rights movement. Cross- listed with SOCA 368.

3 cr
371

The Criminal Mind
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor.  Freq: Occasionally.
Criminal behavior will be examined in relation to learning factors, psychopathy, juvenile delinquency, mental disorders, violence and homicide, sexual offenses, economic crimes, drugs and alcohol and the correctional system.

3 cr
372

Violence
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course introduces students to the study of violence and offers a historically grounded, multidisciplinary approach that integrates perspectives from the social sciences, humanities and the natural and physical sciences, in order to provide a comparative framework within which to understand violence.

3 cr
373

Criminal Justice and Mental Health
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Yearly.
Explores historical and cultural contexts relating to individuals with severe and persistent mental conditions within the criminal justice system.

3 cr
374

Crime & Human Rights
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Focuses on the interrelationship between crime and human rights. Discusses the Bill of Rights especially the freedom of expression, fundamental fairness and equality. Examines the American criminal justice system via the works of prominent writers, researchers and activists.

3 cr
375

Criminal Court Process
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
An analysis of the criminal court process from the formal charging of criminal cases through sentencing. An examination of the manner in which cases move through the criminal court system.

3 cr
380

Criminal Law
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
An analysis of substantive criminal law. Included are elements of crime; crimes against person, property and public morality; complicity; and inchoate crime.

3 cr
385

Media, Crime and Criminal Justice
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Examination of the interrelationship between the mass media, crime and criminal justice.  Some topics covered: media and the social construction of crime; crime and justice in the entertainment and news media; media as a cause of crime; and media-based anti-crime efforts.

3 cr
387

Terrorism and Security
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course explores and examines the phenomenon of terrorism from a global context. Focusing on a critical understanding of the history and theories of terrorism as well as the societal responses to terrorism, and the civil and human rights implications of such response.

3 cr
388

Comparative and International Criminal Justice Systems
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Examines theory and methods of comparative criminal justice. Surveys of the procedures and processes employed by other countries to identify, adjudicate and respond to crime and deviant behaviors.

3 cr
391

The Criminal Justice Profession
Prereq: CRMJ 101 or consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
This course examines the development of the criminal justice profession – the historical changes, present-day issues and future directions. In addition, this course focuses on various issues such as professional socialization ranging from the macro-occupational structure of the profession to the micro-processes of becoming a criminal justice professional, traditional and nontraditional career paths within criminal justice, promotions, and professional advancement.

3 cr
490

Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Prereq: CRMJ 101 and junior standing, or consent of instructor. Freq: Fall, Spring.
Selected topics in criminal justice are offered and the content varies from semester to semester.

3 cr
492

Criminal Justice Research Seminar
Prereq: CRMJ 101 and junior standing. Consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
A selected criminal justice research project at the advanced level will be offered to students under faculty supervision. Hands-on community research will be conducted as a class project. Research project will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit with different projects.

3 cr
494

Criminal Justice Internship
Prereq: Junior standing, degree GPA of 2.25, criminal justice major, departmental permission required. Freq: Fall, Spring, Summer.
Field experience designed to further the student’s integration of theory and practice in a professional setting. Potential placements include federal, state, county and municipal criminal justice or administrative law agencies or nonprofit residential treatment facilities. Limited enrollment. (Only 3 credits of the 6 credits can be used to fulfill the criminal justice upper-level elective credit.)

3-6 cr
499

Independent Study
Prereq: Criminal justice major; junior standing, and consent of instructor. Freq: Occasionally.
Provides opportunities for independent work on specific problems in criminal justice not explored in existing curriculum under faculty supervision.

1-4 cr
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