Criminal justice major
Criminal justice is one of our most popular academic programs. There are plenty of reasons why the criminal justice major enjoys such a strong reputation. With the help of internships, diverse faculty, research opportunities, and more, our students can use their knowledge in criminal justice in a variety of ways: to improve the current justice system, exercise reasoned judgment to advance the scientific basis of criminal justice practices, and promote ethical principles.
In a growing career field that consists of many different specializations, understanding criminal behavior as well as the governing legal system is a great asset to society. Criminal justice provides a wide array of studies including criminology, policing, the courts, juvenile delinquency/juvenile justice, and corrections which pave the way to influential careers concerning these topics as well as government law, paralegal, private-practices, correctional treatment specialists, and more.
THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROGRAM IS RANKED #1 IN THE STATE
2022 Forensic Anthropology Workshop
University of Wisconsin-Parkside students and local law enforcement personnel gained first-hand experience on what it’s like to be a crime scene investigator as part of a Forensic Anthropology Workshop, featuring local law enforcement professionals, scientists and K-9 units.
During the six-day workshop, which ran June 6-11, students were guided through a full mock grave excavation, where they learned about search, recovery, and analysis of crime scenes.
LEARNING IN ACTION
Our students can use their knowledge in Criminal Justice to:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
ACCREDITED FOR QUALITY
"The University of Wisconsin-Parkside, a premier public institution and leading provider of high- quality educational programs was recognized as the top school in Wisconsin for its support of careers in criminal justice and corrections, in rankings published by CorrectionalOfficer.org."
- PRESS RELEASE from CorrectionalOfficer.org
FBI Agent | Police Officer | Crime Scene Investigator | DNR Ranger | TSA Officer Game Warden | Correctional Officer | Probation Officer | Juvenile Case Manager
Her research involves examining racialized and gendered cultural frames in media, social movements, and criminal trials and the influence on cognitive bias and decision-making.
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