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Criminal Justice

 

Information

 

Chris Rose, Chairperson

Program Office: Clow Faculty
Telephone: (920) 424-3230

Code 35 or CRIM JUS

 

Faculty

Beck Lenza
Camlibel Rose
Jones Richie
 

Degrees

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

Summary of Fields of Study

  1. Goal(s)
  • The criminal justice curriculum for the major is designed to prepare students for careers in many professions related to crime and justice. Courses focusing on law, corrections policing and criminology teach students about the complexities associated with the criminal justice process and crime analysis. In addition to the course work, criminal justice students have the opportunity to learn outside the classroom through criminal justice internships at a variety of criminal justice agencies. Since the Criminal Justice Major includes a focus or criminological theory, research methodology, statistical analysis, and law, graduates earn a criminal justice education that will have prepared them to pursue advanced degrees in the fields of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Law. 

 

  • The Major(s)
  • 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.
  • The Minor(s)
    • The program offers one minor: Criminal Justice.
 

Admission/Graduation Requirements

A. Requirements for the Admission to the Criminal Justice Major:

  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater upon a minimum of 30 credits will be required for acceptance in the Criminal Justice Major. The 30 credits must include:
    • Criminal Justice 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice Process 3 cr. (or 103 and permission from Criminal Justice Coordinator.
    • WBIS/English 101 College English I 3 cr.
    • Mathematics requirement 3 cr.
    • Natural Science requirement 4 cr.
  • Credits earned by students who have transferred to the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh will be included and evaluated on the same basis as credits earned at University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.

B. 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 credit 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.

C. 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 grade point average in all courses that count toward the major, with grades “C” or better.
 

Required Core Courses

 

Criminal Justice

  • Criminal Justice 110 Introduction to Criminal Justice Process 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 270 Introductory Criminal Law 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 212 Managing Criminal Justice Organizations 3 cr. or Public Administration 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 281 Elementary Statistics in Criminal Justice Research
  • Criminal Justice 288 Police in Modern Society 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 343 Quantitative Research Design 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 351 Theories of Crime 3 cr.
  • Criminal Justice 358 Major Criminal Justice Issues 3 cr.

Comment:

Criminal Justice 281 and 343 should be taken in the same semester. The final course taken should be Criminal Justice 358. 

 

The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

 

1. Criminal Justice Major

  • Required Credits: 45 minimum
  • Required Courses: In addition to the required core courses: A Criminal Justice Major must successfully complete a minimum of fifteen credits of elective courses in Criminal Justice selected from the following list:
    • Criminal Justice 304, Criminal Investigation
    • Criminal Justice 315, Police Deviance
    • Criminal Justice 319, Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt
    • Criminal Justice 328, Criminal Courts Behavior
    • Criminal Justice 331, Women and Crime
    • Criminal Justice 332, Institutional Violence
    • Criminal Justice 333, Illegal Bias in the Criminal Justice System
    • Criminal Justice 334, Comparative Criminal Justice Policies
    • Criminal Justice 340, Police Administration
    • Criminal Justice 344, Crime Films, Popular Culture, and Criminology
    • Criminal Justice 346, Community-Based Corrections
    • Criminal Justice 347, Juvenile Justice Systems
    • Criminal Justice 348, Law of Corrections
    • Criminal Justice 352, Organized Crime
    • Criminal Justice 353, Convict Criminology
    • Criminal Justice 354, Homeland Security and Terrorism
    • Criminal Justice 374, Human Osteology
    • Criminal Justice 375, Special Topics in Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Justice 377, Forensic Anthropology
    • Criminal Justice 396, Internship in Criminal Justice (Students must complete 90 credits, or permission of the Internship Coordinator)
    • Criminal Justice 446, Independent Study in Criminal Justice
    • Criminal Justice 474, Honors Thesis
  • A maximum of 6 of the 15 required CJ elective credits may be taken as credits cognate courses/electives offered by other departments such as:
    • Anthropology: Anthropology 312, 324
    • Business: Business Administration 314, 352, 363
    • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 333, 352, 375, 446, 474
    • Human Services: Human Services 353, 415
    • Interdisciplinary: Interdisciplinary Studies 205, 312
    • Political Science: Political Science 225, 253, 304, 306, 310, 392
    • Public Administration: Public Administration 307, 362
    • Psychology: Psychology 224, 303, 305, 324, 331, 355, 363, 367, 383, 391, 481
    • Social Work: Social Work 333, 375, 410
    • Sociology: Sociology 311, 325, 331, 337, 351, 353, 355, 359, 361, 369, 373
    • This does not include all courses that may be approved. Students should consult with their Criminal Justice Advisors about courses not on this list. 
    • Urban Planning: Urban Planning 425
    • Women Studies: Women Studies 353

Comment:

Students, with the permission of their Criminal Justice adviser, may take an internship in a criminal justice or related service agency. Up to eight elective credits can be earned for this experience.

 

The Minor(s)

 

1. Criminal Justice Minor

  • Required Credits: 21 minimum
  • Required Courses:
    • Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice 110, 212 (or Public Administration 221), 218, 244, 270, 288.
    • One Upper Level Criminal Justice Course (3 crs.) from the following list:  Criminal Justice 304, 315, 319, 328, 331, 332, 333, 334, 340, 341, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 351, 352, 353, 354, 374, 375, 377.

 

Course Offerings

Criminal Justice    110

3 (crs.)

Introduction to Criminal Justice Process

A beginning course in Criminal Justice designed to provide an understanding of the criminal justice system and to lay the foundation for additional work in the discipline. This course should be taken by students anticipating a major in criminal justice. Credit cannot be received for both Criminal Justice 103 and Criminal Justice 110. Special fees may apply.

 

 

Criminal Justice    212

3 (crs.)

Managing Criminal Justice Organizations

The study of administrative problems and issues as they relate to criminal justice organizations. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    218

3 (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. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    244

3 (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. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    270

3 (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. Prerequisite: Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor to enroll.

 

 

Criminal Justice    281

3 (crs.)

Elementary Statistics in Criminal Justice Research

This course has been designed to introduce students to commonly used statistical tests in criminal justice research.  Through this introduction, students will be equipped with the ability to conduct and interpret statistical analyses.  Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270 and Math 104 or PBIS 187, 188, 189 (recommended) or Math Placement Exam score higher than Math 104/PBIS. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    288

3 (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. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    304

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    315

3 (crs.)

Police Deviance

This course examines and seeks to understand the problem of police officers and agencies that engage in deviant or criminal behavior. It will also examine the impact that deviance has upon the public’s perceptions of police legitimacy. Finally, police accountability and reform policies will be discussed. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor. Special course fees may apply.

 

 

Criminal Justice    319

3 (crs.)

Criminal Courts: Proof of Guilt

Rules of evidence as they affect participants in criminal justice and the consequences for that system. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    328

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    331

3 (crs.)

Women and Crime

This course is the study of women and crime, including women as participants and victims of crime, and criminal justice professionals. The course explores the pathways by which women become involved in criminal behavior, the response of the criminal justice system, and the complex worlds women experience on the street and in prison. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor. Cross-listed: Women’s and Gender Studies 331/Criminal Justice 331. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses.

 

 

Criminal Justice    332

3 (crs.)

Violence: An Examination of the Institutional Foundations

In the United States predominant theories of violence focus on individualistic explanations as the root cause of violence while ignoring the broader and deeper role of social institutions in establishing and perpetuating policies and beliefs in utilizing violence to resolve political, social, and personal conflicts. Course will emphasize how societies can construct and apply less than human identities to individuals, racial or ethnic groups, or other nation states which then allow us to utilize forms of violence against them as “others”. Course will include historical and theoretical reviews of slavery, slave law, lynching, death penalty, genocide’s, economic violence, environmental violence and gendered violence, all of which disproportionately impact minority populations. Cross-listed Criminal Justice 332/Social Justice 332. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    333

3 (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. Cross-listed Criminal Justice 333/Social Justice 333. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    334

3 (crs.)

Comparative Criminal Justice Policies (XS)

This course has been designed to broaden student’s awareness of the intertwining historical and contemporary factors underlying differing criminal justice policies through a global perspective of how differing laws, policies, and practices in other nations as well as by some states in the U.S. impact criminal justice systems and broader society so that students can develop an awareness of alternative laws, policies and practices and their outcomes. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    340

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    341

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    343

3 (crs.)

Quantitative Research Design

Quantitative methods of empirical research and program evaluation in Criminal Justice; selection of appropriate quantitative methods and statistical tests; data analysis using computer facilities; research paper writing. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270 and concurrent enrollment in Criminal Justice 281. Must be a Criminal Justice major to enroll or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    344

3 (crs.)

Crime Films, Popular Culture, and Criminology

Within today’s popular culture, movies about crime and criminals are common. Such films have become so common and popular, that very few of us have not shared in the experience of watching a crime movie. We all share this experience and, to one degree or another, we all can (and often do) draw from this cultural resource when thinking about issues relating to crime, criminals, and criminal justice. Throughout this source, we explore this phenomenon, and learn how crime movies, combined with other elements of our popular culture (music, literature, websites, video games, and so on), have produced a “popular criminology” that runs parallel to its more scientific cousin: academic criminology. Once these domains have been defined and their differences explored, we will “take criminology to the movies” and begin to look at how these two domains interact. For instance, does popular criminology support or contradict our scientific theories? Or, does it simultaneously do both? Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    346

3 (crs.)

Community-Based Corrections

An overview of probation and parole services and other alternatives to incarceration for adult offenders. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    347

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    348

3 (crs.)

Law of Corrections

Examination of the rights of pretrial detainee and convicted offenders from detention through parole. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    351

3 (crs.)

Theories of Crime

An introduction to the study of crime, criminals, and crime theory.  Substantive areas to be studied include (1) what is crime? and (2) what causes crime?  Goals of the course are for students to: (1) develop an understanding of the complex relationship between crime and society; and (2) learn to identify underlying assumptions inherent in any societal approach to crime.  Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and Criminal Justice 270. Must be a Criminal Justice major to enroll or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    352

3 (crs.)

Organized Crime

This course highlights (1) the nature, extent, and theoretical explanations of organized crime, (2) the business of organized crime, (3) the measures being taken to combat organized crime in the United States and around the world, and (4) differing world perspectives on organized crime.  Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    353

3 (crs.)

Convict Criminology

Convict Criminology explores a new way of thinking about crime and corrections. This course examines the emerging field of convict criminology that consists primarily of essays and empirical research conducted and written by convicts, or ex-convicts, on their way to completing or already in possession of a Ph.D., or by enlightened academics who critique existing literature, policies, and practices, thus contributing to a new perspective in criminology, criminal justice, corrections, and community corrections. Cross-listed Criminal Justice 353/Social Justice 353. Students may receive credit for only one of the two cross-listed courses. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    354

3 (crs.)

Homeland Security & Terrorism

This course focuses on various aspects of homeland security, domestic, and international terrorism. Terrorist group motivations, tactics, campaigns, and targets as well as counter-terrorism-related law enforcement strategies, criminal justice procedures; organization, missions, and critical issues in US homeland security will be discussed. Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Pub Adm 221 or Crim Jus 212, 218, 244, 281, 288, 343, and 351. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    358

3 (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. Prerequisites: Criminal Justice 110 and 270. Criminal Justice 212, 218, 244, 281, 288, 343, and 351. At least 9 of the 15 required elective credits must be completed. Must be a Criminal Justice major or minor or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    374

3 (crs.)

Human Osteology

This course focuses on the human skeleton and the data it provides forensic anthropologists, paleoanthropologists, and archaeologists. Skeletal and dental anatomy is covered in detail, with special attention given to anthropologically important aspects of specific bones and  teeth. Students will also learn how to recover bone from forensic and archaeological contexts, recognize bone fragments, estimate age-at-death, sex and biological affinity from skeletal elements, diagnose bone pathologies, collect metric data, and identify trauma. The information covered in this course is the foundation for future studies in bioarchaeology, paleoanthropology, and forensic anthropology. Prerequisite: Anthropology 202 or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    375

3 (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 110 and 270 and at least 12 credits from the following: Public Admin 221 or Crim Jus 212, Crim Jus 218, 244, 281, 288, 343 and 351. Must be a Crim Just major or minor or consent of instructor. Course can be repeated twice with a different topic. See Academic Associate if you plan to take twice for a form that will need to be completed.

 

 

Criminal Justice    377

3 (crs.)

Forensic Anthropology

In this course students will be introduced to the methods and analytical techniques of forensic anthropology. The topics covered will include the stages of soft tissue decomposition, estimation of the post-mortem interval, forensic entomology, using skeletal elements to estimate demographic information, forensic odontology, skeletal trauma, and determining the cause of death. Additionally, Students will analyze simulated forensic cases using real human skeletons and learn to construct case reports for law enforcement agencies. Prerequisites: Anthropology 202 or Anthropology 374, or consent of instructor.

 

 

Criminal Justice    396

1 – 8 (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 (crs.)

Independent Study

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 (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.). Prerequisites: University Honors status and junior standing or consent of instructor.