The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, the first institution of higher education in Wisconsin to grant the baccalaureate degree in criminal justice, has distinguished itself as a leader in providing high quality education for our graduates. Since its creation in 1966, the Department of Criminal Justice has been recognized by criminal justice agencies across the nation for the excellence of its academic program and the professional accomplishments of its graduate.
The program of study emphasizes a total criminal justice perspective, yet allows students the flexibility to choose specialized courses in areas related to their own professional and academic interests. Students take a core of courses designed to aid them in critically assessing the functions and relationships of the police, prosecution, courts, and correctional systems in the United States.
Criminal justice is a stimulating and rewarding area of study, which can be pursued as part of a broadly based liberal education as well as part of a program of professional and pre-professional studies. With its emphasis on the administration of justice within the context of American society, the criminal justice program is designed to stimulate critical thought about the nature and causes of crime, as well as to assess the diverse methods of responding to criminal and delinquent behavior. As part of the liberal arts tradition, criminal justice can be studied as an end in itself, as a field of study that is personally enriching regardless of one's career interests. At the same time, however, undergraduate education in criminal justice provides for the needs of students who plan to enter law school or who wish to pursue graduate studies in criminal justice, criminology, or related fields. Similarly, for those students wishing to begin working in the field immediately upon graduation, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice provides an excellent and often necessary preparation.
Students who major in criminal justice are encouraged to consider completing minors in related areas such as: psychology, sociology, political science, safety, accounting, chemistry, biology, business, or computer science. Students who are majoring in other fields can minor in criminal justice or forensic investigation.