Faculty and Facilities

Excellent Faculty
In addition to their educational preparation and teaching abilities, faculty members have been involved in research and education in criminal justice and have served as practitioners in the field.
Personal Interaction between Faculty and Student
The Criminal Justice Department is large enough to provide a diversity of perspectives and course offerings, yet small enough to ensure personal contact between student and faculty.
Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House (FICSH)
Built specifically for forensic investigation, this completely furnished house provides students with realistic interior crime scenes. It is a unique opportunity to transition from the classroom to the crime scene.
Forensic Investigation Research Facility
Located adjacent to the FICSH, the FIRF is approximately 1.5 acres of fenced land upon which students are able to conduct mock crime scene practicals. It is a working research facility to gather and analyze data on the effects of time and weather on the decomposition rate of remains, specifically hog carcasses.
Forensic Investigation Laboratory
This classroom contains state of the art equipment to train students in forensic investigation techniques such as an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).

Provides Preparedness and Variety

Criminal Justice Association
As part of one of the largest departments on campus, criminal justice majors play a significant role in student government and other activities. The Criminal Justice Association (a student organization) sponsors a number of field trips, social and professional activities for students throughout the year.
The Criminal Justice Advisory Boards
Advisory boards, made up of leading practitioners, provide feedback, insight, and current information on changes in their fields. They also give advice to the criminal justice department on future programs and projects.
Crime Laboratories
The usual requirement for employment in a crime lab to analyze physical evidence is a bachelor of science in chemistry although a bachelor of science in biology is sometimes useful. The Departments of Chemistry/Physics, Biology and Criminal Justice cooperate to prepare qualified students to be crime laboratory analysts.
Workshops and Seminars
Nationally recognized authorities are brought to campus to address students and faculty on matters of social and political concern.
Guest Lecturers
Practitioners are invited into the classroom as guest lecturers. The theoretical and philosophical principles of criminal justice are complemented and clarified by the knowledge offered by these experienced practitioners. Classes are occasionally taken off campus for on-site visits to police, court, and correctional agencies.
Research and Directed Studies
Students are actively involved in research projects and directed studies requested by or designed in connection with criminal justice agencies. These projects help students understand the complexities of decision-making and problem-solving in criminal justice agencies.

Certifications and beyond

AODA Counseling Certification
The Departments of Criminal Justice and Psychology and Counseling offer courses that complete the knowledge portion of certification as an alcohol and other drug abuse counselor.
Social Work Certification
Criminal Justice majors may take psychology and criminal justice courses in order to apply for a State of Wisconsin Social Worker training permit/certificate and subsequently pursue State of Wisconsin Social Work licensure.
Wisconsin Basic Law Enforcement Certification
Criminal justice majors who graduate with particular criminal justice courses are eligible to enroll in a summer recruit academy which certifies them as Wisconsin police officers.
Criminal Justice Career Day
The Criminal Justice Association, assisted by the Department of Criminal Justice, holds an annual Criminal Justice Career Day. Representatives from all areas of the criminal justice system are invited to campus to give students information on their specialized fields.
Outstanding Placement Rates
UW-Platteville graduates are employed in all areas of the criminal justice system throughout the United States. Students willing to consider a wide range of geographical areas are found to be highly successful in placement.
Master of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Program
Many graduates have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in criminal justice and related fields; others have entered law school or other professional schools.