BS Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

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(subject to catalog requirements at the time of admission)

Overview of Credits (120 credits)
(2014-16 Catalog)

  1. Core Curriculum
    1. Entry year experience writing emphasis - 7 credits
    2. Competency Requirements - 11-12 credits
      1. Communication - 8 credits
      2. Mathematics - 3 credits
    3. Liberal Arts Requirements - 29 credits
      1. Fine Arts, History, Humanities - 12 credits
      2. Social Sciences - 9 credits
      3. Natural Sciences - 8 credits
    4. International Education/Ethnic/Gender Studies - 6-9 credits
      1. International Education - 3 credits
      2. Gender and Ethnic Studies - 3 to 6 credits
  2. Criminal Justice Major Requirements - 54+ credits
    1. Required Writing Proficiency
    2. Core Requirement - 15 credits
    3. Additional Requirements - 6 credits
      1. Theory Requirement - 3 credits
      2. Research Method Requirement - 3 credits
  3. Electives Requirement - 15 credits
  4. Supplemental Credits or Minor - 18-24 credits
    1. Supplemental Credits - 18 credits
    2. Business Administration Minor - 24 credits
  5. Writing Proficiency Exam

1. CORE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Discuss your options with your academic advisor who can guide you in determining which courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions will meet your general education requirements.

You can complete your general education requirements by:

  • Taking distance courses through UW-Platteville (indicated as hyperlinks below)
  • Taking distance courses through UW Colleges or UW Independent Learning
  • Taking approved on-campus or online courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions
  • Transferring approved credits from other institutions

A. ENTRY YEAR EXPERIENCE AND WRITING EMPHASIS (7 CREDITS)

  • Entry year experience (1 credit)
    (required if less than 30 credits completed)
  • Writing Emphasis (3 credit)
    (2000 level or higher)
  • Writing Emphasis (3 credit)
    (2000 level or higher)

b. Competency requiremenst (11-12 CREDITS)

a. Communication (8 credits)
English Composition

  • ENGLISH 1130 Freshman Composition (3 credits)
  • ENGLISH 1230 Freshman Composition (3 credits)

Speech Communication (2 credits)

b. Mathematics (3 credits)
At least one math course at or above MATH 1630 is required. Elementary Statistics (MATH 1830 or equivalent) is recommended.

C. LIBERAL ARTS REQUIREMENTS (29 CREDITS)

a. FINE ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE (12 CREDITS)
You must earn at least three credits in each of these areas and a fourth course as explained below:

Fine Arts (3 credits)
Includes courses in art, music, and theater

Humanities (3 credits)
Includes courses in literature, foreign language, philosophy, or women’s studies

Historical Perspective (3 credits)
Includes history courses

Fourth course (3 credits)
The remaining three credits must be a second course from one of the disciplines chosen for the first course in Fine Arts or Humanities or Historical Perspective. (2000 level or higher)

For example, if you took a course in English literature for the humanities requirement, you could take another literature course as your fourth course, but a course in philosophy would not qualify since it wouldn’t match the same discipline as your prior course for the humanities requirement.

b. SOCIAL SCIENCE (9 CREDITS)
You must take at least three credits in each of two disciplines, including economics, political science, psychology, sociology, cultural geography, women’s studies, and criminal justice. The remaining three credits must be a second course in one of the disciplines chosen and 2000 level or higher.

*Required for the degree

c. NATURAL SCIENCE (8 CREDITS)
You must take courses from at least two different disciplines including physics, biology, chemistry, geography, physical science, and geology, and each course must involve a laboratory experience.

D. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION/ETHNIC/GENDER STUDIES (6-9 credits)

a. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION (3 CREDITS)

b.   ETHNIC & GENDER STUDIES (3 – 6 CREDITS)
You must take at least three credits in ethnic studies and three credits in gender studies, or take one 3-credit course that satisfies both the ethnic and gender studies requirement.

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2. CRIMINAL JUSTICE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS (54 + credits)

For the criminal justice major, students must earn a minimum of 36 credits (12 courses) as outlined below. All of these courses are offered online through UW-Platteville:

A.  Required writing proficiency - Students must earn a “C-” or better in English 1130 and 1230 AND pass the departmental writing proficiency exam before taking upper-division Criminal Justice Courses.

B. Core Requirement (15 credits)

C. Additional Requirements (6 credits)

a. Theory Requirement (3 credits)

b. Research Methods Requirement (3 credits)

**This course has a prerequisite of CRIMLJUS 2130 and 2230 with a “C” or higher, MATH 1830 (Elementary Statistics), and junior standing or consent of the instructor.

  • SOC 3430 Social Research*

C. Electives Requirement (15 credits)

***These courses have a prerequisite.

*Courses marked with an * are NOT currently available through UWP’s Distance Learning Program. Refer to the website for current course offerings.

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3. ELECTIVES (CREDITS WILL VARY)

You may need to take elective credits to meet the graduation requirements. Courses may be in business administration or any area of your choosing. Elective credits can also be used to earn a minor.

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4. SUPPLEMENTAL CREDITS OR MINOR (18-24 credits)

A. Supplemental Credits (in addition to courses taken to fulfill the social science credit) (18 credits)

  • Psychology (3 credits)
  • Psychology (3 credits)*
  • Sociology (3 credits)*
  • Sociology (3 credits)*
  • Political Science (3 credits)*
  • Political Science (3 credits)*

*Courses marked with an * are NOT currently available through UWP’s Distance Learning Program. Refer to the website for current course offerings.

B. Minor in Business Administration (24 credits)
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice online program is paired with a minor in business administration, with courses available in online and print-based formats. Students who want to earn a minor in business administration must complete four required courses and four business administration electives.

a.  Required Courses (12 credits)

b. Elective Courses (12 credits)

Please check courses for prerequisites

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5. WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM

GRADING CRITERIA FOR THE WRITING PROFICIENCY EXAM

  1. CONTENT: awareness of purpose, focus, logic, length, redundancy, does not address topic/thesis
  2. ORGANIZATION: logical order, coherence, unity
  3. DEVELOPMENT: inadequate explanation, ineffective examples, insufficient details
  4. PARAGRAPHING: too many, too few, inadequately developed, transitions needed
  5. SENTENCE STRUCTURE: fragments, comma splices, run-ons, awkwardness, wordy, lack of parallelism, lack of variety
  6. DICTION: wrong word, slang, cliche'
  7. EXACTNESS: missing words, vague words, needless repetition of words
  8. GRAMMAR: pronoun shift, tense shift, wrong verb, wrong pronoun, passive voice, subject/verb agreement, adjective/adverb error, pronoun/antecedent error
  9. SPELLING: wrong word ending, incorrect form of words, misspelled words
  10. MECHANICS: commas, capitals, apostrophes, semicolons, colons

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Minimum of 120 earned credits
  • Minimum of 42 of those 120 credits must be upper division credits (courses numbered 3000 or 4000)
  • Minimum of 32 of the 120 credits must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty
  • 23 of the last 32 credits taken for the degree must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
  • Minimum of 18 credits in the major must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
  • No more than 72 credits can transfer in from any and all two-year lower-division colleges.
  • You must earn a grade of “C-” or better in courses taken with other institutions in order for courses to be considered for transfer.
  • You must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 overall as well as in any minor for work from UW-Platteville.
  • You must earn a grade of “C-” or better in each CJ core course before going onto the next CJ course.
  • These degree requirements (for the 2014-16 catalog) are effective through 8/31/16.  To be enrolled under these requirements, you must be admitted and start courses no later than the summer 2016 semester. 
  • You must also maintain degree progress by completing at least one UW-Platteville course every two years in order to remain under these catalog requirements.  Failure to do so will result in discontinuation from the program.
  • Some requirements may be subject to change without notice.

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