Criminal Justice Degree Requirements

You'll earn your degree by successfully completing 120 credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Requirements listed below are for the 2016-18 catalog. Your requirements are subject to the catalog that was in effect at the time you were admitted.

Core Curriculum Requirements

Your academic advisor can help guide you in determining which courses from UW-Platteville and other institutions will meet your core curriculum requirements.

Core curriculum requirements can be completed by:

  • Taking distance courses through UW-Platteville or UW Colleges
  • Taking approved on-campus or online courses from UW-Platteville or other institutions
  • Transferring approved credits from other institutions

Entry Year Experience (1 credit)

An introduction to college course is required if fewer than 30 credits have been completed.

Competency Requirements (11-12 credits)

Communication (8 credits)

English Composition:
ENGLISH 1130 College Writing I
ENGLISH 1230 College Writing II

Speech Communication: SPEECH 1010 Public Speaking (2 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

At least one math course at MATH 1630 or above is required.

Liberal Arts Requirements (23 credits)

Fine Arts, Humanities, and Historical Perspectives (9 credits)

MUSIC 1590 Music Appreciation
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
HISTORY 1430 History of the US Since 1877

Social Science (6 credits)

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice (required for degree)
ECONOMIC 2130 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECONOMIC 2230 Principles of Microeconomics
PSYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology

Natural Science (8 credits)

BIOLOGY 2340 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
GEOGRPHY 1040 Planet Earth (4 credits)

International Education/Ethnic/Gender Studies (6-9 credits)

International Education (3 credits)

BUSADMIN 1300 Global Business

Ethnic & Gender Studies (3-6 credits)

BUSADMIN 3340 Management, Gender, & Race (satisfies both requirements)
WOMGENDR 1130 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies

Supplementary Credits (3 credits)

Additional credits in mathematics and social sciences are required for a bachelor's degree.

Criminal Justice Major Requirements (54+ credits)

Criminal justice majors will need to earn a minimum of 36 credits as outlined below.

Required Writing Proficiency

Students must earn a "C-" or better in ENGLISH 1130 or 1230 and pass the departmental writing proficiency exam before taking upper-division criminal justice courses.

Core Courses (15 credits)

*Courses not currently available through UW-Platteville's Distance Learning Center. View all undergraduate course offerings.

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 2130 The Police Function
CRIMLJUS 2230 Foundations of Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law
CRIMLJUS 4930 Criminal Justice Seminar - Each major must pass the departmental writing proficiency exam before taking Criminal Justice Seminar.

Theory Requirement (3 credits): CRIMLJUS 3430 Criminology or SOC 3330 Crime and Delinquency*

Research Methods Requirement (3 credits): CRIMLJUS 3900 Research Methods in Criminal Justice (prerequisite required) or SOC 3430 Social Research*

Elective Requirements (15 credits)

CRIMLJUS 2630 Private Security Operations
CRIMLJUS 3130 Criminal Investigation
CRIMLJUS 3330 Police Administration
CRIMLJUS 3630 Juvenile Justice
CRIMLJUS 4130 Police-Community Relations
CRIMLJUS 4230 Community-Based Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4330 Criminal Procedures and Evidence
CRIMLJUS 4500 Directed Individual Studies
CRIMLJUS 4630 Current Topics in Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 4880 Internship in Criminal Justice

Courses 3130-4880 have prerequisties required.


Choose from a variety of criminal justice or business administration courses to complete your degree requirements. Elective credits can also be used to earn a minor.

Supplemental Credits or Optional Minor (18-24 credits)

Supplemental Credits (18 credits)

Supplemental credits can be taken in addition to courses taken to fulfill the social science credit.

Psychology (6 credits)
Sociology* (6 credits)
Political Science* (6 credits)

PSYCHLGY 1130 General Psychology is available through UW-Platteville. All other supplemental credit courses are not currently available through UW-Platteville's Distance Learning Program.

Business Administration Minor

Required Courses (12 credits)

ACCTING 2010 Financial Accounting
BUSADMIN 1300 Global Business
BUSADMIN 2330 Leadership and Management
BUSADMIN 2630 Introduction to Marketing

Elective Courses (12 credits)

BUSADMIN 2100 Supply Chain Management
BUSADMIN 2340 Business Analytics
BUSADMIN 3030 Human Resource Management
BUSADMIN 3100 Compensation Management
BUSADMIN 3110 Integrated Marketing
BUSADMIN 3120 Retailing
BUSADMIN 3130 Legal Environment of Business
BUSADMIN 3240 E-Commerce and E-Marketing in Today's World
BUSADMIN 3340 Management, Gender, and Race
BUSADMIN 3400 Personal Financial Planning
BUSADMIN 3500 Employee Training and Development
BUSADMIN 3530 Organizational Behavior
BUSADMIN 3540 Quality Management
BUSADMIN 3620 Corporate Finance
BUSADMIN 3640 Financial Systems Analysis
BUSADMIN 3650 International Finance
BUSADMIN 3700 Marketing Research
BUSADMIN 3710 Bank Management
BUSADMIN 3720 International Marketing
BUSADMIN 3740 Consumer Behavior
BUSADMIN 4120 Operations Management
BUSADMIN 4140 International Management
BUSADMIN 4160 Purchasing Management
BUSADMIN 4200 Employee Recruitment and Selection
BUSADMIN 4330 Labor-Management Relations
BUSADMIN 4630 Marketing Management

Check all courses for prerequisites.

Writing Proficiency Exam

Grading criteria for the writing proficiency exam will consist of:

  • Content: awareness of purpose, focus, logic, length, redundancy, does not address topic/thesis
  • Organization: logical order, coherence, unity
  • Development: inadequate explanation, ineffective examples, insufficient details
  • Paragraphing: too many or too few, inadequately developed, transitions needed
  • Sentence Structure: fragments, comma splices, run-ons, awkwardness, wordy, lack of parallelism, lack of variety
  • Diction: wrong word, slang, cliché
  • Exactness: missing words, vague words, needless repetition of words
  • Grammar: pronoun shift, tense shift, wrong verb, wrong pronoun, passive voice, subject/verb agreement, adjective/adverb error, pronoun/antecedent error
  • Spelling: wrong word ending, incorrect form of words, misspelled words
  • Mechanics: commas, capitals, apostrophes, semicolons, colons
Graduation Requirements:

1. Earn a minimum of 120 credits.
2. A minimum of 42 of the 120 credits must be upper-division credits (3,000 and 4,000 level).
3. A minimum of 32 of the 120 credits must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
4. Of the last 32 credits, 23 of them must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
5. A minimum of 18 credits with the CRIMLJUS prefix must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
6. No more than 72 credits may be transferred from any two-year lower-division college.
7. A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in courses taken with other institutions in order for courses to be considered for transfer.
8. A minimum GPA of 2.5 overall, as well as in any minor, must be maintained, and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in the major for work from UW-Platteville.
9. A grade of "C-" or better must be earned in each criminal justice core course before moving onto the next criminal justice course.
10. Degree requirements from the 2016-18 catalog are effective through 8/31/18. To be enrolled under these requirements, you must be admitted and start courses no later than the summer 2018 semester.
11. 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.
12. Requirements are subject to change without notice.

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