Criminal Justice Requirements

You can earn your bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville by successfully completing a minimum of 120 credits. All courses listed are three credits unless otherwise stated.

Requirements listed below are from the current year catalog. Your requirements are subject to the catalog that was in effect at the time you were admitted.

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

You can complete general education requirements by:

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

Competency Requirements (13-14 credits)

First Year Experience (1 credit)

UWPSTUDY 1010: Introduction to College Life (1 credit)

English Composition (6 credits)

ENGLISH 1040: Studio College Writing I (4 credits) or ENGLISH 1130: College Writing I*
ENGLISH 1230: College Writing II

Speech (2 credits)

SPEECH 1010: Oral Communication for Professionals (2 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

At least one math course at MATH 1630 or above is required.
MATH 1730: Math of Finance or MATH 1830: Elementary Statistics

Wellness and Physical Activity (2 credits)

Wellness: HHP 1000: Fitness Assessment and Management (1 credit)
Physical Activity: HHP: 1280 Personal Conditioning (1 credit)

Liberal Arts Requirements (23 credits)

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

Fine Arts: MUSIC 1590: Music Appreciation
Humanities: WOMGENDR 1130: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (also satisfies gender requirement)
History: HISTORY 2020: World Civilization II or HISTORY 2430: History of the US Since 1877

Social Science (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses to complete your social science requirements:

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

Supplementary Credits (3 credits)

Additional credits in mathematics, social science, or natural science are required for bachelor's degree.

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
HISTORY 2020: World Civilization II

Ethnic & Gender Studies (3-6 credits)

You must earn at least three credits in ethnic studies and three credits in gender studies or take one 3-credit course that satisfies both requirements.

BUSADMIN 3340: Management, Gender, & Race (satisfies both requirements)
WOMGENDR 1130: Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (satisfies the gender and humanities requirement)
ETHNSTDY 1030: Race, Gender, and Class (satisfies both requirements)

Major Requirements (36+ credits)

Criminal justice majors will need to earn a C- or better in all courses.

Required Courses (15 credits)

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

CRIMLJUS 1130: Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIMLJUS 2130: Foundations of Policing
CRIMLJUS 2230: Foundations of Corrections
CRIMLJUS 4030: Criminal Law
CRIMLJUS 4930: Criminal Justice Seminar

Theory Requirement (3 credits)

Select one of the following, which will count toward the total number of elective credits required.

CRIMLJUS 3430: Criminology
SOC 3330: Crime and Delinquency*

Research Methods Requirement (3 credits)

Select one of the following, which will count toward the total number of elective credits required.

CRIMLJUS 3900: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
SOC 3430: Social Research*

Electives (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

Optional Business Administration Minor (24 credits)

At least 12 of the credits required for the business minor must be from UW-Platteville.

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: Strategic Promotions Management
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


  • Earn a minimum of 120 credits.
  • A minimum of 42 of the 120 credits must be upper division credits (3,000 and 4,000 level).
  • A minimum of 32 of the 120 credits must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
  • Of the last 32 credits, 23 of them must be taken under the direction of the UW-Platteville faculty.
  • A minimum of 18 credits with the CRIMLJUS prefix must be taken under the direction of UW-Platteville faculty.
  • No more than 72 credits may be transferred from any two-year lower-division college.
  • A grade of “C-“or better must be earned in courses taken with other institutions in order for courses to be considered for transfer.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 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.
  • A grade of C- or better must be earned in each criminal justice core courses before moving onto the next criminal justice course.
  • Enroll in one UW-Platteville course within the first year of being admitted into the program. Failure to do so will result in the discontinuation from the program.
  • 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.

*Requirements may be subject to change without notice.