The bachelor’s degree in criminal justice provides an understanding of the criminal justice system and society in which it functions. Meet your educational goals by selecting courses in policing, corrections, criminological theory, law, forensic investigation, alcohol and drug abuse counseling, and private security. You have the option to choose one of the exciting areas of emphasis in law enforcement or corrections to round out your degree.

UW-Platteville’s Forensic Investigation Crime Scene House, one of just a handful of similar facilities in the country, will allow you to apply classroom principles in simulated crime scenes. You’ll gain real-life skills in the university’s nationally recognized internship program, as you work in local, state, or national agencies and departments while earning credit. Network with over 100 Tri-State agencies during the Criminal Justice Career Day on campus.

In addition to the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offered on campus, you can learn online and continue with a master’s degree in criminal justice.

Choose how your degree will best suit your interests by selecting an area of emphasis.


Explore community-based corrections, correctional institutions, and juvenile justice with an emphasis in corrections.You’ll be prepared for a career as a probation or parole officer, victim advocate, correctional officer, rehabilitation facilitator, juvenile or elderly services, and more.

Law Enforcement

Learn to police in a democratic society with an emphasis in law enforcement. You’ll find employment opportunities as a police officer, private security, federal agent, sheriff deputy, criminal investigator, and more.