Criminal Justice, Comprehensive Major

Liberal Arts (Code 430-001)

University Requirements

Credit Requirements
Minimum total for graduation 1120
Upper division credits (courses numbered 300 and higher)39
Liberal Education Core36
Academic Concentrations
Grade Point Requirements 2
Total2.00 average
Resident2.00 average
Major2.00 average
Minor2.00 average
Certificate2.00 average
University Residency Requirements
Minimum total30
Senior year23
Major, Standard, upper division in residence12
Major, Comprehensive, upper division in residence21
Certificate25 percent of credits
Procedures Required for Graduation
Obtain admission to the degree program and/or the College offering it.
Apply for graduation on CampS.

Applicability of Credits Toward Graduation

Junior College or Two-Year College Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in a junior college or two-year college will be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire.

Extension Credits. Credits earned in credit outreach courses offered by UW-Eau Claire are treated as resident credits. Credits earned in extension courses offered by other units of the University of Wisconsin System are treated as transfer credits. All other (non-UW) extension and correspondence credits are normally limited to one-fourth of the total required for graduation from any curriculum.

WTCS Credits. A maximum of 72 semester credits earned in college parallel programs at Madison Area Technical College, Milwaukee Area Technical College, Nicolet Area Technical College, or Chippewa Valley Technical College may be accepted as degree credits at UW-Eau Claire. A set number of general education courses will be accepted from other technical schools. Occupational and technical courses may also be considered for transfer if the quality and content of the course work from the technical college is judged to be comparable to course work at UW-Eau Claire. Refer to the Transfer Credit Wizard or contact the UW-Eau Claire Admissions Office for information about the current transfer policy.

USAFI Credit. UW-Eau Claire will accept up to 32 semester credits for work done through the United States Armed Forces Institute, under the provision for non-UW correspondence credit (see Extension Credits above).

Activity Credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184 courses) Students may count toward graduation no more than one credit of KINS 110-184 courses. Students may count toward graduation no more than four credits earned in any single activity course and no more than 12 credits resulting from any combination of activity courses (excluding KINS 110-184 courses). 

Other Restricted Credits. For other University restrictions, see the following: Cooperative Education; Credit by Examination; Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Registration; Transfer of Credits. College or departmental restrictions may also be placed on Independent Study (399-499 courses), Directed Study (395-495), and other types of credits.

Total degree creditmaximum 12
Major, Standardmaximum 1 course
Major, Comprehensivemaximum 2 courses
Minormaximum 1 course
Credit by Examination
Total degree creditmaximum ¼ of total
Major or minormaximum ½ of total
Two-Year College Credits
Total degree creditmaximum 72 credits
Activity credit (band, chorus, drama, KINS 100-184)
Total KINS 100-184maximum 1 credit
Total Band, chorus, dramamaximum 12 credits
Single course band, chorus, dramamaximum 4 credits
Extension credits
UW-Systemno maximum
Other extension/correspondencemaximum ¼ of total
USAFImaximum 32 credits

Liberal Education Core

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire measures learning outcomes to ensure that its graduates have achieved a liberal education and prepared themselves to contribute to a complex society. Upon graduation, each undergraduate will have met the five learning goals of our liberal education core and the 12 learning outcomes they comprise. 

Knowledge Goal
Knowledge Outcome 1 (K1): Natural SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 2 (K2): Social SciencesTwo (2) learning experiences
One experience in laboratory science must be selected from either K1 or K2.
Knowledge Outcome 3 (K3): HumanitiesTwo (2) learning experiences
Knowledge Outcome 4 (K4): Fine ArtsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Goal
Skills Outcome 1 (S1): Written and Oral CommunicationTwo (2) learning experiences
Skills Outcome 2 (S2): MathematicsOne (1) learning experience
Skills Outcome 3 (S3): CreativityOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Goal
Responsibility Outcome 1 (R1): Equity, Diversity, and InclusivityTwo (2) learning experiences
Responsibility Outcome 2 (R2): Global PerspectivesOne (1) learning experience
Responsibility Outcome 3 (R3): Civic and Environmental IssuesOne (1) learning experience
Integration Goal
Integration Outcome 1 (I1): IntegrationTwo (2) learning experiences
Service-Learning Goal
Service-Learning30 hours

College Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree (B.A./B.S.)

University Graduation Requirements. All candidates for degrees must fulfill the requirements for credits, curriculum, GPA, and University residency as specified in the section of this catalog titled University Graduation Requirements.

College Graduation Requirements: Grade Point Averages. All candidates for degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences must earn minimum resident and total GPAs of 2.00 in the major, the minor, and the certificate. The resident and total GPAs for the major are computed using all attempted credits applicable to the major including those offered by departments other than the major department. The resident and total GPAs for the minor and the certificate are computed similarly.

Major-Minor and Major-Certificate Requirements. A standard major (a minimum of 36 credits) must be supplemented by a minor (a minimum of 24 credits) or by a certificate (12 to 18 credits) to meet graduation requirements for completing a first and second degree program. No minor or certificate is required with a Comprehensive Major (60 or more credits) or with two majors of 36 or more credits each.

Certain degree programs, which include Comprehensive Majors, may require more than the minimum of 120 credits for graduation.

Acceptable academic program combinations are determined at the college level. A major and a minor or a major and certificate or two majors (if available) may not be elected in the same department or program, except in the approved combinations listed here.

College Credits. Earn at least 90 credits in courses offered by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.A.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); foreign language competency at the 102 level.  Foreign language competency may be met in one of two ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the foreign language placement test that qualifies the student to enter the 201-level course in a foreign language.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in a 102-level foreign language course (or AIS 112 or AIS 122 / LANG 122 or CSD 103).

Bachelor of Science Degree in the College of Arts and Sciences (B.S.)

Fulfillment of all University Graduation Requirements (which includes the Liberal Education Core); all College-level degree requirements (major and minor/certificate emphases, GPAs, earning at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences course work); mathematics competency at the MATH 111, MATH 112 or MATH 113 level.  Mathematics competency can be met in one of three ways:  (1) Achieve a score on the mathematics placement test that qualifies the student to enter MATH 114.  (2) Earn a grade of at least C (not C-) or a mark of S in MATH 111, MATH 112, or MATH 113.  (3) Achieve a satisfactory score on the MATH 112 competency test.  This test may be attempted no more than two times.

Major Requirements

Liberal Arts (Code 430-001)

Advisors: J. Spraitz (Criminal Justice), M. Hsieh (Criminal Justice), J. Patchin (Criminal Justice).

The multidisciplinary criminal justice curriculum is designed to familiarize the student with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system. The study of criminal justice focuses upon the structure and functions of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. Included is the analysis of the political, social, cultural, philosophical, and psychological forces that shape the policies, programs, and practices in the system. The liberal arts orientation of the program prepares the student for graduate-level work in criminal justice, law, and for careers at the local, state, and federal levels in law enforcement, corrections, and court related agencies.

Sixty semester credits, including:
Prerequisite Courses (12 credits)
CRMJ 103Survey of the Criminal Justice System3
POLS 110American National Politics3
PSYC 100Introduction to Psychology3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
Criminal Justice Core Courses (Minimum 27 credits)
CRMJ 280Criminal Justice Research Methods3
CRMJ 301Criminology Theory3
CRMJ 302Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice3
CRMJ 303Crime Prevention3
CRMJ 319Police in Society3
CRMJ 342Confinement and Corrections3
POLS 301State and Local Politics3
POLS 405U.S. Constitutional Principles - Due Process and Criminal Law3
Select one of the following:3-4
Statistical Methods in Psychology I
Sociological Data Analysis
Elementary Statistics
Other Required Courses (21 credits)
Law, Constitution, Policy Area:
Minimum of six credits from the following:6
Anthropology of Law
Ethical Reasoning
Philosophy of Law
Survey of U.S. Constitutional Principles
Judicial Politics
Public Administration
Public Policy in the United States
U.S. Constitutional Principles - Powers of Government
U.S. Constitutional Principles - Civil Liberties
U.S. Constitutional Principles - Equality and Privacy
Introduction to Social Welfare
Social Welfare Policies and Programs
Individual, Social, Political Behavior Area:
Minimum of six credits from the following:6
Women and Criminal Justice
Teen Technology Misuse
Political Violence
Group and Minority Politics
Afro-American Politics
Social Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Child Psychology
Psychology of Adolescence
Community-based Corrections
Child Welfare
Social Work in Mental Health Settings
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Sociology of Family
The Individual in Society
Sociological Research Methods
Sociology of Deviance
Criminal Justice Intervention and Application Area:
Criminal Justice Internship
Theories of Counseling
Positive Psychology
Ethics in Psychology
Introduction to Behavior Modification
Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Skills Area:
Maximum of six credits from the following:
Gender, Race, Class, and Communication: The Social Construction of Identity
Introduction to Interpersonal Communication
Fundamentals of Speech
Intercultural Communication
Cartographic Design
Geographic Information Systems I
Logic and Critical Thinking
The following courses will be applied to a specific elective category based on the content:
Special Topics
Directed Studies
Student Academic Apprenticeship in Criminal Justice
Independent Study - Juniors
Special Topics
Independent Study - Seniors

Criminal Justice Honors Program

  1. Goals
    1. To provide an enriched educational experience for subsequent graduate study, professional activity, public life, or citizenship.
    2. To encourage concentrated study in selected areas in the field of criminal justice.
    3. To stimulate and challenge exceptional students to gain a better understanding of the issues, substantive content, research and theory in criminal justice.
    4. To develop capabilities for independent thought and constructive criticism.
  2. Entrance Requirements
    1. Eligibility: Upper-class majors with resident and total GPAs of 3.50 and resident and total GPAs of 3.50 in criminal justice major courses.
    2. Applications for the Honors Program should be made in writing to the Criminal Justice Program Coordinating Committee early in the junior year.
  3. Graduation from the University with Honors in Criminal Justice requires maintaining resident and total GPAs of 3.50 in criminal justice major courses, and satisfactory completion of all of the following:
    1. Criminal justice major requirements.
    2. Six credits of independent study, approved by the student’s honors committee.
    3. An honors examination.
    4. An honors research paper.