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Criminal Justice Certificate Program

Requirements for Students Who Enrolled in the Certificate Program before Fall Semester 2013
Requirements for Students Who Enrolled in the Certificate Program in Fall Semester 2013 or Later

Director: Professor Michael Massoglia

Undergraduate advisor: Carolyn Lesch and Martine Delannay, 8137 and 8139 William H. Sewell Social Science Building, 608-262-4360; cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu

Website: www.ssc.wisc.edu/clsj/cjcphome.html (advisor walk-in hours are posted on the site)

The Criminal Justice Certificate Program includes an interdisciplinary sequence of classes and an internship, for students interested in the American criminal and juvenile justice systems. Certificate students select courses from the Legal Studies Program and the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Psychology, Gender and Women's Studies, Anthropology, History, Human Development and Family Studies, Rehabilitation Psychology, Integrated Liberal Studies, and Counseling Psychology. Students gain a broad understanding of the philosophy, theories, and operation of the adult and juvenile justice systems.

Any undergraduate regardless of major or college affiliation may earn a certificate. Students interested in earning a certificate in criminal justice must declare the certificate with the criminal justice advisor. Students are encouraged to declare the certificate as early as possible within their college careers. Group 6 Field work/Internship Seminar requires prerequisite courses and availability may be limited. The internship courses are in high demand and enrollment may be determined by the date of declaration in the certificate program.

To earn a criminal justice certificate, a student must complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree, requirements of the declared major(s), and graduate from UW–Madison. In addition, students must take all required certificate courses for a letter grade versus pass/fail and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 for courses counting toward the certificate.. It is not necessary to take classes in any particular sequence; however, individual courses may have prerequisites.

Requirements for Students Who Enrolled in the Certificate Program in Fall Semester 2013 or Later

The certificate requires a minimum of seven courses. The courses must be distributed as follows:

  • one course from each of the six defined Groups.
  • one additional course from Group 3 or Group 4

Group 1—Criminal Justice System

Legal St/Soc 131 Criminal Justice in America, 3–4 cr

Group 2—Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

Soc 441 Criminology, 3–4 cr
Soc 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior, 3–4 cr
Soc 446 Juvenile Delinquency, 3–4 cr
Psych 411 Topics: Psychology of Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr (psychology majors only)*
Psych 411 Topics: Psychology of Criminal Behavior, 3 cr (psychology majors only)*
Psych 411 Topics: Psychopathy and Other Syndromes of Disinhibition, 3 cr (psychology majors only)*
Psych 526/586 The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives, 3 cr
Soc Work 664 Topics: SW with Troubled and Delinquent Youth, 3 cr*

Group 3—Crime and Justice/Operations of the Justice System

History/Legal St 426 History of Punishment, 3 cr
Legal St 400 American Juvenile Justice System Comparative Perspective, 3 cr*
Legal St 400 Comparative Criminal Justice, 3 cr*
Legal St 400 Surveillance, Privacy, and Police Powers, 3 cr*
Poli Sci 452 Criminal Law and Justice, 3–4 cr
Poli Sci 695 Topics Criminal Law and Jurisprudence, 3 cr*
Psych 411 Topics Legal Psychology Criminal and Civil Issues (psych majors only), 3 cr*

Group 4—Broader Psycho/Socio/Economic Processes Related to Criminal Justice

Anthro 448 Anthropology of Law, 3–4 cr
History 223 The European Underworld, 1800–2000: A Social and Cultural History, 3 cr
History/Legal St 459 Rule of Law, 3 cr
HDFS 474 Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S., 3 cr
ILS Topics 275 Justice and Equity in America, 3 cr*
Legal St 409 Human Rights in Law and Society, 3 cr
Legal St/Gen&WS 422 Women and the Law, 3 cr
Legal St/Soc 641 Sociology of Law, 3–4 cr
Poli Sci 412 Constitutional Law, 3–4 cr
Poli Sci 695 Topics Race and Politics in the United States, 3 cr*
Psych 509 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr
Psych 512 Behavioral Pathology–Psychoses, 3 cr
Soc 577 Blacks in Cities, 3 cr
Soc 620 Comparative Racial Inequality, 3 cr
Soc 633 Social Stratification, 3 cr
Soc Work 420 Poverty and Social Welfare, 3 cr
Soc Work 453 Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse, 3 cr
Soc Work 523 Family Violence, 3 cr (social work/welfare majors only)
Soc Work 646 Child Abuse and Neglect, 3 cr (social work/welfare majors only)

Group 5—Ethnography–Internship Prep

Coun Psy 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing, 3 cr (School of Education)
Legal St 400 Foundations of Field Education, 3 cr*
Soc Work 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups, 3 cr (social work majors only)

Group 6—Fieldwork/Internship Seminar

Legal St/Soc 694 and Soc Work 663 Criminal Justice Field Internship, 3 cr [summer—30 hrs/wk for 10 weeks; prereqs: Groups 1, 2, 3 and Legal St 400 Foundations of Field Education, and 86 credits by the beginning of the summer] [fall and spring—12 hrs/wk for 15 weeks; prereqs: Group 1 complete, Groups 2, 3, and Coun Psy 650 complete or in progress by the beginning of the internship semester]
Gen&WS 660 Internship in Gender and Women’s Studies**, 6 cr (GWS major and certificate students only)
HDFS 601 Internship**, 3–6 cr (HDFS majors only)
Poli Sci 427 Legislative Internship**, 3 cr (prereq 3.0 GPA (political science majors only)
Psych 412 Field Experience in Psychology**, 3 cr (psychology majors only)
RP&SE 630 Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Education**, 3–6 cr (RP&SE majors only)
Soc Work 400/401 Field Practice and Integrative Seminars**, 10 cr (social work majors only)

*Topics course. Credit granted only for topics listed.

**Must be a criminal/juvenile-justice-oriented internship; student must receive approval of placement from a criminal justice advisor before enrolling in the course.


This page was updated 9/27/13.