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Criminal Justice Certificate Program

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

Note: The information on this page is for students who enrolled in the certificate program before fall 2013. Students who enrolled in the program in fall 2013 or later should see this link.

Course Options

Director: Professor Howard S. Erlanger

Undergraduate advisor: Carolyn Lesch, 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 is an interdisciplinary sequence of classes including an internship for students interested in the American criminal and juvenile justice systems. Certificate students select courses from the departments of Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Psychology, Gender and Women's Studies, Statistics, and Communication Arts, as well as from the School of Education. Students gain a broad understanding of the philosophy, theories, and operation of the adult and juvenile justice systems.

A certificate may be earned by any undergraduate regardless of major or college affiliation. 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 VII Field Work requires prerequisite courses and availability may be limited. The internship is in high demand and enrollment may be determined by the date of declaration in the certificate program.

Many of the course choices also satisfy requirements for various majors; with advanced planning, many students are able to complete the criminal justice program with little or no additional course work.

Course Options

Certificate students must fulfill all requirements for an established major and the course requirements listed below. Students must complete one course from each of the following groups (unless otherwise noted); classes need not be taken in order.

Group I—Criminal Justice System

Legal Studies/Sociology 131 Criminal Justice in America, 3-4 cr

Group II—Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

Sociology 441 Criminology, 3-4 cr
*Psychology 311 Topics: Inside the Criminal Mind, 3 cr
*Psychology 411 Topics: Psychology of Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr (Psychology majors only)
Sociology 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior [not currently offered, will accept as transfer]
Sociology 446 Juvenile Delinquency [not currently offered, will accept as transfer]

Group III—Alcohol and Drug Use

Soc Work 453 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, 3 cr

Group IV—Law and Justice Processes

Political Science 411/412 Constitutional Law, 8 cr (requires completion of both courses)
Political Science 417 American Judicial System, 3-4 cr
Political Science 452 Criminal Law and Justice, 3-4 cr
Political Science 471 Civil Liberties in the United States, 4 cr
*Psychology 411 Topics: Legal Psychology: Criminal and Civil Issues (Psychology majors only)
Psychology 509 Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr
Legal Studies/Sociology 641 Sociology and Law, 3 cr
*Gender and Women's Studies 422 Women and the Law, 3 cr

Note: Relevant departmental topics courses are often accepted within this group. Please consult the course offerings Web site or the advisor for more information.

Group V—Statistical Methods

Political Science 551 Quantitative Analysis of Political Data, 3-4 cr
Psychology 210 Psychometric Methods, 3 cr
Sociology 358-359 Design and Analysis of Social Research, 6-7 cr
Sociology 360 Statistics for Sociologists, 4 cr
Statistics 301 Introduction to Statistical Methods, 3 cr

Group VI—Interviewing and Communication

Counseling Psychology 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing, 3 cr (School of Ed)
Social Work 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (Soc Work major only)

Group VII—Field Work

Legal Studies/Sociology 694 & Social Work 663 Criminal Justice Field Observation, 3 cr (summer only)
Political Science 427 Legislative Internship**, 4 cr
Rehabilitation Psychology & Special Education 630 Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Education**, 3-6 cr (School of Education)
Social Work 400/401 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I II**, 10 cr (Social Work majors only)
Human Development & Family Studies 601 Internship**, 3-6 cr (School of Human Ecology)

*Topics course. Credit granted only for topics listed.

**Must be a criminal/juvenile justice oriented internship; student must see the criminal justice advisor before enrolling in the course.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all certificate courses, complete requirements for a major, and graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to receive a certificate.

Courses counting toward completion of the certificate may not be taken as pass/fail.

Not all courses in the certificate curriculum are offered every year. Students need to consult with the program advisor to keep apprised of course offerings.


This page was replaced 9/27/13.