http://www.uwplatt.edu/cj

Department Chair: Staci Strobl
Office: 1174 Ullsvik Hall
Phone: 608.342.7664
E-mail: stroblst@uwplatt.edu

Mission Statement

The faculty of the UW-Platteville Department of Criminal Justice recognizes its mission as three-fold. First and foremost, the department is dedicated to providing its majors with the best possible education in criminal justice by providing them with a critical understanding of the total system of criminal justice and the society in which it functions. At the same time, as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Education, we are committed to preparing our students to move successfully into criminal justice careers or post-graduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware and culturally sensitive men and women.

Second, the department is dedicated to providing students throughout the university with opportunities to examine critically the broad questions of how justice is administered in American society and to confront firsthand the fundamental issues of criminal justice which they will face as involved citizens.

Finally, the department is dedicated to providing the expertise of its faculty as a resource to assist criminal justice and social service agencies in the realms of applied research, policy development, training, and planned change to meet the social and technological challenges of the 21st century.

Objectives

Educational Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Graduates of the criminal justice program should:

  1. exhibit an understanding of fundamental concepts related to the interrelationship of various components within the criminal justice system (i.e., law enforcement, courts, and corrections)
  2. apply criminological theories in explaining criminal behavior and the criminal justice process
  3. demonstrate their ability to formulate a problem/topic, assemble relevant research and resources, and synthesize the data in a manner to constitute a formal proposal or research paper
  4. analyze and evaluate social, cultural, and technological change and its impact on the criminal justice system
  5. understand, analyze, and critically evaluate social research
  6. display a working knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research methods
  7. demonstrate in-depth knowledge of substantive areas within the discipline of criminal justice
  8. apply their knowledge toward further study and careers

About the Department and Majors

The major in criminal justice provides a basic understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions. The first 60 credits are composed primarily of general education courses to develop a broad educational background, along with the first three core criminal justice courses. After completion of 60 credits, in-depth knowledge can be obtained by careful selection of courses in policing, corrections, criminological theory, law, forensic investigation, AODA counseling, and private security.

The forensic investigation major provides a thorough practical and theoretical study to the application of science within the investigative process. Students will explore the role that science plays in recognizing, documenting, collecting, and preserving physical evidence at crime scenes, and how this evidence is evaluated within a courtroom setting.

The UW-Platteville Criminal Justice Department has received national recognition for the superior quality of its internship programs. As a result, participation in internship programs is competitive. The criminal justice department reserves the right to refuse a student an internship if the department decides that the student is not a suitable candidate on the basis of scholarship, verbal ability, or character. To be eligible for internship, the student must have earned at least 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, a 2.25 G.P.A., and a passing score on the department’s writing certification requirement.

The UW-Platteville Departments of Chemistry and Engineering Physics, Biology and Criminal Justice cooperate in preparing students interested in becoming crime laboratory analysts.

In cooperation with the UW-Platteville Department of Psychology and the Counseling Psychology Graduate Program, undergraduate criminal justice majors can obtain AODA (alcohol and other drug abuse) certification.

The UW-Platteville Departments of Criminal Justice and Psychology also cooperate in the social work certification process.

General Requirements

Bachelor of Science Degree

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies36

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Total for graduation120
General education44-58
Major studies36
Bachelor of Arts supplement4-6

Bachelor of Arts supplement

Students must choose one of two options.

Option One

Required Courses
Select 6 credits of the following, 3 credits per discipline:6
Origins of Western Philosophy
Philosophy in the Modern World
Ethics
Philosophy of Law
American Literature Through the Civil War
American Literature Since the Civil War
ENGLISH ####
Any English course from 3140 through 3760
HISTORY ####
Any history course from 3120 through 3430
Total Credits6

Option Two

Required Courses
Select one of the following:4
Intermediate French
Intermediate German
Intermediate Spanish
Total Credits4

Majors

 Subjects in this department include: Criminal Justice (CRIMLJUS) and Forensic Investigation (FORENSIC)

Criminal Justice (CRIMLJUS)

CRIMLJUS 1130 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 Credits

A survey of the administration of Criminal justice, including the structural components of the criminal justice system and the stages of the criminal process from the detection of crime and arrest through prosecution, adjudication, sentencing and correctional intervention; emphasis upon analysis of decisions and practices within the context of the entire criminal justice system.
Components: Class
GE: Social Sciences
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 2130 Foundations of Policing 3 Credits

The roles and functions of police in a democratic society, including their responsibilities for peacekeeping, law enforcement and service; the police as part of the criminal justice system and as agents of municipal government; models and styles of police behavior.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 2230 Foundations of Corrections 3 Credits

The theories, philosophies and practices of corrections; sentencing structures and their relationship to correctional objectives; the modes of correctional intervention.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 2340 U S Courts and the Criminal Justice System 3 Credits

A detailed study of the adversarial system in the United States examining the history, tradition and philosophy underlying the system of justice as it is played out in the criminal courts, as well as administrative and civil courts.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Spring

CRIMLJUS 2630 Private Security Operations 3 Credits

A survey of the physical, personnel and informational aspects of the security field; concept of physical information and personnel security systems integrated with management systems; controls in regard to private, public and government owned complexes.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

CRIMLJUS 2830 Ethnicity, Race and Crime 3 Credits

A study of the correlation between ethnicity, race, crime and criminality in the United States. This course explores the interrelatedness of ethnicity, race, criminal law, and the sanctioning of criminal behavior in the United States.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: ETHNSTDY 2830
GE: Ethnic Studies
Prereqs/Coreqs: sophomore standing to enroll in this class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 2930 Foundations of Interviewing 3 Credits

Examination of the principles of effective interviewing as applied to investigative reporting, research, persuasion, counseling, employment, and the investigation of crime. The latter part of this course will pay particular attention to the theory and practice of interviewing and interrogation as applied to gaining information from complainants, witnesses, victims, informants, and suspects.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 and CRIMLJUS 2130
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3040 Police Ethics 3 Credits

This course will focus on the ethical dilemmas and issues affecting policing. The course will address the philosophical styles of policing and the decision making process commonly used by police officers. Emphasis will placed on the societal effect of unethical police behavior and ways to detect and prevent these behaviors.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3130 Criminal Investigation 3 Credits

An introduction to the principles and procedures of criminal investigation, including the identification of physical and testimonial evidence, creation of hypotheses for the development of leads and documentation of findings.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing or junior standing and a Forensic Investigation Major
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3230 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3 Credits

Cultural bases of laws, development of laws, conceptions of justice and patterns of crime; comparison of American justice systems with other Western and Asian justice systems.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better in each and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

CRIMLJUS 3330 Police Administration 3 Credits

Principles of police administration and organization; detailed analysis of police administration such as budgeting, personnel management, implementation of programs toward fulfillment of objectives and decision making.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3430 Criminology 3 Credits

The legal and behavioral classification of crimes and criminals based on analysis of the criminal career of the offender, group support of the behavior, societys reaction and the response of the legal system; analysis of crimes as systems of behavior: property, violent, professional organized, victimless, white-collar, conventional and political crime.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better in each and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3530 Correctional Institutions 3 Credits

History, development and functions of correctional institutions including prisons and jails; their custodial and correctional programs; the impact of incarceration upon inmates; the interactional structure of the prison environment; improving conditions and correctional programs.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall

CRIMLJUS 3630 Juvenile Justice 3 Credits

Conceptions of juvenile delinquency; the juvenile offender in the juvenile justice system; the philosophy, structure and function of juvenile courts; legal rights of accused juveniles, correctional theories, and programs in juvenile institutions; methods and models of rehabilitating juvenile offenders and prevention of juvenile delinquency.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 3730 Women and the Law 3 Credits

A study of women in their legal roles as wives and mothers, workers and students, criminals and victims of crime. The course examines how the law affects womens personal choices regarding marriage, having children, and aiming for high-level achievements in education and in work. Also examines ways in which law affects women in poverty and in old age.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: WOMGENDR 3730
GE: Gender Studies, Social Sciences
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 or one course in womens studies and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3830 Crime Prevention 3 Credits

An investigation of the prevention of crime utilizing changes in both the physical and social environment of the community.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

CRIMLJUS 3900 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 3 Credits

An introduction to research methods in criminal justice and criminology, with applications to both pure and applied research. The course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting criminal justice research as well as designing, conducting, and evaluating research projects.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 and CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better in each, MATH 1830 and junior standing or a Forensic Investigation major, MATH 1830 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 3930 Law of Corrections 3 Credits

The law pertaining to the effects and consequences of conviction, sentencing and prisoner rights; the legal process in terms of post-trial motions and appeals of conviction.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

CRIMLJUS 4030 Criminal Law 3 Credits

A study of the principles, doctrines and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMJUS 2130 and CRIMJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better in each and junior standing; a forensic investigation major, CRIMLJUS 2130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 4130 Police-Community Relations 3 Credits

Analysis of the interdependence of the police and community in maintaining order and controlling crime; theories of community and the communitys role in the development of police systems; tension and conflict in police-community interaction; programs and strategies for improving the quality of police-community relations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2130 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

CRIMLJUS 4230 Community-Based Corrections 3 Credits

Community-based correctional programs; pre- and post-trial; a critical investigation of theories, practices and problems involved in pre-trial diversion, probation and parole.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 2230 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

CRIMLJUS 4330 Criminal Procedure and Evidence 3 Credits

A study of case law defining constitutional constraints on police behavior in the areas of arrest, search and seizure, interrogation, identification and investigation; rules on the exclusion of illegally seized evidence.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 4430 Issues in Criminal Justice Planning and Management 3 Credits

Problems confronting American criminal justice in the areas of criminal law, courts, law enforcement and corrections; models and alternatives for reforming the criminal justice process including program planning, development and management.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Occasional

CRIMLJUS 4500 Directed Individual Studies 1-3 Credits

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student with staff approval.
Components: Independent Study
Cross Offering: FORENSIC 4500
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 4530 Social Welfare Policy 3 Credits

This course provides a basic conceptual framework for understanding and interpreting historical and contemporary social welfare policy proposals, methods, and alternatives to existing policies and programs such as those that impact at-risk and diverse populations.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better or PSYCHLGY 1130 with a "C-" or better or SOCIOLGY 1030 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

CRIMLJUS 4540 Social Work Practice with Communities, Organizations and Social Institutions 3 Credits

This course will prepare students to engage with, assess, intervene with, and evaluate social work organizations and communities. The purpose of this course is to address social work practices with communities, organizations and social institutions. The National Association of Social Workers (NSAW) Code of ethics and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) standards for cultural competence in social work practices will provide the guiding principles for social work values and ethics. This course includes an analysis of social work theories and principles, their application to organizational, communal, and institutional settings, and specific techniques and methods appropriate to community organizing and development.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall

CRIMLJUS 4630 Current Topics In Criminal Justice 1-3 Credits

Current issues in criminal justice which may not warrant a permanent course. Course content will be announced each time the course is presented.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130 with a "C-" or better
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

CRIMLJUS 4730 Honors in Criminal Justice Research 2-4 Credits

The practical application of research to the criminal justice field. The student will design a complete research project within the framework of a tutorial relationship with a member of the criminal justice faculty.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall

CRIMLJUS 4830 Victimology and Restorative Justice 3 Credits

This course focuses on the study of crime victims to include the nature, extent, and causes of crime. Emphasis will be placed on examining the principles and concepts of victimology, victimization patterns and trends, and theoretical responses to criminal victimization. Philosophies and principles of Restorative Justice will also be explored to include an analysis of the key player¿s roles- offender, victim, state, and community. Several restorative justice initiatives will be analyze. Students will participate in a restorative justice with a criminal justice organization.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: All

CRIMLJUS 4840 Substance Abuse I: Theory and Assessment 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of basic psychopharmacology, recreational drug use, substance abuse, and dependency. Included in this approach will be coverage of addiction theory, prevention, and assessment. Particular attention will be paid to risk and protective factors associated with abuse and dependency.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: PSYCHLGY 4840
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 1130, PSYCHLGY 1130 or SOCIOLGY 1030 and junior standing; a biology course is recommended
Typically Offered: Fall

CRIMLJUS 4850 Substance Abuse II: Intervention and Special Populations 3 Credits

This course is designed to provide an overview of the fundamental theories, principles, and techniques of substance abuse counseling. In addition to gaining theoretical knowledge of recognized substance abuse counseling interventions, students will also practice these intervention skills in class. Issues related to case management will be covered including treatment planning, goal setting, continual assessment, referral, record management, and written documentation. Particular attention will be paid to addressing the application of these interventions and case management procedures to culturally diverse special populations. Ethical issues related to substance use and professional responsibility will also be discussed.
Components: Class
Cross Offering: PSYCHLGY 4850
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: PSYCHLGY 4840 or CRIMLJUS 4840
Typically Offered: Spring

CRIMLJUS 4880 Internship 8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a governmental or private agency, emphasis place on integration of criminal justice theory and practice through field observations, practical experience, and extensive report writing, including submission of daily reports, administrative reports, and case reports.
Components: Field Studies
Cross Offering: FORENSIC 4880
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

CRIMLJUS 4930 Criminal Justice Seminar 3 Credits

Discussion and evaluation of problems in the contemporary criminal justice system; individual research and presentation of findings.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better, senior standing and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

Forensic Investigations (FORENSIC)

FORENSIC 1320 Introduction to Crime Scene Investigation 3 Credits

This course delves into various types of technology, techniques and equipment used in crime laboratories, and various types of technology, techniques and equipment used by crime scene technicians at a crime scene. Course also provides an overview for the career of crime scene technicians.
Components: Class
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 2320 Fingerprint Classification and Development 3 Credits

This course delves into the theoretical and practical applications of fingerprint identification. Course involves developing latent prints from numerous sources in a laboratory setting and at a crime scene. Course also includes rolling fingerprints and fingerprint comparison using automated fingerprint identification systems. Students learn to examine and classify latent prints using the henry alpha - numeric classification system.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 2420 Evidence Collection and Preservation 2 Credits

This course covers the methodology associated with the collection and preservation of physical evidence such as hair, fibers, fingerprints, footwear impressions, and blood and biological samples at crime scenes. Chain of custody procedures, recording evidence submissions and managing and maintaining evidence collection storage facilities will also be covered. The course will adhere to a step-by-step training associated with the most current version of the Wisconsin Department of Justice Evidence Collection Handbook, (8th Ed).
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Spring

FORENSIC 2620 Investigative Photography 3 Credits

Investigative Photography is a course designed to familiarize students with the fundamentals of photography and its application to the science and technology of criminal investigation. Students will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to record and document, collect, protect and defend the credibility of evidence with the use of photography.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 3040 Crime Scene Processing Techniques 4 Credits

Crime Scene Processing Techniques is a course crafted to familiarize the student with the methodologies and techniques associated with scientific crime scene processing. The student will be expected to achieve a basic knowledge of how to document, collect, preserve, and defend the credibility of evidence. The student will take part in lecture and laboratory components to ensure theoretical understanding and technical application of the material presented.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 2620
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 3140 Criminalistics 5 Credits

The function and techniques of the application of scientific methods to the evaluation of physical evidence. The course examines the various analytical systems used in the evaluation of physical evidence with a balance between the theoretical framework and practical application in the laboratory.
Components: Laboratory, Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 1320 and FORENSIC 2420 and FORENSIC 3040 with "C-" or better in all and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

FORENSIC 4020 Courtroom Testimony and Evidence 3 Credits

This course is intended to give the criminal justice student a fundamental understanding of the trial process including, inter alia, working with the prosecutor, establishing the chain-of-custody of evidence, qualifying as an expert, and legal requirements for specific forensic evidence. Although not a pre-law course, this course will provide the student with a working knowledge of the intricacies of trial-related issues of concern to investigators, police officers, and forensic examiners.
Components: Class
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: Forensic Investigation major or minor or Criminal Justice major or minor and junior standing
Typically Offered: Spring

FORENSIC 4500 Directed Individual Studies 1-3 Credits

Supervised individual study of a topic selected by the student with staff approval.
Components: Independent Study
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4500
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 3140 with a "C-" or better, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and junior standing
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 4620 Current Topics in Forensic Investigation 1-3 Credits

Current issues in forensic investigation that may not warrant a permanent course. Course content will be announced each time the course is presented.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: junior standing or consent of instructor
Typically Offered: Occasional

FORENSIC 4720 Honors Research in Forensic Investigation 2-4 Credits

The practical application of research to the forensic investigation field. The student will design a complete research project within the framework of a tutorial relationship with a member of the forensic investigation or criminal justice faculty.
Components: Independent Study
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: FORENSIC 3140 with a "C-" or better and junior standing
Typically Offered: Occasional

FORENSIC 4880 Internship 8 Credits

Enhancement of the educational experience through placement of a student with a governmental or private agency, emphasis place on integration of criminal justice theory and practice through field observations, practical experience, and extensive report writing, including submission of daily reports, administrative reports, and case reports.
Components: Field Studies
Cross Offering: CRIMLJUS 4880
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: 60 credits plus 12 upper division criminal justice/forensic investigation credits, an accumulated GPA of 2.50 and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring/Summer

FORENSIC 4920 Forensic Investigation Seminar 3 Credits

Discussion and evaluation of problems in the contemporary criminal justice system; individual research and presentation of findings.
Components: Seminar
Prereqs/Coreqs: P: CRIMLJUS 4030 with a "C-" or better, senior standing and have passed the departments writing certification requirement
Typically Offered: Fall/Spring

Faculty and lecturers

Additional information about the Faculty and Lecturers below may be found in the Faculty and Academic Staff section of this catalog.

Banachowski-Fuller, Cheryl A.

Burton, Sabina

Cline, Robin L.

Elmer, Steven R.

Gartner, Nancy

Lohmann, John

Michaels, Matt

Nemmetz, Amy

Rice, Deborah

Solar, Patrick

Strobl, Staci