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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. Field work/internship seminar courses require 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. It is not necessary to take classes in any particular sequence; however, individual courses may have prerequisites.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

The certificate requires a minimum of seven courses and 21 credits. The courses must be distributed as follows:

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

GROUP 1—CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

LEGAL ST/​SOC  131 Criminal Justice in America3-4

GROUP 2—THEORIES OF CRIME AND DEVIANT BEHAVIOR

SOC 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior3-4
SOC 441 Criminology3-4
SOC 446 Juvenile Delinquency3-4
PSYCH 601 Current Topics in Psychology (Psychology of Juvenile Delinquency (psychology majors only)) 13
PSYCH 601 Current Topics in Psychology (Psychopathy and Other Syndromes of Disinhibition (psychology majors only)) 13
PSYCH 501 Depth Topic (Child Psychopathology)4
PSYCH 526 The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives4
or PSYCH 586 Honors seminar: The Criminal Mind: Forensic and Psychobiological Perspectives
SOC WORK 643 Social Work and Delinquency2-3
SOC WORK 664 Topics in Contemporary Social Welfare (Delinquent) 12-3
1

Topics course. Credit granted only for topics listed. 

GROUP 3—CRIME AND JUSTICE/OPERATIONS OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM

HISTORY/LEGAL ST 426 The History of Punishment3-4
LEGAL ST 400 Topics in Legal Studies and the Social Sciences (Civil Rights) 13-4
LEGAL ST 400 Topics in Legal Studies and the Social Sciences (Gender, Crime & Justice) 13-4
LEGAL ST/​L I S  460 Surveillance, Privacy, and Police Powers3
POLI SCI 314 Criminal Law and Justice3-4
PSYCH 311 Issues in Psychology (Psychology, Law, and Social Policies)1-4
PSYCH 601 Current Topics in Psychology (Legal Psychology Criminal and Civil Issues (psych majors only)) 13
1

Topics course. Credit granted only for topics listed. 

GROUP 4—BROADER PSYCHO/SOCIO/ECONOMIC PROCESSES RELATED TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

AFROAMER/​GEN&WS  625 Gender, Race and the Civil Rights Movement3
ANTHRO 448 Anthropology of Law3
BOTANY 575 Special Topics (Forensic Botany)1-3
HISTORY/LEGAL ST 459 Rule of Law: Philosophical and Historical Models3-4
HDFS 474 Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.3
ILS 275 Special Topics in Integrated Liberal Studies (Justice and Equity in America) 13
LEGAL ST 400 Topics in Legal Studies and the Social Sciences (Race and Law) 13-4
LEGAL ST 409 Human Rights in Law and Society3
LEGAL ST/GEN&WS 422 Women and the Law3
LEGAL ST 444 Law in Action3
LEGAL ST/SOC 641 Sociology of Law3-4
POLI SCI 412 The American Constitution: Rights and Civil Liberties4
PSYCH 405 Abnormal Psychology3-4
PSYCH 512 Behavior Pathology-Psychoses3
SOC/​AMER IND/​C&E SOC  578 Poverty and Place3
SOC 620 Comparative Racial Inequality3
SOC 633 Social Stratification3
SOC WORK 420 Poverty and Social Welfare3
SOC WORK 453 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse2-4
SOC WORK 462 Child Welfare3
SOC WORK 523 Family Violence3
SOC WORK 646 Child Abuse and Neglect2-3
SOC WORK 674 Topics in Contemporary Social Welfare2-3
1

Topics course. Credit granted only for topics listed. 

GROUP 5—ETHNOGRAPHY–INTERNSHIP PREP

COUN PSY 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing3
LEGAL ST 405 Foundations of Field Education2
SOC WORK 441 Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families and Groups (social work majors only)1-3

GROUP 6—FIELDWORK/INTERNSHIP SEMINAR

LEGAL ST/​SOC  694
SOC WORK 663
Criminal Justice Field Observation
and Topics in Contemporary Social Welfare 1
4-6
GEN&WS 660 Internship in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS major and certificate students only) 26
HDFS 601 Internship (HDFS majors only) 21-8
POLI SCI 315 Legislative Internship 23
POLI SCI 402 Wisconsin in Washington Internship Course 24
PSYCH 412 Field Experience in Psychology (psychology majors only) 23
RP & SE 630 Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Education (RP&Ed majors only) 22-6
SOC WORK 400
SOC WORK 401
Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I
and Field Practice and Integrative Seminar II (social work majors only) 2
4-12
1

Summer—30 hrs/wk for 10 weeks; prereqs: Groups 1, 2, 3 & LEGAL ST 405 Foundations of Field Education, and 86 credits by the beginning of the summer.

Spring—12 hrs/wk for 15 weeks; prereqs: Group 1 complete, Groups 2, 3, & COUN PSY 650 Theory and Practice in Interviewing complete or in progress by the beginning of the internship semester.

2

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

RESIDENCE AND QUALITY OF WORK

​11 credits counting for the certificate, taken in residence

​A cumulative 2.000 GPA in all courses counting for the certificate

ADVISING

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS

Carolyn Lesch, Room 8139, Sewell Social Sciences Building
Carolyn's appointment calendar

Martine Delannay, Room 8137, Sewell Social Sciences Building
Martine's appointment calendar

ADVISOR EMAIL

cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu

Current and future UW students with a Net ID use the links above to make an appointment. All others may send an email request to cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu.

CAREERS

CJCP graduates have secured jobs in police departments, district attorneys' offices, public defenders' offices, juvenile group homes, adult halfway houses, public schools, and prisons. They have been involved in restitution programs, deferred prosecution alternatives, victim–witness projects, and home detention/electronic monitoring experiments. The options are numerous and interesting. Many CJCP students pursue a degree in law or attend graduate school in a related field.

Letters & Science Career Services provides students with a wide range of career-related services.

All students complete an intensive internship with an agency or organization related to the criminal and juvenile justice fields. Involvement in the CJCP provides a solid educational foundation in criminal justice. It introduces students to basic concepts about our justice system and the individuals it serves. It encourages exploration of critical issues facing the system today and fosters investigation into realistic solutions.