The University of Wisconsin-Madison has long been recognized as a center for interdisciplinary studies related to law and legal institutions. The Center for Law, Society, and Justice (CLSJ) is the organizational home for two undergraduate academic programs related to law, legal institutions and criminal justice.
The Legal Studies Program is an undergraduate major that provides a liberal arts education across traditional disciplines, focusing on law, legal processes, legal institutions, and how they operate in society.
The Criminal Justice Certificate Program is an undergraduate certificate program available to students from a variety of majors who wish to enhance their academic training related to the criminal justice system. The Program consists of a special sequence of courses and field work for students seeking to learn about the dynamics of criminal and juvenile justice systems.
The faculty teaching courses in both programs come from a wide variety of departments and schools including Sociology, Political Science, History, Social Work, Economics, Journalism and Mass Communication, Philosophy, Psychology, Gender and Women’s Studies, Communication Arts, Languages and Cultures of Asia, and Anthropology.