University of Wisconsin–Madison

Criminal Justice Certificate Program

Program Overview

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Criminal Justice Certificate Program (CJCP) is a targeted selection of courses and field work for students wanting to learn about the dynamics of criminal and juvenile justice systems. Students who wish to enroll must see a Program Advisor at the Criminal Justice Office. At that time, in consultation with a program advisor, CJCP students select courses from a variety of academic departments to gain a broad understanding of the philosophy, theories, and operation of the adult and juvenile justice systems. Courses are derived from many departments, including Legal Studies, History, Sociology, Political Science, Social Work, Psychology, Statistics, Counseling Psychology, Communication Arts, Gender and Women’s Studies, and Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education.

CJCP studies focus on the causes of crime and delinquency, examine fundamental concepts underlying the practice of justice, and analyze the impact of crime on our society. The inner workings of criminal justice agencies are reviewed through an internship component and options for controlling crime are surveyed. Students are challenged to consider new ways of preventing and handling crime.

Studies are completed in tandem with a chosen major. Upon completion of all UW and college requirements and graduation, students are awarded an inscribed Certificate in Criminal Justice.

Program Requirement

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Courses

  • Spring 2018 Courses

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    Group 1: Criminal Justice System

    Legal St/Soc 131: Criminal Justice in America – 9:30-10:45 T/R + disc

    Group 2: Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

    Psychology 601 Topics: Psych of Juvenile Delinquency- 3cr- MoWe 9:00AM – 10:15AM (Psych Majors only)
    Psychology 526/586: The Criminal Mind: Forensic & Psychobio Perspect- 4cr- TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM- Disc
    Sociology 441: Criminology- 4cr- TuTh 2:30PM – 3:45PM – Disc

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

    Legal Studies 400: Wrongful Convictions- 3cr TuTh 2:30PM – 3:45PM
    Legal Studies 400: Civil Rights – 3cr MoWe 2:30PM-3:45PM
    Legal Studies 400/ChicLa 530/Soc 496: Race, Ethnicity & Justice- 3cr TuTh 1:00PM – 2:15PM
    Psych 601 Topic: Legal Psychology: Criminal and Civil Issues- 3cr Mo 2:25PM-4:55PM (Psych Majors only)
    Sociology 496-001: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy- 3cr – TuTh 9:30AM – 10:45AM

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

    AfroAmer 671 Criminalizing Blackiness: Race and Imprisonment – 3cr Th 2:25PM – 5:00PM
    Botany 575-004 Topics: Forensic Botany- 3 cr TuTh 1:20PM – 2:10PM
    Comp Lit 500-001 Topics: Guilt- 3cr TuTh 1:00PM – 2:15PM (Lit)
    Economics 390: Topics: Poverty, Inequality & Public Policy- 3cr – TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM
    Human Development & Family St 474: Racial Ethnic Families in U.S.- 3cr- multiple offerings (Ethnic St)
    Legal Studies 400/Chicla530/Soc 496 530-006 Topic: Immigration, Crime & Enforcemt- 3cr TuTh 4:00PM – 5:15PM
    Legal Studies 400-023 Topics: Impacts of Social & Legal Issues on Health- 3cr – We 3:30PM – 5:25PM (application required)
    Legal Studies/Gender & Women’s St 422: Women and the Law- 3cr TuTh 8:00AM – 9:15AM
    Legal Studies 444: Law in Action- 3cr- TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM
    Legal Studies 450-022 History of Forensic Science- 3cr TuTh 11:00AM – 12:15PM
    Political Science 412: The American Constitution II – 4 cr MoWe 4:00PM – 5:15 PM + disc
    Psychology 509: Abnormal Psychology- 3cr- TuTh 4:30PM – 5:45PM
    Social Work 420: Poverty and Social Welfare- 3cr Tu 10:00AM – 11:55AM
    Social Work 453 Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse- 3cr- TuTh 4:00PM – 5:15PM

    Group 5: Ethnography-Internship Prep

    Counseling Psychology 225: Coming to Terms with Diversity- 3 cr- (ethnic studies) [online]
    Counseling Psychology 650: Theory & Practice in Interviewing- 3cr- Tu 5:45PM – 7:00PM + lab
    Sociology 205: Intercultural Dialogues (application required)

    Group 6: Fieldwork/Internship Seminar- All Internships must be Criminal/Juvenile Justice Related

    Legal St/Soc 694/Social Work 663: Criminal Justice Field Observation- 3cr- Mo 9:30AM – 11:30AM (CJCP & LS students only- by application)

    Options: Courses below limited to majors in those programs. Internships must be criminal/juvenile justice related.

    Gender & Women’s St. 660: Internship in Gender & Women’s Studies- 6cr- We 1:20PM – 3:50PM
    Human Development & Family Studies 601: Internship- 3-8cr- multiple offerings
    Political Science:  Legislative Internship- 3cr- Mo 04:00-06:00p
    Psych 412: Field Experience in Psychology-3cr- Th 11:00AM – 12:30PM
    Rehab Psychology & Special Ed 630: Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Ed- 3-6cr- multiple offerings
    Social Work 401: Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I- 5cr- multiple offerings

  • Summer 2018 Courses

    Group 1 – Criminal Justice System

    Legal Studies/Soc 131: Criminal Justice in America- 3cr- 6/17-7/14,2018

    Group 2 – Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

    None

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

    Legal St/Gen&WS/Soc 467: Crime, Gender and Justice- 3cr (on line)
    Library & Info Studies Topics 341: Privacy, Surveillance & Security in Society- 3cr- 6/3-7/28, 2018 (on line)

    Group 4 – Broader Psycho/Socio/Economic Process Related to Criminal Justice

    HDFS 474: Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.- 3cr- 6/17-7/14, 2018 (Ethnic St) 

    Group 5 – Ethnography Internship Prep

    Counseling Psych 225: Coming to Terms with Diversity- 3 cr (Ethnic St) (on line)
    Counseling Psychology 650: Theory & Practice in Interviewing- 3cr- 5/28-6/16, 2018

    Group 6 – Fieldwork/Internship Seminar

    Legal St/Soc 694: Field Observation in Criminal Justice & Legal Studies- 3cr- (Application required)
    Options: Courses below limited to majors in those programs. Internships must be criminal/juvenile justice related.
    Human Development & Family St 601: Intern- 3-8cr- 6/17-8/11, 2018 (on line) Rehab Psychology & Special Ed 630: Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Ed- 3-6cr- multiple offerings

  • Fall 2018 Courses

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    Group 1: Criminal Justice System

    Legal Studies/Sociology 131: Criminal Justice in America- M/W 2:30-3:45 + disc

    Group 2: Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

    Counseling Psych 531: Prevention and Intervention in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (can count as either group 2, 4, or 5 – but not all. Email cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu to request dars exception)
    Sociology 441: Criminology- M/W 2:30-3:45 + disc
    Psychology 501: Child Psychopathology- M/W 2:30-3:45 + disc
    Psychology 526: The Criminal Mind: Forensic & Psychobiological Persp- T/R 11-12:15 + disc

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

    Philosphy 304: Philosophy & Criminal Punishment – M/W/F 11
    Political Science 314: Criminal Law & Justice- M/W 4-5:15
    Psych 401: Psychology, Law and Social Policies- M/W 4-5:15
    Sociology 496-001: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy- T/R 9:30-10:45
    Legal Studies 400: Neighborhoods, Crime and Punishment – 1-2:15 T/R
    Legal Studies/Soc/GWS 425: Crime, Gender and Justice – M/W 4-5:15

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

    Amer Ind/Sociology 578: Poverty and Place – T/R 1-2:15
    Chicla 530/Soc 496: Ethnicity, Race, and Justice – M/W 4-5:15
    Counseling Psych 531: Prevention and Intervention in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (can count as either group 2, 4, or 5 – but not all. Email cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu to request dars exception)
    Economics 390: Topics: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy – T/R 11-12:15
    Human Development & Family Studies 474: Racial Ethnic Families in the U.S.-  Multiple Lectures (ethnic st)
    ILS 275: Narratives: Justice and Equity in America – M/W 2:30-3:45
    ILS 372-002/Poli Sci 460: Interdis Studies: Guns and Society – M/W 4-4:50 + disc
    Legal Studies 400-022: Comparative Constitutional Law – M/W 2:30-3:45
    Legal Studies 400-023: Impacts of Social and Legal Issues on Health – W 4-5:30 (application required)
    Legal Studies 409: Human Rights in Law & Society – T/R 11-12:15
    Legal Studies 641: Sociology of Law – T/R 9:30-10:45
    Psychology 405: Abnormal Psychology- M/W 2:30-3:45
    Social Work 420: Poverty and Social Welfare – R 10-12
    Social Work 453: Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse- T/R 4-5:15
    Social Work 462: Child Welfare- T/R 8:15-9:45
    Social Work 523: Family Violence – R 3:30-5:25
    Social Work 646: Child Abuse and Neglect – R 6-8PM
    Social Work 663: Topics: Human Trafficking and Social Work – T 10-12
    Sociology 578: Poverty and Place – T/R 1-2:15
    Sociology 633: Social Stratification – T/R 8am-9:15am

    Group 5: Ethnography-Internship Prep

    Counseling Psychology 225: Coming to Terms with Diversity – online (ethnic studies)
    Counseling Psychology 325: Students Seeking Education Equity and Diversity – T 4:30-7
    Counseling Psych 531: Prevention and Intervention in Mental Health Across the Lifespan (can count as either group 2, 4, or 5 – but not all. Email cjcp@ssc.wisc.edu to request dars exception)
    Counseling Psychology 650: Theory & Practice in Interviewing- F 8:00 to 9:15am + lab
    Social Work 441: Generalist Practice; Individuals, Families & Groups (SW Majors only) – T 1:20-3:15 + disc
    Sociology 205: Intercultural Dialogues – M 2:25-3:15pm + lab

    Group 6: Fieldwork/Internship Seminar- All Internships must be Criminal/Juvenile Justice Related

    Legal Studies 694: Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Field Observation – W 10-12 (application required)
    Options: Courses below may be limited to majors in those programs.
    Human Development & Family Studies 601: Internship- 3-8cr- multiple offerings
    Psych 412: Field Experience in Psychology-3cr- R 11-12:30
    Rehab Psychology & Special Ed 630: Internship in Rehabilitation or Special Ed- 3-6cr- multiple offerings
    Social Work 400: Field Practice and Integrative Seminar I- 5cr- multiple offerings

    File last updated: March 15, 2018
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