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Program Requirements



Program Requirements

Field Work

Program Benefits



The CJCP is open to all UW undergraduate students who have an interest in criminal or juvenile justice and are able to complete required courses in a timely manner.


Students must see an advisor in order to declare the Certificate. Office hours and appointment schedules are available at the Advising Hours & Appointments link.

Students are encouraged to enroll in the program early in their academic career. Early enrollment allows time to take courses required for the Certificate and also plan for the internship course requirement. Declaration will allow you to obtain authorization for courses when available.


To earn a CJCP Certificate, a student must complete all requirements for a Bachelor's degree, requirements of their declared major(s), and graduate from UW - Madison. In addition, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 as governed by University regulations, take all required courses for a letter grade versus pass-fail, and earn a 2.0 overall GPA in CJCP Certificate courses.

Completion of one course from each of the following groups plus one additional course from Group 3 or 4 is required. It is not necessary to take classes in any particular sequence. However, Group 6 courses may require pre-requisite course noted below.

Group 1 - Criminal Justice System

Legal Studies/Sociology 131 Criminal Justice in America

Group 2 - Theories of Crime and Deviant Behavior

Sociology 421 Processes of Deviant Behavior
Sociology 441 Criminology
Sociology 446 Juvenile Delinquency
Psychology 411 Topics:Juvenile Delinquency; Psychopathy & Syndromes of Disinhibition (Psych Maj only)
Psychology 526 Criminal Mind: Forensics & Psychobiological
Social Work 643 Social Work and Delinquency

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

History/Legal St 426 History of Punishment
Legal Studies 460 Surveillance, Privacy, Police Powers
Political Science 452 Criminal Law and Justice
Political Science 695 Topics: Criminal Jurisprudence
Psychology 411 Topics in Psych: Legal Psych: Criminal & Civil (Psych Maj Only)

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

Anthropology 448 Anthropology of Law
History 223 The Euro Underworld, 1800-2000: Soc&Cult
History/Legal Studies 459 Rule of Law
Human Dev & Family St 474 Racial Ethnic Families in US
ILS Topics 275 Justice and Equity in America
Legal Studies 409 Human Rights in Law and Society
Legal St/Gen&Wmn's St 422 Women and the Law
Legal Studies/Sociology 641 Sociology of Law
Political Science 412 Constitutional Law
Political Science 695 Race & Politics in the United States
Psychology 509 Abnormal Psychology
Psychology 512 Behavioral Pathology-Psychoses
Sociology 577 Blacks in Cities
Sociology 620 Comparative Racial Inequality
Sociology 633 Social Stratification
Social Work 420 Poverty & Social Welfare
Social Work 453 Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse
Social Work 523 Family Violence
Social Work 642: Child Welfare
Social Work 646 Child Abuse and Neglect

*See Fall, Spring and Summer Course Offerings for additional courses.

Group 5 - Ethnography-Internship Prep

Counseling Psych 650 Theory and Practice of Interviewing (for Group VI: PS 427, RP 630, HDFS 601, Psych 412, Gen&WS 660, LS/Soc 694 spring interns)
Social Work 441 Practice II: Generalist Practice with Individuals, Families & Groups (SW Maj only - for Group VI Soc Work 400 and 401)
Legal Studies 405 Foundations of Field Education (for Group VI LS/Soc 694 Summer interns)

Group 6 - Fieldwork/Internship Seminar

Legal Studies/Sociology 694 & Social Work 663: Criminal Justice Field Internship, 3 (Summer- 300hr placement, 30/wk for 10 weeks) Prereqs: Groups 1, 2, 3 & 5 & 86 credits (senior standing) by the beginning of the summer.

Legal Studies/Sociology 694: Criminal Justice Field Internship, 3 (Spring- approximately 10-12 hours per week, varies by agency) Prereqs: Group 1 complete, Groups 2,3,& 5 complete or in progress & 86 credits (senior standing) by the beginning of the internship semester.

*Political Science 427: Legislative Internship, 3 Jr Standing and consent of instructor

*Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Ed 630: Internship in Rehabilitation & Special Ed , 3-6 (You must take at least 3 credits for CJCP) This courses Does Not Count for LAS Credit

*Social Work 400 & 401: Field Practice and Seminar (SW majors only)

*Human Development & Family Studies 601: Internship (HDFS majors only)

*Psychology 412: Field Experience in Psychology (Psych majors only)

*Gen/WS 660: Internship in Gender and Women's Studies (Gen&WS majors only)

*Must be a Criminal/Juvenile Justice oriented internship; student must see the Criminal Justice advisor prior to registering for the course. Space may be limited.

More About Field Work and Prerequisites

An integral part of the CJCP curriculum is a field internship anchored by an academic course.

Legal Studies/Sociology 694 or Social Work 663 Field Observation in Criminal Justice

The CJCP advisors work with students to secure an appropriate internship placement. Planning for spring and summer internships begin in October with an informational meeting. Students will receive emails notifying them of times, places and prerequisites. Formal declaration of the CJCP, and planned completion of the remaining CJCP requirements are required. . Students must be in good academic standing with the University and a 2.0 gpa within CJCP prerequisite courses.

The majority of CJCP students enroll in this internship course. The summer internship course involves a 300 hours (30 hours per week for 10 weeks) placement during the summer. Internships take place in local, state, and federal agencies as well as private non-profit programs throughout Wisconsin and other states. Placements including, juvenile court programs, police departments, public defenders' and district attorneys' offices, secure facilities, various treatment and rehabilitation programs, programs working with people victimized by crime, and others. The spring internship courses requires an 8 to 12 hour placement week. Hour requirements vary based on placement and may extend up to 20 hours per week. Interns are aware of specific hour requirements prior to accepting placement. Spring internship course placements are within the Madison area; sites are limited due to agency commitment to other programs.

Eligibility for summer Legal Studies/Sociology 694 & Social Work 663 includes completion of 86 credits and Groups 1, 2, 3, & Legal Studies 405: Foundations of Field Education, by the beginning of summer.

Eligibility for spring semester Legal Studies/Sociology 694 includes completion of 86 credits and Groups 1 by the beginning of semester in which a student wishes to enroll in the internship course. In addition, students must have completed or in progress, Groups 2, 3, & Counseling Psychology 650: Theory and Practice of Interviewing..

Legal Studies/Sociology 694 & Social Work 663 also requires students to attend seminars where experiences are discussed, assignments are shared, and issues from the field are explored. Past students have viewed the internship course as opening up new dimensions and understanding of criminal and juvenile justice and as the cornerstone of their education.

Political Science 427 Legislative Internship

Poli Sci 427 is a 3-credit course with weekly readings, as well as written assignments.  The material covered in the course is designed to be relevant to students who are concurrently serving is legislative or agency internships. This internship offers practical experience in a legislative office and an opportunity to participate in public policy making.

Social Work 400/401 Field Practice and Integrative Seminar

This two semester course requires a minimum of 16 hours per week in the field and includes a weekly seminar. Students enrolled in Social Work 400 & 401 to satisfy CJCP requirements are often, but not always, placed in the Criminal Justice Field Unit. One must be a Social Work major and have Senior standing in order to be eligible for this internship. Examples of past placements include, Office of the State Public Defender- Client Services, Division of Community Corrections, Dane County Juvenile Reception Center, Oakhill Prison, Mendota Mental Health Institute, and a variety of treatment services.

Once granted admission to the Social Work major students will work with Field Instructors, within the School of Social Work, to obtain an appropriate placement.

Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education 630

This internship is offered through the School of Education within the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education for students within the School of Education. The course provides an experience in a rehabilitation-oriented agency or program under the supervision of a rehabilitation professional. It is designed to give students an introduction to professional practice in rehabilitation and to develop skills through supervised clinical activities. Integrative seminars are typically held on campus once a week. The total number of hours in placement determine the number of credits awarded. Criminal justice students must enroll for at least 3 credits and secure placement in a programs providing rehabilitation, education, or vocational services to a criminal or delinquent population. Examples of past placements include, Dane County Juvenile Shelter, Juvenile Detention, Oakhill Prison, and the Department of Community Corrections.

Students work with faculty and staff within Rehab Psych & Special Education in order to secure a placement. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Please note: credits earned from this course do not count for Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) credits in the College of Letters & Science.

Human Development and Family Studies 601 Internship

This internship experience provides juniors and seniors in the School of Human Ecology an opportunity to explore areas of interest in a deeper context via internship. Through partnership with local agencies, students gain skills and experience while contributing to the community. Examples of past placements include Dane County Juvenile Court programs, Neighborhood Intervention Program, Dane County Focus Program, Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, and Court Appointed Special Advocates. HDFS 601 is a variable credit course, offered Fall, Spring, & Summer semesters. CJCP students must enroll for at least three credits.

Interested students work with HDFS advisors and staff in securing an appropriate internship. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Gender & Women's Studies 660: Internship in Gender & Women's Studies

Each spring GWS offers a 6-credit internship course available to GWS students through an application and interview process. Gen&WS 660: Internship in Gender and Women's Studies is designed to provide students with opportunities for learning and working in organizations in ways that connect their coursework in gender and women's studies to specific issues in community settings. The program provides a venue for students to put theory into practice, to participate in community-based organizations, to engage in a service-learning course and to think critically and reflect on participating as feminists in activism.  Open to Gender & Women's Studies Major and Certificate students only.

To obtain an internship, students are required to participate in a GWS departmental internship fair where they are matched with an internship. In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Psychology 412: Field Experience in Psychology

The course is a rare offering. If you wish to consider this option, please contact the advisors in the Department of Psychology to find out if this is an option. Students work with the course instructor to secure a placement.

This course provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience in the application of psychology in an organization serving social, mental health, educational, biological psychology, developmental, or industrial/organizational interests. Course offering is irregular and enrollment is limited. Prerequisites include declaration as a psychology major, consent of instructor, and course work appropriate to individual settings.

In order to obtain credit for the CJCP, students must submit a short descriptive email to the CJCP advisors indicating where they were placed and the content of the criminal justice related experience.

Program Benefits

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.

The CJCP is not a professional training program. 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.


Program advisors like to meet with students enrolled in the CJCP at least once a year. This allows for an opportunity to make sure participants are progressing at a pace which ensures graduation with a CJCP Certificate, and that they are getting the assistance they need related to classes, volunteer work and careers.