The minor in criminal justice is a strong complement for students studying journalism, politics, sociology, social work, political science, or philosophy; students who plan on attending law school; and students who seek careers in public service.

The Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology offers a specialization, a minor, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in Crime Analysis. Crime analysts gather crime and disorder data, identify and analyze patterns, trends and problems, develop recommendations based on their findings, and create and disseminate information that helps criminal justice agencies address crime and allocate resources.

A sequence of courses will lead to a specialization in this growing area. Preparation includes a foundation in criminal justice and research methods; specialized coursework in crime analysis, analysis-oriented technology, and data-driven policing; and field placement in an agency setting with practicing professionals.


Standard Track

The standard minor track requires a minimum of 18 credits in criminal justice & criminology courses:

CRM JST 110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRM JST 271Introduction to Policing3
CRM JST 273Introduction to Corrections3
CRM JST 275Introduction to Criminal Courts3
Select 6 credits in courses at the 300 level or above6
Total Credits18

Credits earned in CRM JST 311 and CRM JST 599 do not count toward the minimum number of credits required for the standard minor track.

Crime Analysis Track

The crime analysis minor track consists of 18 credits, with the following courses (or equivalents approved by the department chairperson) required:

CRM JST 110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRM JST 480Criminal Evidence and Investigation3
CRM JST 510Introduction to Crime Analysis3
CRM JST 520Analysis Oriented Technology: Spatial Data Analysis; Crime Mapping; ArcGIS3
CRM JST 530Data Driven Policing Strategies and Police Intelligence3
CRM JST 311Field Experience Practicum3
Total Credits18

A minimum of 15 credits must be taken in residence at UWM.