What you will learn

The program assumes that working law enforcement officers already have substantial college-level learning. You may earn transfer credits for some previous coursework, to begin with. In addition, both Credit for Prior Learning and Independent Learning provide opportunities to demonstrate what you know or move more quickly through the course requirement by building on the knowledge you already have. As part of their Criminology major, students will

  • Identify patterns and sources of U.S. crime data and examine trends and patterns of criminality and victimization revealed by the data.
  • Identify the basic general typologies of criminality and victimization.
  • Demonstrate enhanced analytical reasoning skills through a familiarity with criminological theory and research as applied to crime prevention and control policies.
  • Identify causes of criminality and victimization for people of different class, racial-ethnic, gender, and age groups, and well as the different criminal justice responses to these groups.
  • Identify the key stages of the criminal justice system and the organizational processes and discretionary decision- making that occur at each stage.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of the U.S. policing system, current policing practices, and the role of police in communities.
  • Demonstrate up-to-date knowledge of the U.S. correctional system and current correctional practices in secure and community settings.
  • Apply communication skills in writing, speaking, and other forms of communication to the criminal justice field.
In both their major and minor, students will also develop enhanced writing, research, and critical thinking skills


For more information contact

Lauren Smith: smithlb@uww.edu