Criminal Justice

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with the opportunity to explore and analyze important community issues that will help enhance their civic responsibility and their ability to improve the current criminal justice system. Additionally, the program will enhance students’ critical analysis skills and include opportunities to explore issues such as diversity and inclusion. 

Students will begin by taking supporting courses in Public Administration, Sociology, and/or Political Science that will lay the groundwork for more advanced criminal justice course work.  Core upper-level courses will help develop their ability to comprehend, synthesize, and critically analyze scientific evidence.  In addition, these courses will enhance their abilities to critically engage in theory, practice, and policy in general, laying the groundwork for more advanced analysis in upper-level courses focusing on criminal justice administration and theory.  Nine credits of upper electives will enable students to study focused topics in criminal justice and criminology in greater depth. A majority of the coursework will address and engage students in issues of equity and inclusion within the criminal justice system. 

Overall, a minor in Criminal Justice is designed for students seeking careers in the public and nonprofit sectors such as probation and parole, law enforcement, pre-law, victim advocacy, and court services, and it is available to students majoring in any discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The program is housed within the Department of Public and Environmental Affairs under the oversight of the Public Administration program, though the curriculum is supported by eight different programs. 


Supporting Courses (choose two of the following):6
Introduction to Sociology
Politics of Crime and Punishment
Introduction to Public Administration
Core Courses (choose one of the following):3
Crime and Criminal Justice
Juvenile Delinquency
Upper-Level Core:6
Criminal Justice Process
Upper-Level Electives (choose three of the following):9
Constitutional Law
Law and Society
Gender and the Law
Deviant Behavior
Street Gangs in America
Administrative Law
Immigration and Immigration Policy
Environmental Law
Natural Resources Policy, Law, and Administration
Philosophy, Politics and Law
First Nations Justice and Tribal Governments
Total Credits24


Ray Hutchison; Professor; Ph.D., University of Chicago

John R Stoll; Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky, chair*

Aaron C Weinschenk; Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Dana Atwood; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University

Alise Coen; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Delaware

Marcelo P Cruz; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of California - Los Angeles

David J Helpap; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee*

Thomas S Nesslein; Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle

Laurel E Phoenix; Associate Professor; Ph.D., State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry*

Lora H Warner; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

Elizabeth E Wheat; Associate Professor; Ph.D., Western Michigan University*