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Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology

Criminal Justice

Adrienne Freng, Department Head
207 Arts and Sciences Building
Phone: (307) 766-2988, Fax: (307) 766-3913
Website: http://www.uwyo.edu/cj/

Professor

ADRIENNE B. FRENG, B.A. Black Hills State University 1995; M.A. University of Nebraska 1997; Ph.D. 2001; Professor of Criminal Justice 2014, 2001.

Associate Professor

JAMIE SNYDER, B.S. Northern Kentucky University 2005; M.S. University of Cincinnati 2007; Ph.D. 2011; Associate Professor of Crinimal Justice 2018.
ERIC J. WODAHL,
A.A. Eastern Wyoming College 1992; B.A. Chadron State College 1994; M.P.A. University of Wyoming 2003; Ph.D. University of Nebraska at Omaha 2007; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 2013, 2008.

Assistant Professor

KATELYN GOLLADAY, B.B.A. Pacific Lutheran University 2012; M.S. Arizona State University 2014; Ph.D. 2018; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2018.
LAUREN McLANE,
B.S. Radford University 2002; J.D. Seattle University School of Law 2008; Assistant Professor of Law 2018.
KIMBERLY SCHWEITZER,
B.A. University of North Dakota 2010; M.S. University of Wyoming 2013; Ph.D. 2016; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2016.
CLAIR WHITE, B.A. Colorado State University 2009; Ph.D. Arizona State University 2015; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2018.

Assistant Lecturer

DANIEL FETSCO, B.A. University of Wyoming 1995; J.D. University of Denver 1998; M.A. Arizona State University 2013; Assistant Lecturer of Criminal Justice 2017.

Adjunct Professor

Robert A. Schuhmann, political science

Students majoring in criminal justice will be involved in a critical examination of the sources of criminal behavior and the social and political institutions and processes designed to control criminal behavior. Criminal Justice majors are offered at University of Wyoming campuses in Laramie and Casper, as well as through Distance Education.

We expect that our graduating students will have (1) developed an informed familiarity with the nature of crime, the historical and philosophical foundations of law enforcement agencies, criminal courts, and correctional institutions; (2) will be able to recognize the differences between crimes and other types of legal (and moral) wrongs and between the substantive criminal law and the law of criminal procedure; (3) will have gained an understanding of the role of punishments and the effect that punishment has on the substantive criminal law; (4) will have developed a knowledge of the concepts/perspectives of criminology; (5) will be able to describe and apply the major themes of crimes to our society; (6) will have developed an accurate knowledge base relating to crime; and (7) will be able to critically and objectively examine current research, topics, and policy in the area of criminal justice.

Undergraduate Major

Students pursuing a B.A. in criminal justice must fulfill university studies and college requirements as listed in this Catalog, satisfy required prerequisites to courses in the major program, and complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in the major.  Only courses in which a grade of C or better has been earned may be used to satisfy major requirements.

Students must complete the following:

Foundation Courses Hours
CRMJ 1001 3
CRMJ 2210 3
CRMJ/SOC 2400 3
CRMJ 2685 4
CRMJ 3110 3
CRMJ 3350 3
CRMJ 3490 3
CRMJ 4200 3
Crime and Deviance (two courses) Hours
CRMJ/SOC 3250 3
CRMJ/SOC 3400 3
CRMJ 3500 3
CRMJ 4151 3
CRMJ 4260 3
CRMJ/INST/SOC 4705 3
CRMJ 4890 3
Criminal Justice Institutions & Processes (two courses) Hours
CRMJ 4130 3
CRMJ 4140 3
CRMJ 4150 3
CRMJ 4280 3
CRMJ 4860 3
Supporting Courses (three credit hour course; or one additional course
from either the Crime & Deviance, or Criminal Justice Institutions & Processes categories)
Hours
CRMJ/POLS 4110 3
CRMJ/ANTH 4230 3
CRMJ/SOC 4350 3
CRMJ/PSYC 4370 3
CRMJ/SOC 4540 3
CRMJ/POLS 4600 3
CRMJ/PSYC 4730 3
CRMJ 4750 1-12
CRMJ/PSYC 4760 3
CRMJ 4965 1-6
CRMJ 4790 9-12
CMRJ 4975 1-3
CRMJ 4990 1-3

In addition to the above required courses, it is required that students take POLS 1000, STAT 2050 or 2070, one lab science, and two semesters of the same foreign language. A grade of C or better must be earned to satisfy these additional requirements. Upper division course work that was completed more than ten years prior to graduation will not meet major requirements.

Pre-Law Concentration

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Pre-Law Concentration for Criminal Justice majors that consists of courses selected from several departments across the university. These courses were chosen to help prepare students for the challenges of law school and the practice of law. Students electing the Pre-Law Concentration are urged to seek advising early.

Along with the 39 hours of criminal justice degree requirements, an additional 27 credit hours (18 of which must be 3000-level courses or above) must be earned for the Pre-Law Concentration. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better to be counted toward the concentration.

Verbal Comprehension and Expression (min. of 3 hours)

COJO 2090 Persuasive Argumentation
COJO 2150 Argumentation
COJO 3010 Business and Professional Communication
COJO 3160 Theory of Language and Society
AGEC 4450 Negotiation
HIST 4515 American Legal History

Written Comprehension and Expression (min. of 6 hours)

Any two (2) courses with a USP designation of WC or COM3 may be counted in this area.

Critical Understanding of Human Institutions and Values (min. of 3 hours)

ECON 1020 Principles of Microeconomics
MGT 3110 Business Ethics
PHIL 3120 Ancient Greek Philosophy
PHIL 3250 Global Justice
PHIL/ENGL 3340 Philosophy of Literature (max. 3 hours)
PHIL 3350 History of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3500 History of Science
POLS/AMST/ENR/GEOG/REWM 4051 Environmental Politics
COJO/AAST 4260 Rhetoric and Social Justice

Creative and Analytical Thinking (min. of 3 hours)

CW 2050 Introduction to Fiction or CW 2060 Introduction to Nonfiction (max. 3 hours) or CW 2080 Introduction to Poetry (max. 3 hours)
PHIL 3140 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 3420 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 3510 Introduction to Epistemology
STAT 4015 Regression Analysis
ENR 4550 Negotiation Analysis

World Cultures and International Institutions (min. of 3 hours)

INBU/INST 1040 Intro to International Business
HIST 1320 World History to 1750
HIST 1330 World History since 1500
POLS 2310 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 3320 Eastern Thought
ANTH 3420 Anthropology of Global Issues
CRMJ 4280 Comparative Criminal Justice
INST/POLS 4340 International Organizations
INST/SOC 4370 Global Political Economy

Electives (max. 3 courses of 9 hours)

ECON 1000 Global Economic Issues
COJO 1030 Interpersonal Communication
COJO 1040 Intro to Human Communication
MGT 1040 Legal Environment of Business
ANTH 1200 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
CNSL 2200 Intro to Student Leadership
STAT 3050 Statistical Methods - General
POLS 3100 Politics and Judicial Process
COJO 3190 Cross-Cultural Communication
PHIL 3440 Philosophy of the Mind
POLS 4100 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
CRMJ/POLS 4110 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
GEOG 4325 Legal Aspects of Planning
ANTH/INST 4350 Culture Change
CNSL 4520 Fundamentals of Counseling
POLS 4840 Seminar in Public Law

Undergraduate Minors

Criminal Justice Minor

A minor in criminal justice requires 18 semester hours in criminal justice. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better. The required courses are: CRMJ 1001, CRMJ 2210, CRMJ/SOC 2400, CRMJ 3110, CRMJ 3350, and CRMJ 3490.

Pre-Law Minor

The minor requires 18 hours to be completed from amoung the following courses. Of these 18 hours, 12 must be upper division (3000 or 4000 level). In addition, 12 of the 18 hours must be outside the student’s primary major, and none of these courses may be credited toward both the minor and the USP requirement. Complete one course from each of the following categories. All coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better to counted toward the minor.

Language Comprehension & Expression (3 hours)

COJO 1030 Interpersonal Communciation
COJO 2090 Persuasive Argumentation
COJO 3010 Business & Professional Communication
COJO 3160 Theory of Language & Society
COJO/ENGL 4061 Rhetorical Theory & Criticism
AGEC 4450 Negotiation
ANTH 4795 Language Change

Written Comprehension & Expression (3 hours)

Any course with a USP designation of C3 may be counted in this area. However, no C3 course may be counted twice toward fulfilling this category and the USP C3 requirement or another category within the prelaw minor.

Critical Understanding of Human Institutions & Values (3 hours)

MGT 3110 Business Ethics
POLS 2460 Intro to Political Philosophy
POLS/AMST/ENR/GEOG/REWM 4051 Environmental Politics
POLS 4090 Anglo-American Jurisprudence
PHIL 2200 Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL 3300 Ethical Theory
PHIL 3350 History of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3500 History of Science
PHIL 4300 Topics in Ethics
PHIL 4340 Issues in Environmenal Ethics
FCSC 4113 Consumer Issues
AAST/COJO 4260 Rhetoric and Social Justice

Creative & Analytical Thinking (3 hours)

CW 2050 Intro to Fiction
CW 2060 Intro to Nonfiction
CW 2080 Intro to Poetry
PHIL 2420 Critical Thinking
PHIL 3140 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 3220 Existentialism and Phenomenology
PHIL 3420 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 3440 Philosophy of the Mind
PHIL 3510 Intro to Epistemology
PHIL 4420 Advanced Logic
CRMJ/ANTH 4230 Forensic Anthropology
ENR/AGEC 4550 Negotiation Analysis

World Cultures & International Institutions (3 hours)

HIST 1330 World History since 1500
PHIL 3250 Global Justice
PHIL 3320 Eastern Thought
ANTH 2200 World Culture
ANTH 3420 Anthropology of Global Issues
INST/SOC 4110 Sociology of International Development
CRMJ 4280 Comparative Criminal Justice
INST/POLS 4340 International Organizations

Law (3 hours)

CRMJ 2210 Criminal Law
CRMJ 3110 Criminal Courts and Processes
CRMJ 4140 Criminal Legal Procedure
CRMJ/WMST 4540 Women, Crime and the Law
CRMJ/PSYC 4730 Psychology and Law
AGEC 3400 Agriculture Law
AGEC 4710 Natural Resource Law and Policy
POLS 3100 Politics and the Judicial Process
POLS 4100 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
CRMJ/POLS 4110: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
POLS 4840 Seminar in Public Law
GEOG 4325 Legal Aspects of Planning
MGT 1040 Legal Environment of Business
MGT 4340 Law for Managers
MGT 4350 Commerical Law
MGT 4360 Business Law for Entrepreneurs
COJO 4500 Mass Communication Law
HIST 4515 American Legal History
AIST 3300 Federal Indian Law
ENR 4750 ENR Law & Policy

Graduate Study

A criminal justice concentration within the master of public administration program is offered by the Criminal Justice program.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Public Administration

Students wishing to enroll in the M.P.A. with criminal justice concentration must first be admitted into the M.P.A. program. See M.P.A. program admission requirements for specific details.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration
Plan B (non-thesis)

The M.P.A. curriculum consists of 39 credits including: core (7), option-core (2) and criminal justice (4) courses. Students may complete the degree within two years full-time or approximately three-four years part-time. Courses are offered through distance education, which allows students to complete their degree in their community while working full-time.

Required Core Courses

POLS 5000 Survey of Public Administration
POLS 5400 Public Personnel Management
POLS 5410 Administrative Behavior & Theory of Organizations
POLS 5440 Principles & Processes of Government Budgeting
POLS 5510 Public Policy and Program Management
POLS 5684 Empirical Analysis for Public Administration
POLS 5690 Capstone in Public Management

Option-Core Courses

All MPA students are required to choose two courses designated as option core credit, defined as courses relating to more specific focuses on public administration and taught by MPA faculty members.

Criminal Justice Concentration Courses

Required Criminal Justice Concentration Courses

CRMJ 5000 Survey of Criminal Justice
CRMJ 5100 Public Policy and Crime

Elective Criminal Justice Concentration Courses
(Students must select two of the following courses)

CRMJ 5130 Leadership and Management in the Criminal Justice System
CRMJ 5151 Crime Causation
CRMJ 5280 Comparative Criminal Justice
CRMJ 5500 Internship in Criminal Justice*
CRMJ 5860 Social Inequality, Crime, and Criminal Justice

*Students with little or no administration and/or criminal justice professional experience must enroll in CRMJ 5500 as one of their electives.

In addition to graduate coursework, M.P.A. students must complete a series of papers constituting the Plan B project. It is the purpose of POLS 5690, Capstone in Public Management, to be a framework within which students initiate and substantially complete their Plan B projects.

Following the completion of all other requirements, the M.P.A. student is required to pass a comprehensive oral examination covering the information contained within his/her program of study as well as a defense of the Plan B projects. The oral examination is also conducted within the framework of the POLS 5690 Capstone course.

Students entering the M.P.A. Program are expected to possess basic computer literacy, and to have access to a computer for such purposes as communicating with professors via e-mail, receiving M.P.A. Program memos, conducting research on the Web, retrieving articles from course documents libraries, working on course projects, and for conducting interactive/electronic class discussion. 

Students must maintain a graduate GPA of 3.000.

Students must complete the CAPP program in lieu of a program of study.

Criminal Justice (CRMJ) Courses

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