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University Catalog|Office of the Registrar

Criminal Justice

Adrienne Freng, Department Head
223 Arts and Sciences Building
Phone: (307) 766-2988, Fax: (307) 766-3913


ADRIENNE B. FRENG, B.A. Black Hills State University 1995; M.A. University of Nebraska 1997; Ph.D. 2001; Professor of Criminal Justice 2007, 2001.
B.A. Creighton University 1970; M.A. Tufts University 1975; Ph.D. 1978; Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice-Casper 1993, 1975.

Associate Professors

SCOTT E. CULHANE,  B.A. University of Tennessee 1998; M.S. University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 2000; Ph.D. University of Texas at El Paso 2005; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 2011, 2005.
CARY HECK, B.S. Pittsburg State University 1989; M.A. San Jose University 1994; Ph.D. Washington State University 1998; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 2010, 2004.
ERIC J. WODAHL, A.A. Eastern Wyoming College 1992; B.A. Chadron State College 1994; M.P.A. University of Wyoming 2003; Ph.D. 2007; Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 2013, 2008.

Assistant Professors

JOHN H. BOMAN IV, B.A. Ohio University 2007; M.A. University of Florida 2010; Ph.D. 2013; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2013.
THOMAS J. MOWEN, B.S. University of Louisville 2010; M.A. 2011; Ph.D. University of Delaware 2015; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2015.

Assistant Lecturer

SHANE T. STONE, B.S. Central Missouri State University 1992; M.S. Lindenwood University 2000; M.A. Midwestern Baptist College 2011; Assistant Lecturer of Criminal Justice 2012.

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 the Outreach School.

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 39 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


CRMJ 1001


CRMJ 2210




CRMJ 2685


CRMJ 3110


CRMJ 3200


CRMJ 3350


CRMJ 3490


Crime and Deviance (two courses)


CRMJ 3150


CRMJ 3250


CRMJ 3500


CRMJ 4260


CRMJ 4700


CRMJ 4890


Criminal Justice Institutions & Processes (two courses)


CRMJ 4130


CRMJ 4140


CRMJ 4150


CRMJ 4280


CRMJ 4860


Supporting Courses (one course; or one additional course
from Crime & Deviance, or Criminal Justice Institutions & Processes)












CRMJ 4270










CRMJ 4750




CRMJ 4965


CRMJ 4790


CMRJ 4975


CRMJ 4990


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 a foreign language.

Forensic Science Concentration

The Criminal Justice Department offers a Forensic Science Concentration for Criminal Justice majors that consists of courses selected from several departments across the university. These inter-disciplinary courses are intended to provide a base knowledge of the field of forensic science for future educational and employment opportunities.

27 hours must be completed from among the following courses. Of these 27 hours, 14 must be upper division (3000 level or above) and 6 hours of elective coursework either from the Criminal Justice or the Forensic Science Concentration curriculum. Life Sciences 1010 and Chemistry 1020, General Chemistry I, must be taken to fulfill the University Studies Program lab science requirement.

Analytical Techniques
(minimum 10 hours)

ANTH/CRMJ 4230 Forensic Anthropology or
ANTH 4240 Forensic Anthropology Lab
CHEM 2230 Quantitative Analysis
CHEM 3550 Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences*
CHEM 4230 Instrumental Methods of Chemical Analysis
CHEM 4507 Physical Chemistry I*
CHEM 4508 Physical Chemistry II*
PATB 4140 Principles of Toxicology
MOLB 4170 Cloning & DNA Sequencing Laboratory
MOLB Nucleic Acids Identification Laboratory
MOLB 4260 Quantitative Microscopy
MOLB 4440 Microbial Genetics
MOLB 4490 Microbial Gene Expression Laboratory
ZOO 4425 Genetic Markers

Human Biological Structure
(minimum 9 hours)

ANTH/CRMJ 4210 Human Osteology
LIFE 3050 Genetics
LIFE 3600 Cell Biology
CHEM 2300 Introduction to Organic Chemistry or
CHEM 2320 or 2420 Organic Chemistry I or
CHEM 2340 or 2440, Organic Chemistry II
CHEM/MOLB 3610 Principles of Biochemistry
HM 4420 Human Anatomy
MOLB 4600 General Biochemistry I or
MOLB 4610 General Biochemistry II
ZOO/KIN 2040/2041 Human Anatomy
ZOO/KIN 3115 Human Systems Physiology
ZOO 4140 Histology
ZOO 4320 Human Heredity

(minimum 8 hours)

PHYS 1110 Physics I and
PHYS 1120 Physics II or
PHYS 1310 College Physics I and
PHYS 1320 College Physics II

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 33 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.

Verbal Comprehension and Expression
(Chose at least one course - min. 3 hours)

COJO 2090 Persuasion
COJO 2150 Argumentation
COJO 2260 Interviewing
COJO 3010 Business and Professional Communication
COJO 3160 Theory of Language and Society
COJO 4050 Communication and Conflict

Written Comprehension and Expression
(Choose at least two courses)

ENGL 4000 21st Century Issues in Professional Writing
ENGL 4010 Technical Writing in the Professions
ENGL 4020 Editing for Publication
ENGL 4780 History of English Language
ENGL 4970 Writing Internship
ENGL/COJO 4061 Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
*Course will be allowed to count for the concentration hours requirement.

Critical Understanding of Human Institutions and Values
(Choose at least one course)

ECON 1020 Principles of Microeconomics
PHIL 2200 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 3250 Global Justice
PHIL 3300 Ethical Theory
PHIL 3350 History of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 3500 History of Science
PHIL/ENGL 3340 Philosophy of Literature (max. 3 hours)
POLS 2460 Introduction to Political Theory
POLS 3600 American Political Thought

Creative and Analytical Thinking
(Choose at least one course)

ENGL 2050 Creative Writing - Intro to Fiction or
ENGL 2060 Creative Writing - Intro to Non-Fiction (max. 3 hours) or
ENGL 2070 Creative Autobiographical Writing (max. 3 hours) or ENGL 2080 Creative Writing - Intro to Poetry (max. 3 hours)
PHIL 2420 Critical Thinking
PHIL 3140 Philosophy of Science
PHIL 3420 Symbolic Logic
PHIL 3510 Introduction to Epistemology

World Cultures and International Institutions
(Choose at least one course)

HIST 1320 World Civilizations to 1450
HIST 1330 World Civilizations from 1450
INST/BUSN 2000 Introduction to International Business
POLS/INST 2310 Introduction to International Relations
POLS/INST 4340 International Organizations
ANTH 3420 Anthropology of Global Issues
POLS/INST/SOC 4300 The World System
INST/SOC 4370 Global Political Economy
ECON/INST 4710 Comparative Systems

(Select courses from this list - maximum 3 courses or 9 hours)

AMST 1030 Social Justice in the 21st Century
ANTH 1200 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH/INST 4350 Culture Change
CNSL 2200 Intro to Student Leadership
CNSL 4520 Fundamentals of Counseling
COJO 1030 Interpersonal Communication
COJO 1040 Introduction to Human Communication
COJO 3190 Cross-Cultural Communication
COJO 4150 Legal Communication
ECON 1000 Global Economic Issues
LANG/ENGL 4750 Fundamentals of Linguistics
LANG/ENGL 4770 Sociolinguistics
PHIL 3440 Philosophy of the Mind
POLS 4090 Anglo-American Jurisprudence
POLS/INST 1200 Non-Western Political Cultures
STAT 2000 Statistics and the World or
STAT 2050 Fundamentals of Statistics or
STAT 2070 Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences

Undergraduate 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, CRMJ 3490.

Graduate Study

The master of public administration in criminal justice is offered by the Department of Criminal Justice. The MPA curriculum consists of 39 credits including core (7), option-core (2) and criminal justice (4) courses. Core courses are designed to develop comprehensive administrative, managerial, quantitative, financial and analytical skills with an understanding of their applications in different sectors. Criminal Justice courses provide opportunity to supplement the core courses and facilitating the achievement of professional and career objectives in the field. One of the four electives is a required internship in the criminal justice field and can be replaced with an additional elective if the MPA Director approves a waiver. Students may complete the degree within 2 years full-time or approximately 3-4 years part-time.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

Master of Public Administration

Applicants for the M.P.A. may have any undergraduate major. Only POLS 5000 may be taken prior to full admission into the program with permission of the M.P.A. director.

Program Specific Degree Requirements

Master of Public Administration
Plan B (non-thesis)

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 2 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 Courses

Students must complete the core and option-core elements of the MPA degree requirements, but may apply CRMJ program coursework as MPA elective requirements, making the degree an MPA with a criminal justice concentration. All students must take the following two courses: CRMJ 5000 Survey of Criminal Justice and CRMJ 5100 Public Policy and Crime.

Students must also enroll in three (3) credit hours of CRMJ 5500 Internship in Criminal Justice

Students will select one elective course. These courses are offered on a rotating basis and include the following options: CRMJ 5130 Leadership and Management in the Criminal Justice System; CRMJ 5270 Discrimination and the Law; CRMJ 5150 Crime Causation; CRMJ 5280 Comparative Criminal Justice.

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.

Significant administrative experience is required of all M.P.A. graduates. If the M.P.A. student has little or no administrative experience an internship is required and will be included as 3 hours of the required elective credits.
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 3.0.

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

Criminal Justice (CRMJ) Courses

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