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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


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

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

KIMBERLY SCHWEITZER, B.A. University of North Dakota 2010; M.S. University of Wyoming 2013; Ph.D. 2016; Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice 2016.

Assistant Lecturer

DANIEL FETSCO, B.S 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 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 Hours
CRMJ 1001 3
CRMJ 2210 3
CRMJ/SOC 2400 3
CRMJ 2685 3
CRMJ 3110 3
CRMJ 3350 3
CRMJ 3490 3
CRMJ 4200 3
Crime and Deviance (two courses) Hours
CRMJ 3250 3
CRMJ 3500 3
CRMJ 4151 3
CRMJ 4260 3
CRMJ 4700 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)
CRMJ/SOC 3320 3
CRMJ/SOC 3400 3
CRMJ/POLS 4110 3
CRMJ/ANTH 4230 3
CRMJ 4270 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 a 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 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 Civilization to 1750
HIST 1330 World Civilization from 1750
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 Change
PHIL 3440 Philosophy of the Mind
POLS 4100 Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers
POLS 4110 Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties and Rights
GEOG 4325 Legal Aspects of Planning
ANTH/INST 4340 Culture Change
CNSL 4520 Fundamentals of Counseling
POLS 4840 Seminar in Public Law

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, and CRMJ 3490.

Graduate Study

A criminal justice concentration within part of the master of public administration program is offered by the Criminal Justice program. 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 an opportunity to supplement the core courses and facilitate the achievement of professional and career objectives in the field. One of the four courses 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 two years full-time or approximately three-four 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 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 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 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 5151 Crime Causation; CRMJ 5280 Comparative Criminal Justice; CRMJ 5860 Social Inequality, Crime, and 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 three 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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