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UW-Green Bay Announces Minor in Criminal Justice

Green Bay, Wis.—There’s never been a more appropriate time to understand civic challenges. The world needs more effective offender rehabilitation, policing policies, and operations surrounding justice and equity. Students who want to be a part of the solution, should consider University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s new Criminal Justice minor (in the Public and Environmental Affairs program). From crime prevention to corrections, the program explores and critically analyzes issues from multiple perspectives.

Students can enroll immediately in the 24-credit minor. The minor will be supported by high-impact practices with a focus on guest speakers and student interactions with community organizations related to criminal justice. Overall, students will have 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.

Dana Atwood
Associate Prof. Dana Atwood

“Now is a great time for students to explore this field because public interrogation has shifted the system toward greater inclusivity and self-reflection,” says UW-Green Bay Associate Prof. Dana Atwood. “There is a long list of potential careers outside of ones we normally think (police, parole, judge, attorney, etc.). Students could major in biology or chemistry and be a blood analyst; or major in sociology and be a victim advocate; or major in psychology and become an intelligence analyst for the FBI. The program also provides excellent graduate program- and pre-law preparation.”

By the end of the program, students will:

  1. Identify, analyze, and communicate criminal justice policies and practices.
  2. Analyze and evaluate the ways that deviance and crime are social constructed.
  3. Understand the pursuits of justice and creations of legal systems across history and cultures.
  4. Critically analyze and interpret quantitative and qualitative criminological data.
  5. Understand, explore, analyze, and employ crime concepts, theories, and processes of justice as they relate to practical applications of policy.
  6. Recognize and define the various categories of criminal offenses.
  7. Identify the demographic and social structural characteristics common among groups of criminal offenders and victims.
  8. Identify and understand ethical considerations in policy construction and implementation.
  9. Critically evaluate bias in policy and interaction involved in the criminal justice process.
  10. Identify how the criminal justice system is differentially experienced on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, ability, age and other social statuses relevant in the current system.

More information is available on the Criminal Justice Minor website. Questions can we directed to Atwood at atwoodd@uwgb.edu or Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ryan Martin, martind@uwgb.edu.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Established in 1965, UW-Green Bay is a public institution serving 8,970 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students and 79,604 continuing education enrollees each year across all campus locations. We educate students from pre-college through retirement and offer 200+ degrees, programs and certificates. UW-Green Bay graduates are resilient, inclusive, sustaining and engaged members of their communities, ready to rise to fearlessly face challenges, solve problems and embrace diverse ideas and people. With four campus locations, the University welcomes students from every corner of the world. In 2020, UW-Green Bay was the fastest growing UW school in Wisconsin. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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