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Social Science

Criminal Justice





Edgewood College's Criminal Justice major was founded in the 1970s by Sister Esther Heffernan, and the curriculum continues to carry on her Dominican-inspired mission to create ethical Criminal Justice professionals who are dedicated to serving their community. The focus of the Criminal Justice major is inter-disciplinary, requiring students to take courses in Sociology and Philosophy and allowing students to select courses from Political Science, Economics, and Psychology to tailor their own major to their future career goals.

Students majoring in criminal justice have a variety of  careers to choose from that reflect their interests and abilities,. Graduates from the program have many possible career options including law enforcement, probation, parole, juvenile justice, corrections, social work, community activism, working with at-risk youth, working with veterans, and legal professions of all types.



The Human Services Concentration

Students who take the Human Services Concentration wtih their Criminal Justice Major are qualified to sit for the Social Work Licensing Exam in the state of Wisconsin upon completion of all the major's requirements. This means that after graduation and passing the Social Work Exam, students can become a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin without continuing on to graduate school. 



Criminal Justice Association

The Criminal Justice Association (CJA) is a student-run club on campus which allows CJ majors and anyone interested in crime and justice to get together for fun and educational events. The CJA is a very active club and it gives CJ majors the chance to earn leadership experience by holding an office and working to plan events for students and the larger community. In recent years the CJA has hosted speeches by Chief Koval of Madison Police Department, former Chief Noble Wray, DEA Agents, WI Department of Justice Detectives, and noteworthy academics who study crime. 

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Social Science Course Options


Course Options in the Criminal Justice Major


  •  Criminology
  • Theories of Deviance
  • Introduction to Criminal Law
  • Women and Crime
  • introduction to Sociology
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Policing in Contemporary Society
  • Prisons and Corections in Society
  • Violence and Victimization
  • Capital Punishment
  • Research Methods
  • Social Science Statistics
  • Social Science Senior Seminar
  • Macroeconimics
  • Microeconomics
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Introduction to the American Poitical Process


Internship Course Options for the Criminal Justice Major


  • Ethics in Action
  • Field Experience


Courses Required for the Human Services Concentration


  • Methods of Human Service
  • Social Welfare Policy
  • Human Behavior and Social Environment
  • Social Change Methods
  • Group Methods for Human Service
  • Human Services Internship



Criminal Justice Careers


  • Police Officer
  • Sherif's Deputy
  • Jailer in a County Jail
  • Private Detective
  • State Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Parole Officer
  • Juvenil Probation Officer
  • Department of Justice Positions
  • Department of Corrections Positions
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • National Security Agency (NSA)
  • Feeral Bureau of INvestigation (FBI)
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
  • Military Officer's School
  • Juvenile Detention Center Officer
  • Youth Counselor with At-Risk Youth
  • Correctional Officer in a Prison
  • Private Security Firms
  • Loss Prevention Officer in Retail Security
  • Bailiff in a Courtroom
  • Social Worker
  • Preparation for Graduate School in Criminal Justice, Criminology, Sociology, or Social Work
  • Pre-Law (Preparation for Law School) for Practicing Criminal Law


For more information contact:

Carolyn Field, PhD.
Criminal Justice Program Director & Associate Proessor of Sociology
Mazzuchelli, Room 115