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The Criminal Justice Minor is an interdisciplinary minor designed to assist students planning to enter career-related areas involving some aspect of the criminal or juvenile justice system. The minor provides students with the opportunity to gain an intellectual understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system. The minor is fully grounded in the Liberal Arts and prepares students by providing a sound knowledge base and developing analytical and critical thinking skills necessary in criminal justice related occupations.

The Criminal Justice Minor is complementary to a variety of majors offered at UW-La Crosse. Majors in Sociology, Political Science, Public Administration, Psychology, Philosophy, Spanish, Geography, Accountancy, Computer Science, Chemistry, Therapeutic Recreation, or the pre-law program (in conjunction with a major), will maximize student experiences and opportunities in criminal justice related fields.

If you have any questions about the Criminal Justice Minor at UWL, please contact:

Lisa Kruse  Profile of Lisa Kruse

Associate Professor
437G Wimberly Hall

Specialty areas:

Criminology and Criminal Justice: evidence-based practices, pre-trial, racial and socioeconomic inequities in the system, school resource officers and the school-to-prison pipeline, diversion programs, drug-treatment courts and substance use/mental health issues and reentry.

Surveillance: sex offender registry, pretrial/post-adjudication surveillance, social media and other means of personal surveillance

Methods: qualitative methods, evaluation