Criminal Justice

The University of Dubuque Criminal Justice major enables students to develope a foundation of basic principles relative to the field of criminal justice. Students will build a solid base of knowledge which will be used to guide them through their criminal justice careers. The Criminal Justice Program further refines oral and written communication skills while expanding upon the role of justice and the social issues prevailant in today's society.

What You Will Learn

  • Gain an understanding of the criminal justice system by taking courses that focus on criminal procedure, constitutional law, and other basic principles crucial to working in the criminal justice field.
  • Learn to think critically while analyzing situations from different perspectives in order to handle them in an efficient and ethical manner.
  • Enhance written and oral communication skills needed to be successful in various career stages.
  • Achieve practical experience by partaking in a variety of internships and courses that offer hands-on learning within the criminal justice field.

Program of Study

A University of Dubuque degree in Criminal Justice prepares students by offering courses that provide students with a scientific and systematic approach for evaluating social issues in their personal and professional lives. The program provides opportunities for students to explore, critique, and evaluate issues of difference in their daily lives. Furthermore, the program is designed to create opportunities for students to form alliances and to create solutions for current social problems.

The Criminal Justice program of study further contributes to developing opportunities to explore political beliefs, personal convictions, diversity, cultural and faith traditions in the context of the classroom, community, and global scale. The program challenges students to discover their potential as stewards, who are empowered to make positive choices as they journey through relationships, neighborhoods, and workplaces that are increasingly diverse. The Criminal Justice Program developes a commitment to issues of social justice and encourages engagement with social issues as a building block for lifelong pursuit.

What Our Students Do

The University of Dubuque Criminal Justice Program allows students the opportunity to learn from professors that have the experience to teach you what you need to know to excel in the criminal justice course work. Professors will guide you in each area of criminal justice and allow you to learn from shared experiences within the classroom.

Where Our Graduates Go

University of Dubuque criminal justice graduates often seek careers as researchers and/or university teachers by continuing their study at the graduate level. A University of Dubuque degree in criminal justice also provides an excellent background for graduate programs in social work, law, criminal justice, and other related disciplines. Additionally, the study of sociology or criminal justice prepares students for effective participation in a variety of careers in diverse fields such as education, government, criminology and corrections, community service, mental health services, business, and media and information systems.

News from the Department

Consider joining the Justice Force. A student organization that meets monthly with a police officer. During the meeting, participants are exposed to reality based training. Real hands-on training such as; handcuffing techniques, role playing, traffic stops, building searches, drunk driving enforcement, and other topics.

Criminal Justice - Program of Study

The courses below are a program sample of what students may encounter. Students will meet with their advisers to develop a personal educational program to plan their elective course choices, internships, undergraduate research, and other educational opportunities and experiences.

Year One

Fall Semester
WVS 101: World View Seminar I (3)
CIS 101: Introduction to Computers (3)
COM 101: Speech Communication (3)
SOC 111/SOC 112: Introduction to Sociology(3)/Social Problems (3)
SCJ 104: Voices/Values/Vocations in SOC and CJ (1)
SCJ 116: Careers in Criminal Justice (3)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
ENG 101: Composition and Rhetoric (3)
REL 110: Judeo-Christian Journeys (3) or other REL Course
UDHS 121: World Civilization I (3) or other Global Awareness A Course
SCJ 212: Criminal Procedure (3)
ENG 112/260: Literature (3)
SCJ Elective


Year Two

Fall Semester
UDMA 112: Algebra (4)
BIO 125: Population, Resources, and Environment (3) or other Stewardship course
BIO 110: Human Biology (4) or other Science Lab Course
SCJ 211: Criminal Law (3)
SCJ 231: Criminology (3)

J-Term
Required

Spring Semester
WVS 201: World View Seminar II (3)
ART 111: Survey of Western Art (3) or other Aesthetics B course
RES 104: Introduction to Research Writing (3)
SCJ 232: Criminal Justice (3)
SCJ 233: Juvenile Delinquency (3)


Year Three

Fall Semester
SCJ Elective
SCJ Elective
PSY 310: Social Psychology (3)
UDLS 111: Elementary Spanish I (3) or other Global Awareness B Course

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
SCJ 485: Internship (3-9)
SOC 311/SOC 331/SOC 336: Inequalities of Race, Class, Gender(3)/Social Stratification (3)/Social Theory (3)
HWS 110: Physical Activity (1)
SCJ Elective


Year Four

Fall Semester
SCJ 495: Senior Seminar: Ethics and Criminal Justice (3)
SCJ Elective
SCJ Elective

J-Term
Recommended

Spring Semester
SCJ Elective
SCJ Elective
SCJ Elective
SCJ Elective

Teresa Nickeson
Teresa Nickeson
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24 years of information technology industry experience, McGraw-Hill, from programming intern to VP, Sales and Marketing Applications for McGraw-Hill Education.

Two years as a CIS and Accounting adjunct at Scott Community College in Bettendorf, IA.

Two years teaching CIS, Accounting and Business classes for Axia Community College (a division of Phoenix Online).

Full -time CIS instructor at University of Dubuque since 2007.

Computer Studies and Mathematics Department Chair, Associate Professor
MBA, University of Dubuque
BS, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Email: tnickeson@dbq.edu 
nickeson@willinet.net 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3183
Fax: (563) 589-3410
Office Location: 218 Dunlap Technology Center

Hythem Abdalla
Hythem Abdalla
Adjunct Professor
PhD; Engineering Science
MS, Alneelain University; Computer Science
BS, Alneelain University; Mathematics and Computer Science

Email: habdalla@dbq.edu 
hythem0101@gmail.com 

Jennifer Benson
Jennifer Benson
Assistant Professor
MAT, Webster University - St. Louis

Email: jbenson@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3272
Fax: (563) 589-3416
Office Location: 300 Smith Hall

John Christenson
John Christenson
Adjunct Instructor
Email: jchristenson@dbq.edu 
John.Christenson@BridgelineTEK.com 

Daniel Fleming
Daniel Fleming
Assistant Professor of Computer Studies
Email: Dfleming@dbq.edu 

Corissa Goertzen
Corissa Goertzen
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
PhD, University of Iowa
MA, University of South Dakota
BA, Wartburg College

Email: cgoertzen@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3413
Office Location: 225 Dunlap Technology Center

Andrew Haas
Adjunct Instructor
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Alina Klein
Alina Klein
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Alina Klein earned a B.S. in Economics at the Academy of Economics in Bucharest, Romania, in 2003, then a Ph.D. in Economics at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV, in 2010. Before joining UD, she worked as Assistant Professor of Economics at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. Alina has publications in the International Economics and International Finance fields.

Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics
PhD, West Virginia University
BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Email: AKlein@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3376
Office Location: 228 Dunlap Technology Center

Rudy Klein
Rudy Klein
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Rudy Klein received his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University (WVU) and B.S. in economics from the Academy of Economic Studies, in Bucharest, Romania. Before joining the University of Dubuque, he worked as a graduate teaching assistant at WVU, where he taught both online and traditional courses. Afterwards, he moved to Virginia and taught economics courses at Lynchburg College and Sweet Briar College. 

Assistant Professor of Economics and Mathematics
PhD, West Virginia University
BS, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania

Email: RKlein@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3681
Office Location: 219 Dunlap Technology Center

Seth Lindokken
Seth Lindokken
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Email: Slindokken@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3189
Office Location: 215 Dunlap Technology Center

Arthur Manning
Arthur Manning
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Manning has lived in Dubuque since 2001 teaching at Emmaus Bible College full-time in the computer studies deparatment. He has a specialization in robotics and high-speed image processing and pattern recognition. 

Adjunct Professor

MSEE, University of Texas-Austin
BSEE, University of Minnesota



Email: atmanning@dbq.edu 
arthur.manning@gmail.com 
Office Location: Dunlap Technology Center

Duncan Marshall
Duncan Marshall
Adjunct Professor of Computer Information Systems
Email: dmarshall@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 112 Dunlap Technology Center

Ann Mauss
Ann Mauss
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I have just started teaching as an adjunct at UD, however, I am in my 17th year teaching at Loras College.,  At Loras, I have been developing and teaching curriculum in Management Information Systems and Computer Science.  I have taught various courses within Computing and Information technology areas, some of which are of: Computing Basics,  Intro to Programming, Visual Basic Programming, Network Management, Database Management, Project Management, and Systems Engineering. 

When I am not teaching, I enjoy my time off with my husband and two sons at our home about 10 miles south of Dubuque.

Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems
MBA, Northern Illinois University

Email: amauss@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3612
Office Location: 217 Dunlap Technology Center

David McElroy
David McElroy
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David has been an EDI Specialist with McKesson Health Solutions in Dubuque since July 2012.  Previously,  he was  the Supervisor of Client File Management for Securian Financial Group in Saint Paul, MN.  McElroy has developed production applications in Java, Python, Groovy, C#, PL/1 and PERL.  He has extensive experience with Windows Server, Linux, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, DB2, TIBCO BusinessWorks, TIBCO Foresight and MySQL.

Adjunct Professor
MBA, Loras College
BS, Loras College

Email: dmcelroy@dbq.edu 
davidmcelroy21@hotmail.com 

Dawn Nelson
Dawn Nelson
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Dawn Nelson is an adjunct professor teaching Intro to Computers and Computer Applications in Business. She is on campus Tuesdays and Thursdays. Nelson is from Delmar, Iowa and has three children all in college. She enjoys spending time on the river and camping with friends. She loves teaching and working with students. Nelson especially likes helping students succeed with class struggles and/or just to listen and be a supportive ear.

Teaching Specialist Faculty

MS, Western Illinois University; Instructional Design & Technology
BA, Ashford University; Business Administration



Email: dnelson@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3462
Office Location: 219 Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center

Richard (Dick) Smith
Richard (Dick) Smith
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Richard (Dick) Smith is a frequent writer and speaker for the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association, Iowa State Council of Teachers of Mathematics, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics, and American Mathematical Association.

Associate Professor of Mathematics

MA, Loras College
BS, Loras College



Email: dsmith@dbq.edu 
joydismith@mchsi.com 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3276
Fax: (563) 589-3688
Office Location: 231 Dunlap Technology Center

Dr. Majid Tabrizi
Dr. Majid Tabrizi
Adjunct Professor
Doctor of Industrial Technology

Email: mtabrizi@dbq.edu 
tabrizi@urplatt.edu 
Office Location: 229 Dunlap Technology Center

Lori Welsh
Lori Welsh
Adjunct Professor
MBA, University of Dubuque
BA, Clarke College

Email: lwelsh@dbq.edu 
Office Location: Jackaline Dunlap Technology Center

Roseanne Wolf
Roseanne Wolf
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
PhD, University of Iowa
MS, University of Iowa
BS, Buena Vista University

Email: rwolf@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3716
Fax: (563) 589-3688
Office Location: 214 Dunlap Technology Center

G. Mark Woodhouse
G. Mark Woodhouse
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Mark is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with 20+ years of higher education teaching experience. Commercial Pilot, Multi-engine, Instrument, Advanced Ground Instructor Ratings;  Chief Firearms Instructor, Proficient Defense Training;  Chaplain with Dubuque Police Department and Sheriff's Office; Advisor, UD Computer Club;  Advisor, UD RC Pilots Club

Assistant Professor

MSCTE, Nova Southeastern University
BSEE, New Jersey Institute of Technology



Email: gwoodhouse@dbq.edu 
Office Phone: (563) 589-563.589.3233
Fax: (563) 589-3410
Office Location: 226 Dunlap Technology Center

Careers in Criminal Justice

Many careers which stem from the Criminal Justice (CJ) Program include: police officers, lawyers, probation officers, and social workers. To meet these different needs, students are offered extra-curricular opportunities and course choices that allow them to narrow their focus to their specific desires. For example, students looking to enter law enforcement have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular training programs and seminars on campus with local police officers. Likewise, students looking to experience other aspects of the legal field can compete on UD's mediation and moot court teams. Additionally, CJ students participate in student organizations like the Justice League, a group focused on social justice and helping students to achieve their career and higher education goals.

BA Opportunities

A criminal justice degree provides entry into the following careers and/or entry to the graduate study necessary to pursue the following careers:

Law Enforcement: police, sheriff, state police/state patrol, federal law enforcement, FBI, postal service, DEA, border patrol, Secret Service, Homeland Security, and US Marshal Service.

Courts: attorney, security, bailiff, investigator

Corrections: city/county jail, state prison, federal prison, juvenile probation, juvenile correction/detention centers, adult parole/probation

Private Security: industrial, financial, residential, loss prevention, health/safety compliance (OSHA)

Post-graduate Opportunities

Many students with sociology and criminal justice majors have gone on to graduate school to prepare for careers in social science fields such as anthropology, criminal justice, education, ethnic studies, history, international human rights, law, non-profit management, public policy, psychology, sociology, social justice, and social work.

Successful Outcomes

Anna Stoeffler BS, 2013 Criminal Justice

As a student in the Criminal Justice Program you will have the opportunity to learn from professors that have the experience to teach you what you need to know to excel in your course work.  The professors will be able to guide you in a wide variety of criminal justice areas.  By learning from the experiences shared in the classroom, I was better prepared for a career in criminal justice.