Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation


UW-Stout's Criminal Justice and Rehabilitation program will prepare graduates to work in criminal justice positions such as probation and parole agents, correctional treatment specialists, juvenile services, and diversion court programs. Program curriculum will develop students’ oral and written communication skills, critical thinking skills, ability to apply ethical and legal standards in decision making, interpersonal and social skills, understanding of diversity in criminal justice, organizational skills, and ability to examine and analyze individual needs. 

High School Preparation


Graduates find employment with the courts as a Diversion Court Coordinator in Victim Witness programs, and Deferred Plea Agreement programs. Correctional Treatment Specialists are involved in a variety of rehabilitation-focused programs. Other graduate find work in Juvenile Services, working in Juvenile Probation, Residential programs (group homes), Mental Health programs for teens, and Alternative School programs.

Salaries range from $30,000 to $45,000.

Explore Your Courses:

» Sample Freshman Schedule

Introduction to Rehabilitation
Community Resources
Freshman English - Composition I or Freshman English - Honors I
Natural Sciences Selective
Fundamentals of Speech

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
Freshman English - Composition II or Freshman English - Honors II
Analytic Reasoning Selective
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.

» Courses You May Take in the Major

Introduction to Rehabilitation
An introduction to serving people with disabilities. Philosophy, history, legislation, concepts and processes, and careers in rehabilitation services.

Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
Subjective, objective, ethnic/cultural, and environmental factors related to the disability experience.

Rehabilitation and Criminal Justice
Criminal justice system: process and individual rights. Crime data and criminal law, policing, adjudication. Process roles of corrections and professionals. Disability: demographics, issues and responses.

Rehabilitation Practicum
Community based learning in application of rehabilitation concepts and principles. Includes weekly seminar for critique and skill development.

Rehabilitation of Public Offenders
Emphasis on programs designed to rehabilitate persons who are public offenders and sociological issues connected with the judicial system.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Goals and processes of psychiatric rehabilitation. Knowledge and application of skills for integrating diagnosis into planning and intervention with a focus on rehabilitation services for individuals with long-term mental illness in community-based settings.

Rehabilitation and Chemical Dependency
Chemical use and abuse with emphasis on the rehabilitation of persons who are chemically dependent and the historical and sociological implications of drug usage.

Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse
Major concepts, current trends, and culturally sensitive approaches in the assessment, prevention and treatment of adolescent alcohol and drug addiction.

Work Adjustment Services
Principles and procedures of adjustment services. Emphasis upon the change and improvement of behavior. Supervised practical experience in interviewing, behavior observation, individual work adjustment planning, lesson plan development and report writing.

Job Placement Processes
Placement theory and methods used to assist people with disabilities to obtain appropriate employment.

Introduction to Basic Counseling Skills
Develop basic helping skills including active listening; problem solving, goal setting, and decision-making; conflict resolution; information giving; assertion skills; and making referrals. Applicable when basic counseling is an appropriate helping response and also in any interpersonal relationship, including people with disability and ethnic diversity issues.

Sociological analysis of structure and function of criminal law, variables of criminal behavior and operation of criminal justice system.

Sociology of Minority Groups
Social/psychological aspects of interaction between majority and minority groups; trends among minorities in the United States.

Lifespan Human Development
Lifespan individual development. Critical examination of influences on individual development across the lifespan.

See our Undergraduate Bulletin for more information on these courses.


Contact Information

Kyle Kleist, Program Director
250E Vocational Rehabilitation Building
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751-0790

Phone: 715-232-2490

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