The criminal justice program is administered by the Political Science Department, with courses taught by faculty in several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. As a multidisciplinary program with a liberal arts emphasis, students are exposed to an array of perspectives and approaches from several academic orientations.
Dr. Randall Beger joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 1991. He received his Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1985). Dr. Beger teaches Youth Crime and Juvenile Justice (crmj/soc 302), Police in Society (crmj 319), and Confinement and Corrections (crmj 342). His research areas focus on juvenile justice policy and youth rights issues.
Dr. Justin Patchin joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2004. He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University (2004). His research areas focus on policy and program evaluation, juvenile delinquency prevention, and school violence. Dr. Patchin teaches Survey of Criminal Justice (crmj/soc 103) and Criminology Theory (crmj 301).
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Dr. Jason Spraitz joined the faculty at UW-Eau Claire in the fall of 2011. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2011). His research interests are parenting and criminal behavior, survey development, myths and realities of crime in popular media, and consequences of crime registries. Dr. Spraitz teaches Survey of the Criminal Justice System (CRMJ/SOC 103) and Crime Prevention (as a Special Topic; CRMJ 291).