Criminal Justice Department

West Chester University

Criminal Justice Department
200A Ruby Jones Hall
West Chester University
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-2647
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair
mbrewster@wcupa.edu




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The study of criminal justice continues to be a popular choice for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Some students are attracted to the problems and challenges of a rapidly changing field.  Others are looking to increase their knowledge base to advance in their chosen professions.  The criminal justice degree provides career-oriented individuals the opportunity to obtain employment and/or career advancement positions in a number of public and private agencies, including crime victims' centers, law offices, child welfare agencies, juvenile delinquency centers, offices of the district attorney and/or public defender, probation and parole offices, correctional facilities, and law enforcement agencies.

The Department of Criminal Justice at West Chester University has been serving the criminal justice community since 1974.  As one of the first academic criminal justice programs on the East Coast, the department has been and remains on the cutting edge of the discipline.  It continues to grow, evolve, and keep pace with the developments and advancements in the field. West Chester University's Department of Criminal Justice provides an excellent education for both new criminal justice students and seasoned professionals.

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Students & Alum

  • “West Chester University's Criminal Justice Department gave me the skills and confidence I needed in order to perform as a Police Officer. The courses, practicum, professors and staff were each an integral part of the preparation I needed to help me gain full time employment in the criminal justice field.” - Officer Nathan P. Kutz, Badge #8306, Ocean City Police Department, Maryland

  • "The West Chester University Criminal Justice Department delivers an uncompromising level of excellence and dedication, providing students with the edge needed to compete in today's difficult job market." - Paul Iffrig (Class of 2013) and President of the Criminal Justice Club

  • Brandon Oyama (Class of 2014) is a junior at WdCU. He transfered to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and is a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He is looking forward to completing his practicum this summer with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state. Brandon states, "WCU was a good choice for me. The faculty are helpful, the courses are interesting and relevant to my future occupation."

  • Mary-Elizabeth Keeney (Class of 2013) is the current president of the Criminal Justice Honor Society and a Fast-Track student. Mary-Elizabeth completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security and is looking forward to graduating with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. As a Fast-Track student, she will earn her Master's Degree in 2014.