Criminal Justice Department
West Chester University
Criminal Justice Department
College of Business and Public Management
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383
Mary Brewster, Ph.D., Department Chair
The minor in Criminal Justice is designed to meet the needs of those students whose central academic or vocational are in areas peripheral to Criminal Justice. Students who are majoring in accounting, communications, computer science, political science, psychology, public administration or sociology may desire a secondary expertise in Criminal Justice to facilitate particular career goals. The Department maintains a strong minor program to meet the needs of these students.
The Department considers applications to the Minor during the first three weeks of the fall and spring semesters each year. Students may obtain an application from the Department secretary. Honor students may apply at any time. Applicants should have an overall grade point average of at least 2.5. Students' applications will be reviewed by Department faculty and will be evaluated on the basis of: grade point average, number and rigor of courses taken, writing skills (an essay is required in the application) and suitability to the major. All students will be required to adhere to the Department of Criminal Justice Code of Conduct.
Minors are assigned to a faculty advisor to assist in course planning and selection. Copies of student advising sheets and program records are readily available to all students. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisors each semester.
* Prerequisite of C or better in CRJ110
** Prerequisites: C or better in CRJ 110, CRJ 210 and WRT 200
*** Prerequisites: C or better in CRJ 300 and CRJ 387
“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) transferred to WCU from Green River Community College in Washington State and was a member of the Men's Tennis Team. He completed his practicum with the Pierce County Juvenile Court in his home state of Washington. 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) served as the first president of Nu Beta, a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice Honor Society). She completed her practicum with the Department of Homeland Security.