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
West Chester University's Department of Criminal Justice offers its students an opportunity that is unique among undergraduate programs. Our students are required to work full-time over one summer in an approved criminal justice agency. Criminal justice is an applied discipline making the advantages of such a program numerous. Students
We currently maintain a database of over 600 local, state, federal, and private organizations where are students are gladly accepted for summer practicum. Access the Criminal Justice Practicum database here (username and password required).
What do students think of the practicum experience?
"This was an extraordinary experience and a wonderful grand finale to my undergraduate education. It offers a real insiders view of the system."
"This has been the best class/experience of my whole college career. It is why I chose WCU over other schools."
"I chose West Chester's Department of Criminal Justice specifically because of its practicum program, and I'm so glad I did. I would recommend this experience to every student."
What do practicum agency supervisors think of the practicum program and WCU students?
"Your students are very well-prepared for this work. They had an excellent sense of the issues related to our agency, and a mature and respectful attitude. I was impressed by how engaged and motivated these students were."
"The practicum program at the Department of Criminal Justice is a win-win as far as we are concerned. The student has the opportunity to gain real-world experience, and the agency has the advantage of assistance from well-educated and enthusiastic students."
“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.