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



Advising Program

Each student is assigned a faculty advisor upon admission to the Criminal Justice program. Advisors help students with academic planning and some aspects of career planning on an informal, individualized basis. It is the student's responsibility to arrange for conferences with their advisors, and to follow University and Department procedures and policies. Faculty post office hours during the Fall and Spring semesters, and are available for academic advisement during those hours. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their advisors at least once every semester. The student, however, is ultimately responsible for knowing University and Department policies and procedures, and for ensuring that all graduation requirements are met. Students who transfer from other colleges or universities must have their transcripts evaluated by the Registrar's Office, and then work with the Department Transfer Advisor in their first semester to ensure that all courses have been accurately assessed.

Scheduling and Registration

Students prepare schedules for the succeeding semester by the following procedures:

  1. Preparation of a tentative schedule by the student following the Undergraduate Program Record.
  2. Consultation with the student's faculty advisor.
  3. Official registration at the place and time listed on the University's website. In preparing schedules, students are reminded that they themselves (not their faculty advisors) are responsible for the scheduling and completion of all graduation requirements. Thus, all undergraduate students should maintain an accurate record of their academic progress on the Undergraduate Program Record provided.

Career Planning

To assist our students in their career planning, the Criminal Justice Department has compiled an Agency Database which contains information regarding local, state, federal and private criminal justice agencies. For those students seeking entrance to law school, the Pre-Law Director provides information on placement tests and entrance requirements. In addition, the University Career Development Office can provide information regarding the United States Civil Service Commission on Federal Employment.


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 WCU. 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.