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

Why WCU?

Over 35 years of experience . . .

The Department of Criminal Justice has been educating students and practitioners since 1974.  Over the years our program has developed into one of the strongest criminal justice program in the region.  Our graduates (both undergraduate and graduate) go on to represent WCU in a variety of criminal justice positions ranging from police officers to lawyers, from victim advocates to special agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigations.  The mission of West Chester University's Department of Criminal Justice is to provide a high quality, broad-based, interdisciplinary to undergraduate (B.S.) and graduate (M.S.) students seeking expertise or professional advancement in the criminal justice sciences.

Highly educated and experienced faculty members . . .

West Chester University employs faculty who have earned advanced degrees from respected institutions and have extensive experience in the field. We supplement our full-time faculty with part-time adjuncts who are currently working in the criminal justice system.  This integration of education and practice creates a classroom based on real-world experience.  Our faculty members have a broad range of expertise in the field of criminal justice which allows WCU to offer a wide variety of classes to meet the needs and interests of students.

Premiere Practicum program . . .

One of the unique features of a WCU Criminal Justice program is the requirement of a full-time, twelve week summer Practicum in which students in their junior or senior years experience employment in the criminal justice system first hand. Over the last three decades we have developed relationships with over 600 local, state, federal, and private organizations where our students are gladly accepted for summer Practicum.  Many students receive job offers from their Practicum agencies either immediately after Practicum or upon completion of their degree.

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.