Criminal Justice

The administration of justice has been a chief concern for societies throughout history.

Yet in order to keep pace with technological, economic, and social changes, criminal justice systems across the globe have been forced to adapt. Police departments and law enforcement agencies need leaders to help guide organizations through these periods of change.

At Widener, undergraduate students majoring in criminal justice are given broad-based training in theory and research related to the criminal justice system at local, state, and federal levels. Through coursework that explores the interrelations between theory, research, and practice, students are acquainted with crime — and the criminal justice system — within the context of the social and behavioral sciences.

Rigorous Academics

Students majoring in criminal justice are challenged to develop the analytical and research skills they will need to serve as leaders in criminal justice systems. For a strong foundation, students take classes in political science, psychology, and sociology before diving deep into upper division coursework that focuses on topics specific to criminal justice.

Majors in criminal justice can choose to double major in Political Science. For students interested in a criminal justice career that intersects with business law, Widener offers a certificate in accounting through a partnership with the School of Business Administration.

Devoted Faculty

Criminal justice students at Widener develop strong mentoring relationships with faculty, whose interests in criminal justice range from policing and delinquency to the psychological underpinnings of deviant behavior. Undergraduates also have opportunities to not only work with faculty members on research, but also gain experience in putting that research into practice through programs like Chester Youth Court.