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Contact

  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Social Sciences Division
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 226
    • tel: 610-499-4365
    • fax: 610-499-4603
  • Lauren Shermer, PhD

    • Criminal Justice Chair
    • Kapelski Learning Center, Room 232
    • tel: 610-499-4529
    • fax: 610-499-4603
    • loshermer@widener.edu

Curriculum, Criminal Justice

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A criminal justice degree prepares students for careers in corrections, the court system, probation, police work, and other law-related professions. The program prepares students for graduate work in criminal justice and other social science related fields, as well as law school. 

Core requirements for the criminal justice major include:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (CJ 105)
  • Criminology (SOC 201)
  • Law Enforcement (CJ 205)
  • Criminal Courts (CJ 210)
  • Correctional System (CJ 215)
  • Juvenile Justice (CJ 315)
  • Criminal Law and Procedure (CJ 325)
  • Research Methods and Laboratory in Criminal Justice (CJ 382)
  • Statistical Methods (Psych 385)
  • Ethics in Criminal Justice (CJ 405)
  • Senior Research (CJ 409 & CJ 410)
  • Internship (CJ 423)

See below for a selection of courses students may take as electives.

CJ 225 Principles of Criminal Investigation

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the investigative process, beginning with the detection of a crime and culminating with the presentation of the case in court. Students examine crime scene searches and identify the elements of crime, as defined in legal rules of evidence and criminal procedure as appropriate. 

CJ 235 Race/Ethnicity, Class, Crime, and Justice

This course focuses on how various dimensions of social stratification influence the nature and types of crimes committed, responses of the criminal justice system to such crime, and strategies for reform.

CJ 240 Domestic Terrorism

This course explores terrorism by Americans on American soil such as the Oklahoma City Bombing, eco-terrorism, the D.C. Snipers, hate groups, and political assassinations, as well as the U.S. governmental response to such events. Student learns the organizational structure and philosophies behind events and theoretical perspectives that explain them.

CJ 268 Cyber Crime

This course will review the history of cybercrime, types of cybercrime, laws that pertain to cybercrime, and efforts by state and U.S. federal law enforcement to combat cybercrime. The role of and investigations by computer forensic experts will also be explored as well as recent cybercrime cases.

CJ 310 Criminal Violence in America

This honors course provides students with an overview of criminal violence in America. To this end, the class explores violent offenses and behaviors by discussing the frequency of and theoretical explanations for such violence and criminal justice policy responses to criminal violence.


For more information about courses and requirements for criminal justice, please refer to our course catalog.