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
A criminal justice degree helps you prepare for a career in one of several criminal justice fields. Graduates often enter state and local police work, or probation and parole work, with both adults and juveniles. Some enter federal law enforcement or federal corrections, while others use the degree to enter graduate school or law school.
Why a major in criminal justice might be the right choice for you:
- Is it your passion to help make society a safer place?
- Do you have a desire to work with people from different cultures and help youth and adults overcome challenges to become productive members of society?
- Do you want to develop your writing skills and learn to work with others by thinking through issues as part of a team to prepare you for success in the workplace or in a graduate program or law school?
Whatever your choice, you will leave Widener with a well-rounded, well-grounded knowledge of the criminal justice system.
Widener's criminal justice program gives you the opportunity to do internships with numerous departments and organizations. Take part of these and get involved. There are also professors that have many connections...These professors will go above and beyond to help you succeed.
Majoring in Criminal Justice at Widener
Associate Professor Dr. Shana Maier talks about the unique advantage Widener gives criminal justice majors to learn from both distinguished faculty and expert practitioners in the field.
- Law enforcement (local, state, and federal)
- Probation/parole officer
- Correctional officer
- Substance abuse and behavioral disorder counselor
- Victim's advocate
- Youth correctional counselor
- Cyber security
- Public policy analyst
There is a continued demand for law enforcement, probation/parole officers, and correctional personnel to maintain and improve public safety and rehabilitate offenders. Job prospects are increasing for employment in privately run prisons, cyber security, and legal work.
- Chester Police Department
- Ocean City, Maryland Police Department
- New York State Police
- New Castle, Delaware Police
- Montgomery County Adult Probation
- Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Special Investigations
- Lima, Delaware County Juvenile Detention Center
- Delaware County Juvenile Probation
- Diakon Youth Services, Delaware County PA
- Zabell & Associates P.C. Law Firm
- Essex County Prosecutor's Office