Schools and Departments

We've come a long way from our beginning in 1821 as a Quaker school for boys.

Since then, the institution now known as Widener University has been a prep school, a military academy, and a small college before transforming into the dynamic metropolitan university it is today. Yet throughout its history, Widener University has maintained its commitment to producing leaders in fields ranging from engineering and health care to business and education.

Widener's academic offerings are distributed across eight individual centers of learning:

College of Arts & Sciences

The foundation of the university, A&S provides general education for all students and major courses of study for those interested in the liberal arts. The college also houses master's programs in criminal justice, liberal studies, and public administration.

School of Engineering

Engineering at Widener dates back to 1862, and the School of Engineering continues its long tradition of creating leaders in various engineering fields. It offers baccalaureate and graduate programs in biomedical, civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering.

School of Nursing

Formerly the Crozer College of Nursing, Widener's School of Nursing opened in 1966 and marked the first time women were admitted as students.

School of Business Administration

Originally called the School of Management prior to 1996, this school served as one of the institution's oldest. Widener has been granting degrees in economics since 1918.

School of Hospitality Management

Formerly known as the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management, this school opened on Widener's Delaware Campus in 1981 before moving to Main Campus in Chester seven years later.

School of Law

The only law school in the state of Delaware, the Widener University School of Law serves students in Wilmington, Del., and Harrisburg, Pa.

School of Human Service Professions

Founded in 1993, the Widener University School of Human Service Professions offers baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees in the fields of clinical psychology, human sexuality, physical therapy, and social work.

School of Education, Innovation, & Continuing Studies

Widener University's newest school, it was created in 2012 through the merger of the Center for Education and Widener's acclaimed University College, which has offered adult undergraduate education since 1980.