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:
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.
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.
Formerly the Crozer College of Nursing, Widener's School of Nursing opened in 1966 and marked the first time women were admitted as students.
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.
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.
The only law school in the state of Delaware, the Widener University School of Law serves students in Wilmington, Del., and Harrisburg, Pa.
Founded in 1993, the Widener University School of Human Service Professions offers baccalaurate, master's and doctoral degrees in the fields of clinical psychology, human sexuality, physical therapy, and social work.
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.
Dean Fred Akl
Professor Fred A. Akl, dean of the School of Engineering, discusses his work with NASA during the STS-63 and STS-71 space shuttle missions.
At the Health Annex
Lynn Freda, a nurse and graduate student in Widener's Family Nurse Practitioner master's program, talks about her experiences working with Dr. Shirlee Drayton-Brooks, associate professor at the School of Nursing.
Dr. Marina Barnett
Dr. Marina Barnett, associate professor in the Center for Social Work Education, talks about the leadership qualities she sees in her students. Also, Dr. Barnett gives an amazing Widener rallying cry. Check it out!
Catherine Rawlings '14
Catherine Rawlings, a junior from West Chester, Pa., talks about why she participates in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program at Widener.
Dr. Jeannette Wyatt
Assistant Professor Jenny Wyatt discusses the work and impact of the Widener Center for Violence Prevention.
Dr. Nadine McHenry
Associate Professor Nadine McHenry talks about the importance of exposing teacher candidates to schoolchildren from different contexts.