The purpose of the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is to prepare students to enter or advance in jobs within the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, corrections, and the courts. Upon completion of the undergraduate program, some students may also consider graduate study in law or criminology (sociology). A certificate program in criminal justice is also available.
Program of Study
The Criminal Justice program is dedicated to providing the theoretical, practical, and professional knowledge needed in today’s environment to be successful in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, courts, probation, parole, private security, and the related service careers. Emphasis is placed upon preparing students to enter the professional workplace, grow in their current position, or continue studies in graduate school. The curriculum is designed to provide students with expert instruction on the most current trends, policies, and practices in the field. The goal is to prepare students to become scholarly practitioners in their chosen profession. Further, the General Education Requirements courses, required of all Wilmington University undergraduates, provide a well-rounded academic foundation.
This is not a “one size fits all” major, but one that provides variety in the course selection to encourage each individual student to build a personal program for the future with the assistance of an Academic Advisor.
Students have “out of class” opportunities through membership in the Criminal Justice Association to experience site visits to a variety of criminal justice agencies and meet with practitioners in the field. Internships provide students with an insider’s view of the many facets of the criminal justice field under the guidance of a full-time faculty member. The major also offers a summer study abroad program that awards credit for the opportunity to study criminal justice systems of other countries. The program is offered statewide, with day and evening classes in New Castle, and evening classes in Dover and Georgetown, Delaware, and in New Jersey at the Burlington County College and Cumberland County College locations.
Minimum Grade Policy
The Criminal Justice program requires a minimum grade of “C-” for program core courses. Students receiving a grade lower than “C-” in any required program core course must retake that course.
CAP (Community and Academic Partnerships)/Co-op Program
In order to provide relevant work experience, students in the Criminal Justice degree program have the option of completing six credit hours via a Co-op assignment. The Co-op option allows students to complete core courses in CRJ 303 Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations and CRJ 450 Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice in a supervised educational work setting related to the student’s major field of study. If students select the Co-op option, both CRJ 303 and CRJ 450 in Co-op format are required. Alternative core courses may also be available for Co-op depending on the field placement. Each Co-op assignment is one semester long and normally the two Co-op assignments span two consecutive semesters with the same employer. In order to be eligible, students must have at least 60 credits, plus a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must inform the Director of the CAP/Co-op program and the Criminal Justice Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a Co-op assignment.
For additional information on the CAP/Co-op program option, please see the website: www.wilmu.edu/coop/.
CRJ 303 Administration of Criminal Justice Organizations
CRJ 450 Seminar in Criminal Justice
CTA 206 Computer Applications
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
HUM 381 Contemporary Global Issues
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
All criminal justice core courses have the Prerequisite(s) of CRJ 101 and CRJ 205 unless otherwise stated. Non-criminal justice majors who wish to take a course as a free elective should contact the Program Chair for a waiver.
CRJ 101 Survey of Criminal Justice
CRJ 205 Principles of Criminology
CRJ 206 Corrections and Rehabilitation
CRJ 301 Juvenile Justice
CRJ 304 Constitutional Law
CRJ 316 Criminal Law
CRJ 318 Criminal Investigation
CRJ 341 Community Corrections
CRJ 350 Computer Operations in Criminal Justice
CRJ 410 Multicultural Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ 411 Criminal Evidence and Procedures
CRJ 412 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRJ 413 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
Courses beginning with the prefix CRJ, LES, ORG, POL, PSY, or SOC may be used as criminal justice electives.
FYE 101 First Year Experience Seminar
Core Elective: Core electives are courses that begin with the prefix of CRJ, LES, ORG, POL, PSY, SOC.
Natural Science Elective
Upper Level Behavioral Science Elective
CRJ to MAJ Accelerated Option
This accelerated option will allow eligible CRJ students to have the option of taking up to two selected graduate level courses in place of selected CRJ courses and the opportunity to be formally accepted into the MAJ program prior to completion of the B.S. in Criminal Justice degree.
In order to be eligible, students must have completed 90 undergraduate credits, completed all required 100 and 200 level CRJ courses, as well as CRJ 303 and CRJ 350. Furthermore those students seeking approval for the CRJ/MAJ accelerated option must have obtained an overall GPA of 3.50 or better. Courses taken at the graduate level will fulfill the requirements for both programs.
Students interested in making application may secure the necessary forms and begin the approval process with the Chair of the undergraduate criminal justice program.