B.S. in Criminal Justice
|General Education Requirements|
|English Composition requirements||6|
|Public Speaking requirement||3|
|Behavioral & Social Science requirements||6|
|Diverse Communities requirement||3|
|Writing Emphasis requirements||9|
|Major Requirements 1|
|CRJ 110||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJ 210||Theories of Crime and Delinquency||3|
|CRJ 287||Policing in America||3|
|CRJ 300||Criminal Law||3|
|CRJ 387||Elements of Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJ 400||Criminal Procedure||3|
|CRJ 490||Practicum (a 12-credit practicum offered only in the summer)||12|
|Major Electives 1|
|Select 27 semester hours||27|
|Total Minimum Credits Required||120|
A minimum grade of C is required in all criminal justice courses. CRJ 300, CRJ 387, CRJ 400, and CRJ 490 must be taken at West Chester University and are not typically transferable from any other college or university.
Accelerated B.S. in Criminal Justice and M.S. in Criminal Justice Program
B.S. in Criminal justice students are required to take 21 credits of student electives. Students in the Accelerated B.S. to M.S. program can fulfill up to 12 of those 21 elective credits with graduate-level coursework.
|Criminal Justice Electives||12|
|Comparative Criminal Justice Systems|
|Criminal Behavior And The Law|
|Leadership/Management Strategies for CRJ Professionals|
|CRJ System: Contemporary and Ethical Issues|
|Research Design & Data Analysis 1|
|Criminal Jurisprudence 2|
|Crime Mapping and Analysis|
|Corporate and Financial Crime|
|Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement|
|Advances in Law Enforcement Technology|
|Advanced Interviewing Skills for CRJ Professional|
|Topical Seminar in Criminal Justice|
|Applied Legal Studies|
|Victimology: Theory, Research and Practice|
|Contemporary Issues In Corrections|
|Gender, Crime and Justice|
|Bioterrorism, Bio-Crises & Public Health|
|Controversial Criminal Jurisprudence|
|Independent Studies in Criminal Justice|
CRJ 508 requires a prerequisite of CRJ 387.
CRJ 509 requires a prerequisite of CRJ 400.
CRJ 600 requires a prerequisite of CRJ 508. CRJ 600 can only be taken once the student has matriculated in the graduate program.
Enrollment in CRJ 110 and CRJ 210 is open to all students. However, enrollment in most other criminal justice courses is limited to criminal justice majors, criminal justice minors, and to those students who have received special permission from the department chairperson. Also, a grade of C or better is required in CRJ 110 before any other CRJ course may be taken, with the only exception being CRJ 210. Admission to the program is competitive, and enrollment in such restricted courses is no assurance of admission into the major (nor is acceptance into the minor program assurance of future acceptance into the major). Students wishing to change their majors to criminal justice must apply to the department. Evaluation of applications is based on academic performance, writing ability, and other relevant data.
Students should generally have a GPA of at least 2.5 to apply for admission to the program. A 2.5 average or better must be earned in the aggregate of lower- and upper-division courses before graduation will be recommended.
NOTE: This program deviates from the Anticipated Time for Degree Completion outlined in the Academic Policies section of the catalog since the program requires the completion of requirements that can only be met in the summer.
To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.