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Criminal Justice


We also offer a MINOR in Criminal Justice.

The criminal justice major at Wilmington College offers students the opportunity to pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, and law. Criminal Justice majors examine the institutions, procedures, and techniques involved in the identification and apprehension of suspects, the enforcement of criminal laws, and the reintegration of offenders. They also analyze the rights of victims and the prospects for victim-offender reconciliation.

The interdisciplinary program of study combines course work in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and political science. In addition to core courses in law enforcement, corrections, criminal law and investigation, and statistics, the curriculum enables students to choose from an array of electives that provide necessary background for career placement and further education.


8-Semester Plans are provided by programs to assist students in planning which courses to take during each of their eight semesters of college.



Note: The most up-to-date curriculum is available via the current catalog.

A total of 40 semester hours with grades of “C-“or better required.

Criminal Justice Core:

CJ130 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
CJ231 Juvenile Justice (4)
CJ234 Police, Law, and Society (4)
CJ331 Corrections (4)
CJ339 Criminal Law and Investigation (4)
SS380 Research in the Social Sciences (4)

SS481 Senior Research Seminar (4)
SS498 Applied Social Justice Capstone (4)


Select 12 hours from the following.

CJ201G International Criminal Justice (4)
CJ336 Victimology (4)
CJ350 Topics in Criminal Justice (4)
CJ430 Homicide and the Death Penalty (4)
CJ435 Forensic Psychology (4)
CJ470 Internship (4)
PS231G Human Rights and the Judicial Process* (4)
PS340 Constitutional Law* (4)
PS343 Public Policy and Advocacy (4)
PY433 Abnormal Psychology* (4)
SY230 The Sociology of Crime and Deviance (4)

* prerequisite required.