Dr. Donna S. Kochis, Chairperson
The curriculum in Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary career program offering sociological, psychological, business management, and administrative preparation for students planning to enter the field of criminal justice in the American legal system. The program offers professional preparation through the study of criminal justice, sociology, psychology, business management, liberal arts and the science of investigation.
The curriculum prepares the student through specialized courses with the necessary knowledge of the subject field and the professional skills and state-of- the-art techniques required for a successful career. The curriculum integrates theory and practice for the development of the individual along with sound philosophical insights for understanding society and the ideals of the American system of justice.
Additionally, the curriculum offers to current practicing criminal justice personnel opportunities for continued professional growth and to assist in the educational growth and development of the communities served by the University. The DelVal program fosters the advancement of knowledge and professionalism in the American legal system.
The curriculum helps to prepare the individual for management careers in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, security, and other aspects of the judicial system. It also serves as a preparation for students considering graduate or law school.
The total number of credits required for graduation with a degree in Criminal Justice Administration is 124, which includes 4 credits for completion of the Experiential Learning Program.
The Experiential Learning Program (ExLP) at Delaware Valley University is a graduation requirement for all full-time undergraduate students. Students can choose from multiple experiential learning activities and will earn 4 credits for the ExLP depending on their major’s program requirements.
• Full-time undergraduate students must complete a minimum of two experiential learning activities with at least one for academic credit.
• Students must have completed 27 credits to enroll in Experiential Learning Activities.
• All students must complete an introductory course prior to enrolling in any Experiential Learning Activities.
Students must consult with their Department Chair for specific major requirements to complete the Experiential Learning Program.