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The Program

Wheeling Jesuitís Criminal Justice major prepares you for entrance to a broad range of careers that demand effective writing, speaking and critical thinking skills. This major offers a solid, rigorous course of instruction in criminal justice that will allow you to successfully compete after graduation, whether you decide to pursue graduate school, law school, or employment opportunities. The term criminal justice refers to an area of knowledge concerned with understanding an controlling crime through scientific administration of police, court and correctional agencies. 

The Opportunities

The criminal justice system offers numerous career opportunities and is attractive to a wide variety of people. Career alternatives available to graduates include: corporate security, computer security specialist, federal law enforcement, Forensic Chemist enforcement, community correctional counselor, state and county law, judge, municipal police officer, and research and teaching.  Many students combine criminal justice with psychology, business, political science, chemistry biology or technology.  Combining disciplines gives students the knowledge and skills to be leaders in their chosen fields. 

As Criminal Justice majors, students will complete supervised internships with justice-related agencies.  Over the last four years, Wheeling Jesuit University students completed internships with a variety of agencies, including:  the U.S. Secret Service, the U.S. Federal Attorney's Office, the Pennsylvania Department of Probation and Parole, the West Virginia Forensic Crime Lab, the State of Ohio Department of Corrections and the New York City District Attorney's Office.  These internships often lead to permanent jobs, and Wheeling Jesuit University maintains extensive contacts with justice system agencies around the world.

Facilities & Faculty

Wheeling Jesuit University's classrooms feature the latest technologies to aid teaching and learning. The professors are experienced teachers and scholars, and have excellent reputations in our region and nation. Their record of accomplishments and personal dedication to their students is outstanding at Wheeling Jesuit, and they are deeply committed to the Jesuit tradition of education.  Faculty members set aside time before and after classes to make themselves available to meet their students' needs, which is a proven formula for success.  For more information, contact Dr. Lawrence Driscoll, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, at

For more information on how Wheeling Jesuit can help you realize your potential and own your future, call 1-800-624-6992 or e-mail admiss@wju.edu or visit Wheeling Jesuit online at www.wju.edu

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