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Department of Criminal Justice

“The Criminal Justice Program is one of the most engaging and stimulating majors here at Chowan, but it’s fun at the same time. We take real life scenarios and apply them to the things that we have learned, and then the professors get you to solve the "mystery". It was definitely the major for me!”
- Samantha Burgess, graduating Criminal Justice major

Criminal Justice is one of our nation's fastest
growing occupational fields!

Students in Chowan University’s Department of Criminal Justice will learn to evaluate moral and ethical issues they will face everyday in their careers to come, as well as learning to think critically and communicate clearly in the face of diverse challenges.

By combining dynamic courses like:

  • Corporate and White Collar Crime
  • Arson Investigation
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Drug Use and Abuse in Society
  • Probation and Parole
  • And Police-Community Relations

With real world work experience through internship opportunities in

  • City
  • County
  • State
  • And Federal Agencies

The Department of Criminal Justice at Chowan University can fully engage your individual interests in criminal investigation, law enforcement, and litigation. Our highly skilled professors use student-centered learning integrated with a Criminal Justice education, strategies in Sociology, and a Pre-Law Program, to prepare all our students for captivating careers in a variety of public service professions.

Department of Criminal Justice - Faculty

Bert Wyatt

Bert Wyatt
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice

2010 Alpha Chi Teacher of the Year

"One of the major strengths of the Criminal Justice Department is its nurturing atmosphere. The criminal justice faculty maintains good rapport with its current students, as well as, former criminal justice students who have graduated from the university."

Professor Bert Wyatt is also the advisor to the Chowan Criminal Justice Department's Lambda Alpha Epsilon National Criminal Justice Society. He is also the faculty representative from the Criminal Justice Department for the newly formed Chowan Faculty/Staff Association. Professor Wyatt was selected for a second term as a board member with the Choanoke Area Development Association (CADA). He is also the advisor and coordinator to the Chowan University Pre-Law Program. He is a former police officer and was a private investigator for 10 years.

Bert came to work at Chowan University in 2001.


  • Master’s degree from Washington State University.
  • Additional graduate study at Florida State University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
  • B.A. from Virginia State University
  • Attended the State of Washington Police Academy.

Courses Taught:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Theories of Corrections
  • Principles of Law Enforcement
  • Theories of Criminology
  • Juvenile Delinquency

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Dr. Hinkle

William G. Hinkle
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice


"I enjoy the study of American prisons and prison history."


  • BA, forensic studies, Indiana University
  • MPA, public affairs, Indiana University
  • Ph.D. sociology, Western Michigan University

Courses Taught:

  • Intro to Criminal Justice
  • Intro to Sociology
  • Social Problems and Deviance
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Penology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Sociological Theory
  • Criminological Theory
  • Probation and Parole
  • Community Based Corrections
  • Senior Seminar


Martin Luther King Public Service Award, 2004


School Violence, Sage Publications, 2000.

Careers in Criminal Justice, Waveland Press 2000.

Bridewell Prison: 1552-1700, Mellen Press, 2006.

The Decisive Decade in the Establishment of a Reformatory System of Prison Discipline: 1867-1877, Mellen Press, 2012.

The Elmira Reformatory, Arcadia Press, 2014

The Elmira Reformatory: 1878-1900, forthcoming from Mellen Press in 2014.


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