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Degree Requirements

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    The criminology and criminal justice major prepares students for work in the criminal justice system.

    The major also is appropriate preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and law. The major gives students a strong foundation in criminology and sociology while simultaneously emphasizing how academic knowledge can be applied in occupational settings.

    Skills can be developed in oral and written communication, critical thinking, scientific research methods, statistics and computerized data analysis.

  • Career Opportunities

    Law Enforcement Careers

    • Canine Officer / K9 Handler
    • Police Officer
    • Park Ranger
    • Detective

    Federal Law Enforcement Careers

    • FBI Special Agent
    • CIA Agent
    • Federal Air Marshal
    • Diplomatic Security Special Agent

    Correctional Careers

    • Correctional Officer
    • Parole Officer
    • Probation Officer
    • Victim Witness Assistant

    Forensic Science / CSI Careers

    • Latent/Finger Print Examiner
    • Forensic Examiner
    • Forensic Pathologist
    • Forensic Toxicologist
  • General Education


    The General Education curriculum is much more than "required courses."

    These courses are required of all of our students because Longwood University firmly believes that the foundation of a classic liberal arts education is critical to the school's mission to "develop citizen leaders who are prepared to make positive contributions to the common good of society." According to our Dean, Dr. Chuck Ross, "a classic liberal arts and sciences education gives students the foundation to fulfill their roles as citizen leaders, and adapt to the changing world in which we live."

    More information about the General Education Goals 1-15, and the courses you can take to satisfy these goals can be found in the current Undergraduate Catalog.

  • General Education Core Requirements - 38 credits
  • Additional Degree Requirements, BS degree 6-7 credits
  • Major Requirements - 41 credits    CRIM 100 (3) Survey of Criminal Justice
       CRIM 200 (3) Introduction to Corrections
       CRIM 205 (3) Introduction to U.S. Court System
       CRIM 210 (3) Introduction to Policing
       SOCL 345 (3) Social Research
       SOCL 346 (3) Basic Statistics
       CRIM 402 (3) Criminological Theory
       CRIM 409 (3) Administrative Issues in Criminal Justice
       CRIM 455 (3) Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice Professionals
       CRIM 461 (3) Senior Seminar/Criminology & Criminal Justice
       Elective Requirements for the major – 9 credits
       Internship/Directed Study (choose 3 credits from the following. 1 credit fulfills Gen Ed Goal 14)
  • GENERAL ELECTIVES BS Degree (courses not applied to your major) - 34-35 credits

Minor in Criminology/Criminal Justice

  • 18 credits required.  No grade below C- is accepted for minor course work

       CRIM 100 (3) Survey of Criminal Justice
       CRIM 402 (3) Criminological Theory
       SOCL 345 (3) Social Research and Program Evaluation
       Criminology/Criminal Justice electives (9)


Advising Resources

2015 and subsequent catalogs:


catalogs prior to 2015:

Course Rotation

Criminal Justice Course Rotation (pdf)