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.
Law Enforcement Careers
- Canine Officer / K9 Handler
- Police Officer
- Park Ranger
Federal Law Enforcement Careers
- FBI Special Agent
- CIA Agent
- Federal Air Marshal
- Diplomatic Security Special Agent
- Correctional Officer
- Parole Officer
- Probation Officer
- Victim Witness Assistant
Forensic Science / CSI Careers
- Latent/Finger Print Examiner
- Forensic Examiner
- Forensic Pathologist
- Forensic Toxicologist
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 15):
- GENERAL ELECTIVES BS Degree (courses not applied to your major) - 34-35 credits
2011 and subsequent catalogs:
- Criminology & Criminal Justice B.S. (pdf)
- Gen Ed checklist for majors (pdf)
- 5-year B.S./M.S. Program (pdf)
catalogs prior to 2011:
- Criminology & Criminal Justice B.S.(2010 Catalog)(pdf)
- Criminology & Criminal Justice B.S.(2007 through 2009 Catalogs) (pdf)
- Gen Ed checklist for majors(pdf)
- 5-year B.S./M.S. Program check list (pdf)