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Criminology & Criminal Justice

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Virginia R. BeardWelcome to the criminology and criminal justice major at Longwood University! 

"We currently have over 230 majors who are involved in a variety of academic, social and career–oriented pursuits.  Excellence in teaching and advising are hallmarks of Longwood and of the Criminal Justice faculty. 

Our program offers a Bachelor of Science degree focused on integrating practice with theory.  The curriculum prepares students with the necessary knowledge of the field and the requisite professional skills.  Students in our department also have the opportunity to combine their Bachelor of Science degree with a Masters Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice and graduate in five years.  Click here to view our B.S./M.S. 5-Year Program Information.

Internships within the Criminology and Criminal Justice major provide students with a realistic exposure to the professional environment, while also providing practical, on-the-job experience in a particular field of study. Longwood students may spend one semester with the Central Virginia Criminal Justice Academy to gain valuable criminal justice experience as well as certification to become a law enforcement officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Students in our major have the opportunity to join Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the National Criminal Justice Fraternity that offers a variety of opportunities for career networking and also engages in a variety of activities including bringing speakers onto campus, taking field trips to criminal justice agencies and participating in campus events." 

Virginia R. Beard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Criminology/Criminal Justice Area Coordinator


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  • Graduate Program

    The Graduate Sociology program is currently under review and is not accepting applications at this time.

    Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice majors have the opportunity to pursue the B.S./M.S. 5-year program where students graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology or Criminology/Criminal Justice in four years and then complete additional requirements to complete a Master's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminal Justice in the fifth year. Applications will be accepted for admission to the program beginning Fall 2011.

    • 5-Year B.S./M.S. Program General Information
    • 5-year B.S./M.S. Program check list(pdf)
    • Application Form (pdf)
    • Faculty Recommendation Form (pdf) 
  • Criminology & Criminal Justice Major

    The criminology and criminal justice major prepares students for work in the criminal justice system, including jobs in local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and probation and parole.

    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

Criminal Justice Careers and Resources: 
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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