Criminal Justice

The fast-paced expansion of all areas of the criminal justice system is creating a demand for skilled professionals as never before in local, state, and federal systems and in community-based organizations. The criminal justice system is constituted to maintain social order, prevent crime, enforce laws, administer justice and advocate for peoples’ rights. The well prepared practitioner in this field is expected to be knowledgeable and skilled in every component of the system to address the public’s demand for protection and services.

Criminal Justice provides students with a thorough knowledge of crime, criminal behavior, the police and courts, law and society, and theories of crime through offerings within the disciplines of Political Science, Sociology and other disciplines related to this field of study. Academic majors in Criminal Justice are educated to be critical thinkers, exploring and analyzing issues with a solid theoretical foundation and scientific research methods. The major contains a strong applied component; in internship placements students work with crime agencies and police departments.

The curriculum: In addition to the general requirements for the college you will choose courses in:

  •  criminology
  •  criminal justice systems
  •  forensic psychology
  •  criminal investigations
  •  terrorism and counter-terrorism
  •  juvenile delinquency
  •  police administration
  •  forensic chemistry

The senior internship is an integral and essential component of the curriculum. Your internship, in your professional field of interest, includes the expectation that you will collect data for your senior thesis.

Criminal Justice is available through the College for Women in Staunton and through the Adult Degree Program in Staunton, Roanoke, and Weyers Cave.