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Criminal Justice


What you learn as a student of Criminal Justice:

  • About crime: the social creation of crime and the social responses to crime in diverse societies and cultures.
  • Analysis and methodology of crime, it’s causes and effects.
  • About the criminal justice system and judicial processes: the functions of police, courts, lawyers, jails, bail, and prisons; constitutional law.
  • About the challenges communities face: terrorism, drugs, and social inequality.
  • About “how to”: police procedure, crime scene investigation, forensics, corrections, mediation, and judicial procedures.
  • About yourself: personal awareness, confidence, empathy; your ability to make a difference in the lives of others.

Our partners in the community: Experience matters. In Mary Baldwin’s Criminal Justice Program our community partners provide the hands-on experience you need. Options include

  •  Staunton Police Department
  •  Waynesboro Police Department
  •  Augusta County Sheriff’s Department
  •  Office on Youth
  •  Middle River Regional Jail
  •  SAW Coalition
  •  Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Detention Center
  •  Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice

These are just a few of the organizations that are available to help you learn through direct on-the-job experience.

Careers and Connections. Recent graduates from Mary Baldwin College are currently working as lawyers, police officers, and social workers. They are employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security and all branches of the military. We will gladly put you in contact with alumnae in the criminal justice field.