Longwood's program is one of the few in the state of Virginia to combine course work in the theory of crime and practical experience in criminal justice.

Explore deviant people and cultures, train on the latest technology, sharpen your reasoning skills and learn state -of -the -art investigative techniques in our small, engaging classes.

Longwood’s Criminal Justice/Criminology major is ranked #1 by PLEXXUS, Inc., an education technology company designed to connect students with educational opportunities through personalized college counseling.

Career Path

Lead the way in this thriving field as a

  • Canine Officers / K9 Handler
  • Police Officer
  • Park Ranger
  • Detective
  • CIA/FBI Special Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Diplomatic Security Special Agent
  • Correctional Officer
  • Victim Witness Assistant
  • Latent/Finger Print Examiner
  • Forensic Examiner

What You'll Study


Get a strong foundation in criminology and sociology while simultaneously emphasizing how academic knowledge can be applied in occupational settings. You’ll explore the agencies and the processes that encapsulate the United States Criminal Justice System; Law, Courts and Corrections.

Minor in Criminology/Criminal Justice


Take the opportunity to develop a foundation in the theory of crime and the criminal justice system while tailoring a program to meet your own academic needs. This is an 18 credit minor that requires Survey of Criminal Justice. 


Develop skills in critical thinking, statistics, computerized data analysis and communication for work in the criminal justice system in courses that include Introduction to Corrections, Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice Professionals and Introduction to Policing. 

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