Make a Difference in Your Community

Criminal Justice, B.A.

Serve your community and make a difference. Our criminal justice degree provides you with the skills to aid your community, lead change and help those in need.

The criminal justice program provides both traditional and adult students with quality and interdisciplinary education that will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in the criminal justice system or to further your education in graduate studies.

As a criminal justice student, you will gain a comprehensive knowledge of the field; focused on the development of critical thinking and improvement of oral and written communication.

Our curriculum focuses on all aspects of the justice system.

  • Policing
  • Victimology
  • Corporate and white-collar crime
  • Drug use and abuse
  • Criminology
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Criminal justice research methods and statistics

You will understand why crime exists, become aware of the pertinent factors of criminality, explore various prevention systems and learn how to measure crime through research methodologies.

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Learning Inside & Outside the Classroom

Future employers and post-graduate schools will look at your entire undergraduate work both inside and outside the classroom. Take full advantage of all opportunities that are available to you at LR, including research, study abroad, internships, student clubs and organizations.

  • Internships & Careers


    We understand that education goes beyond our university campus. As a student you will complete an internship, allowing you to apply what you’ve learned in classes and gain real-world experience prior to graduation. You can complete your internship in a variety of areas, including juvenile justice, probation, law enforcement or corrections.

    In addition, our program welcomes professional development guest speakers as well as recruitment visits from a variety of criminal justice career representatives. Given the prominence of this profession beyond the LR campus, you will have many opportunities to make the world a “laboratory for learning” during the completion of your degree.

    Career Opportunities

    Our comprehensive curriculum will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and confidence to pursue a variety of careers at the local, state and national levels.

    • Law enforcement and criminal investigation
    • Prisons and corrections
    • Probations
    • Drug enforcement
    • Transportation security
    • Customs and border security
    • Juvenile justice
    • Public safety
    • Cyber security
    • Forensic accounting
    • Private and personal security
    • Victim advocacy
    • Social services
    • Teaching and research

    Graduates of our criminal justice program may also seek an advanced degree or attend law school.

Jack D. Williams '21

Lenoir-Rhyne has allowed me to succeed through the care of faculty and staff and the endless opportunities offered by the university and the community.

Jack D. Williams '21, Criminal Justice

Major Requirements

The criminal justice program prepares students interested in careers in the criminal justice system as well as those planning to pursue graduate degrees in various fields. The program provides students with an academically sound understanding of theory, research, and practice as they relate to crime, justice, and our criminal justice system.

Learning Outcomes/Program Objectives:

  • Criminal justice majors will demonstrate an understanding of and the application of the criminal justice system and the fundamental processes that take place therein.
  • Criminal justice majors will be able to use criminal justice literature with a goal toward an ability to search and apply it effectively.
  • Criminal justice majors will demonstrate appropriate facility with communication, both written and oral, and including the appropriate style of communication set forth by the discipline.

Assessment Plan:

  • Criminal justice majors will complete a capstone course (), which will include a senior research project. This project will include specific assessment methodology that will be intentionally tied to the learning outcomes. This assessment plan will be developed by the sociology and criminal justice program faculty.

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