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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Criminal Justice program is a newly established major, first offered to students in the fall of 2015. The program provides both adult and traditional students with quality and interdisciplinary education that will prepare them for a wide range of career opportunities in the criminal justice system or to further their education in graduate studies. Moreover, the program is dedicated to providing students with a comprehensive knowledge of the field; focused on the development of critical thinking and improvement of oral and written communication.

Students majoring in Criminal Justice will be exposed to a curriculum that focuses on knowledge about all aspects of the criminal justice system. Specifically, the Criminal Justice major includes the opportunity to take courses such as Policing, Victimology, Criminal Law and Procedure, Corporate and White-Collar Crime, Drugs and Criminal Justice, Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. Following graduation, students will be well equipped to understand why crime exists, become aware of the pertinent factors of criminality, explore the various crime prevention measures to effectively address the causes of crime, and understand how to measure and understand crime through research methodologies.


Unique to the Criminal Justice program at Lenoir-Rhyne, students with a Criminal Justice major are required to participate in an internship. Thus, students will have the opportunity to gain actual experience in the field prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to explore an internship in any capacity of the Criminal Justice System including (but not limited to) juvenile justice, probation, parole, law enforcement, and corrections.

In addition, the program features professional development guest speakers as well as recruitment visits on-campus from a variety of criminal justice careers representatives. Given the prominence of this profession beyond the LR campus, students will have many opportunities to make the world a “laboratory for learning” during the completion of their degree.


Criminal Justice majors will graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne University with the confidence to enter any career field in the Criminal Justice System. Graduates of our Criminal Justice program may also attend graduate school or law school following graduation. The comprehensive curriculum provide by the Lenoir-Rhyne Criminal Justice program will provide students with the knowledge, awareness, understanding, and confidence to pursue a career in a variety of criminal justice careers at the local, state and national levels including, but not limited to, law enforcement and criminal investigation, prisons and corrections, probations, immigration enforcement, drug enforcement, victim advocacy, homeland security, and juvenile justice,


The Criminal Justice major earns a BA degree. The minor in the field is also available to students.


Criminal Justice Major Requirements


Program Contact

Dr. Robert Stallings

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Hickory Campus