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Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice major is designed to prepare students for careers in law, law enforcement, administration of justice, and social science research. Conceived with the idea that criminal justice professionals will benefit from a strong liberal arts education, the program stresses theory and policy analysis combined with professional experience.

Coursework in Criminal Justice

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Criminal Justice, and includes courses such as:

  • Criminal Law
  • Social Problems
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Crime & Delinquency Prevention
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Crime Scene Photography
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Social Sciences Research
  • Interviewing & Crisis Intervention
  • Substance Abuse
  • Constitutional Law
  • American Correctional Systems
  • Friction Ridge Analysis
  • Police Operation


Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Criminal Justice:

  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon
  • SEPAC: Student Engagement in Political Action and Community

 

Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Ferrum College believes in hands-on learning in tandem with classroom and textbook studies. Here’s how:
  • Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
  • Some classes are taught by The Honorable Cliff Hapgood, Commonwealth's Attorney for Franklin County. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the practical experience he brings from the courtroom to the classroom.

 

Criminal Justice Faculty

 
Billy Long
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D., Indiana University of Pennsylvania        
(540) 365-4392                                      

blong@ferrum.edu

David F. Nicholson
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
BA (Sociology) North Carolina State University
MA (Sociology), MS (Criminal Justice), North Carolina Central University
Ph.D, University of Oklahoma    
(540) 365-4507
dnicholson@ferrum.edu                                                                                                          

 
William Osborne
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Program Coordinator of Criminal Justice
Ph.D. Virginia Commonwealth University
(540) 365-4283
wosborne@ferrum.edu

 

Find Out More

For more information, contact wosborne@ferrum.edu

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