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:

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


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.
  • Forensic Crime Scene House: The new mock crime scene house is available for use by the criminal justice students. The house consist of three (3) staged crimes scenes that students in designated classes have the opportunity to practice hands-on crime scene investigations, evidence collection & processing, photography, and sketches. The house is equipped with a computer lab and forensics lab.


Criminal Justice Faculty

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


David F. Nicholson
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Ph.D, University of Oklahoma
(540) 365-4507


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

Adjunct Faculty

Ms. Donna Chewning

Hon. Cliff Hapgood

Ms. Felicia Burnette

Administrative Support

Kathy Fletcher
Academic Secretary to Criminal Justice
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
(540) 365-4514 – Office
(540) 365-4408 – Fax


Find Out More

For more information, contact Dr. William N. Osborne at