Criminology Major (BA)
- Criminal Forensics (Minor)
- Crisis Communication (Minor)
- Intelligence Studies (BA)
- Law and Society (Minor)
- Sociology (Minor)
You may not combine this major with the following.
The University of Lynchburg’s criminology major is the study of crime and criminals. The program examines why people commit crimes, how to prevent them, and how society should treat the people who commit crimes. It draws from many disciplines including sociology, history, psychology, political science, and international relations.
You will explore some of the most important issues today. You’ll learn about everything from gangs to terrorism — and how to stop them — as well as victim’s rights and criminal justice reform. And, when you graduate with your degree in criminology from the University of Lynchburg, you’ll be ready to work with many organizations from law enforcement (police departments or prisons), victim advocacy, or private investigation.
As a Lynchburg criminology student, you’ll:
- Earn your degree from the top criminology program in Virginia (PLEXUSS Global Rankings, 2021).
- Study crime prevention from legal, textual, social-scientific, and experimental perspectives.
- Learn how to investigate crimes by testing your skills with mock crime scenes, lie detectors, fingerprinting, and surveillance.
- Work one-on-one with faculty to plan a career path to achieve your goals.
Kenneth Wagner, PhD
Associate Professor of Criminology
Chair of the Criminology Department