Criminal Justice

As a criminal justice major at Roanoke, you'll investigate the causes and impact of crime, as well as methods of controlling criminal behavior.

Our approach offers you both a deep exploration of criminal justice issues and practices, as well as exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. The major approaches criminality through political, sociological, scientific and psychological perspectives.

Roanoke offers students internship opportunities with regional police departments, probation offices, attorneys offices and immigration centers. Our Washington semester gives you the chance to complete federal internships with agencies, such as the U.S. Marshals Service, the Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. You'll have opportunities to engage with speakers who come to campus through the Fowler and Turk lecture series. Past guests include Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange is the New Black.                                                 

Criminal justice majors at Roanoke go on to careers in law enforcement, criminology, government, executive management, protective services, law and social work. Students also are well prepared to enter graduate programs in criminal justice and related fields.

We offer a major in Criminal Justice.

“It helped me narrow my career focus and helped me to realize the magnitude of numbers of federal law enforcement agencies out there.”

Alea Bier '13 reflecting on her Washington Semester internship with INTERPOL

Born to debate

Carrie Harris '05 always thought she'd end up a lawyer. As a talkative, type-A person who loved to debate any topic, friends and family told her she should go to law school. While at Roanoke, she decided to pursue a legal career in civil litigation after having internships in Washington, D.C., and with U.S. District Judge James Turk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. She graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at William & Mary in 2008, and now, she's a senior attorney at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC, in Roanoke, specializing in labor and employment law. Close relationships with several professors in Roanoke's public affairs department, including Dr. Joshua Rubongoya and Dr. Todd Peppers, influenced and directed her career path. "At Roanoke, I feel like I was mentored and given opportunities in the real world," Harris said.

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