Criminal Justice (BA)
Understand the roots of criminality. Build a safe and just society.
As our world continues to evolve, social change can impact our sense of security, identity, and community trust. Pursuing a degree in criminal justice enables you to study interesting topics like intercultural competency and homeland security to build your career serving the public. Mary Baldwin’s criminal justice program equips you with essential analytical, technical, and communication skills, preparing you to make a meaningful difference in the field. With a career in criminal justice, you can contribute to creating a safer and more just society.
- Time to Finish
- 4 years
- In Person, Online
- Bachelor of Arts
- Homeland Security, Criminal Justice
Why Study Criminal Justice at Mary Baldwin?
Mary Baldwin’s criminal justice majors explore the psychology and sociology of criminality and corrections.
As a student in our program, you’ll have the opportunity to study under experienced professionals in the criminal justice field, gaining valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of working in this dynamic industry. Many of our legal courses are taught by attorneys, and our policing courses are taught by police officers. Mary Baldwin criminal justice students get to explore current events and local examples of cases, often in real-time.
As a criminal justice major at Mary Baldwin, you’ll learn to:
- Analyze criminal behavior and apply theories to real-world situations.
- Understand the complexities of the criminal justice system and its various components.
- Conduct original research and analyze data to inform criminal justice policies and practices.
- Exercise your ethical thinking and decision-making.
Features & Benefits
- Semester-long internships
- A wide array of community partners
- Contact with professionals in a variety of related careers
- Advanced scholarly research opportunities and applied projects
- Possible induction into Nu Sigma, MBU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Courses and Curriculum
The criminal justice curriculum is designed so that students can take courses in a variety of subjects within the field of criminal justice, offering a truly individualized experience. Students are able to work closely with faculty members who have practical and research experience in the Staunton community and around the nation.
An introduction to the social scientific theory explaining crime and criminal behavior, with an emphasis on sociological theory. Topics include an overview of common crimes, crime measurement methods, contemporary criminology theory, and the social origins of crime and criminal behavior. You’ll also learn how legislators, politicians, mass media, law enforcement, and court and corrections systems profoundly impact crime.
Examines the social causes and rates of juvenile delinquency and society’s treatment of young people who break the law. Explore related criminological and sociological theories, and apply your new knowledge to current events and media reports.
Introduces the changing dynamics of homeland security at the national and state levels. Explores the history and future of terrorism in a global context, and the dynamics of providing security in a range of different settings.
Unique student support
The McCree Center for Life Success assists current students and alumni in finding the best opportunities throughout their career development. We work closely with both faculty and employers to identify how your valued education best matches the needs of today’s evolving marketplace.
Cost & Financial Aid
A great education is worth it. Here’s how Mary Baldwin helps you pay for it: Generous financial aid packages, a broad range of scholarships, transferring maximum credit hours from previous coursework or relevant work and life experiences — the list goes on. Our mission is to help you level up and bring your aspirations to life.
MBU helps you fast-track your path to a bachelor’s degree with the opportunity to transfer up to 18 credits (6 courses) through direct course equivalents from the Virginia Community Colleges System.
- Cost per credit hour: $486
- Credits required for a bachelor’s degree: 120