Uncover the inner workings of crime and the criminal justice system with a major or minor in criminology. The hands-on curriculum tackles current-day issues and policies, like prison reform, social justice, and human trafficking. You’ll learn to think critically about causes and effects of criminality; and develop evidence-based conclusions as you examine your own assumptions about crime and criminals and consider how they were formed. With active learning at its heart, criminology courses at RMC help you develop the important writing, speaking, research, and critical thinking skills you need to be successful in a variety of fields.
As a criminology major or minor, you get your hands dirty. Through field studies, service-learning trips, and community-based project coursework, you will have the opportunity to apply what you are learning in the classroom out in the real-world.
In Professor Allison Adair’s Human Trafficking course, students play an active part in helping to solve a real community issue. This kind of learning is made possible by RMC’s low student-to-faculty ratios that allow for conversational, seminar-style classes, with lots of opportunities for group projects, presentations, and peer teaching.
Start making a difference today. Recent RMC criminology internships include a variety of options related to crime, law and corrections including:
- Ashland Police Department
- Hanover County Court
- Virginia Victims Assistance Network
- Probation and Parole, Ashland; Henrico; Charlottesville
- Department of Juvenile Justice
Advising and mentorship
Our award-winning criminology professors work closely with you throughout your undergraduate experience, to identify and then achieve career and graduate school goals. With future-focused events like the Criminology Speaker Series, you’ll learn from experts in the field of criminal justice and hear about their personal experiences working in the criminal justice system.
#2ranked criminology program in Virginia (College Factual)
#3award-winning criminology faculty
$68,235average annual wage for criminologist
Deviant Behavior and Social Control
Study behavior that violates norms and mechanisms of social control (e.g., law enforcement, courts, prison, and probation) and the implications of these for social policy.
A Time to Kill and Kill Again: What Makes a Serial Killer Tick
Explore the nature of multiple murders, the social construction of serial killing, types of multiple murder, and the variety of theoretical explanations for multiple homicide. Sociologically analyze problems of media construction, profiling, and correcting the behavior of multiple murderers.
neighborhoods and crime
Take a close look at the patterns of crime in various neighborhoods by digging in to real data. Learn to use GIS mapping software to create crime maps that offer a visual representation of how crime impacts our communities.
alpha phi sigma
Criminal Justice Honor Society
criminal interest Association
Camden Stramanak ’20
United Energy Products
“Randolph Macon has prepared me in unimaginable ways for my current role as a project manager at UEP. The classes I took as a criminology major helped me with my writing and person to person interaction tremendously, through papers and in-class discussions. I am a better employee because of Randolph Macon’s curriculum.”
Liz Jacobs DIEHR ’20
Richmond Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney
Kamryn Steinruck ’21
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work