The Criminal Justice program at Lees-McRae College utilizes the social science perspective to study the nature and causes of crime and provides a comprehensive understanding of the United States criminal justice system. Lees-McRae College students who major in Criminal Justice benefit from a unique, holistic learning environment. This program of study challenges the student to view crime, law, and social problems in sociological and psychological context. Guest presentations, internships, community involvement, and a Senior Capstone project provide real world experience while emphasizing professional relationships.
Criminology: Crime Theory and Criminal Behavior|
|Principles of Law Enforcement|
Graduates of the program work in law enforcement and investigative agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. Opportunities include correctional institutions, adult and juvenile probation and parole, victim’s services, homeland security, private security, and other human services-related fields. Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to grow rapidly through 2015. Homeland security continues to be an important focus. Despite recent decreases in the crime rate, vigorous law enforcement is expected to result in a continuing increase in the prison population. Overcrowding in prisons also has increased the probation population, as judges and prosecutors search for alternate forms of rehabilitation, such as electronic monitoring and day reporting centers. Due to the current economic crisis in the United States, crime rates are now expected to rise, resulting in a surge in Criminal Justice jobs. Recent alumni have enrolled in graduate studies and are now employed as the Avery County Sheriff, Boone Chief of Police and by the US Marshalls.
Recent internships include:
Katherine M. Logan, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator for Criminal Justice
Instuctor of Criminal Justice
Dr. Sue Hart
Chair, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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