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Criminology and Criminal Justice

To inquire about this undergraduate program:
Dr. Kevin Jennings | 423.869.6580 |

LMU's Criminology and Criminal Justice program provides a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system. Students examine theories of crime and victimization, learn how to critically evaluate criminal justice policies, and explore justice ethics. Students graduate from the program with the knowledge and experience necessary for careers in law enforcement, court administration, corrections, probation and parole, private industry or advanced study in a graduate program or law school.


Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

To inquire about the Master of Science in Criminal Justice:
Dr. Anita Black I 865.724.0406 |

Special Features

At LMU, a Criminal Justice Curriculum Advisory Board of academics, criminal justice professionals, and community members help to develop courses that not only comply with the ACJS academic standards but also provide students with diverse experiences that are dynamic and relevant outside the classroom. Students interact with their instructors and classmates on a personal level with class sizes that rarely exceed 30 students.

In their senior year, students apply all the skills they've learned to a practical, criminal justice-related issue in the form of a senior capstone research project. The research project allows students to expand their knowledge and offer solutions for any criminal-justice-related issue upon which they wish to have an impact in the future.

Four Year Plans

Criminology and Criminal Justice - Four Year Plan

The Early Entry Program to LMU Duncan School of Law allows undergraduate students at Lincoln Memorial University to apply, be accepted to, and begin pursuing a JD at LMU Duncan School of Law (DSOL) prior to graduating with a Bachelor's Degree. For more information, click here for Guidelines and Three Year Plan.

Course Information

Majors in the program take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Issues and Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Research in Criminal Justice
  • American National Government
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Statistical Methods
  • Elective courses selected based upon student goals and interests which include:
    • Introduction to Law Enforcement
    • Introduction to Courts
    • Introduction to Corrections
    • Juvenile Justice
    • Drugs and Society
    • Investigations
    • Homeland Security
    • Research in Criminal Justice
    • Police Administration
    • Race, Gender, and Crime
    • Political Violence and Terrorism


Students who minor in Criminology & Criminal Justice take the following courses:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Introduction to Criminology
  • Three electives in Criminal Justice


Students who pursue the field of criminal justice at LMU are encouraged to complete a field internship in a local, state, or federal criminal justice agency of their choosing. An internship offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience, apply classroom knowledge, and foster professional contacts that will serve them when they enter the field as graduates.

LMU criminology and criminal justice students have completed internships with:

  • Attorney General's Office, 8th Judicial District
  • Bell County Circuit Court
  • Claiborne County Sheriff's Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Tennessee Department of Corrections, Division of Probation and Parole

Career Opportunities

Graduates of LMU's program are prepared for entry-level careers in:

  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal investigations
  • Crime prevention
  • Juvenile intervention
  • Victim assistance programs
  • Court administration
  • Prisons, jails, penology
  • Community corrections, probation and parole
  • Private and corporate security
  • Drug enforcement & interdiction
  • Federal agencies including the
  • FBI and BATFE
  • Law school
  • Graduate education in criminal justice or criminology


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook job opportunities for those in corrections, police, and probation should be plentiful for those who qualify. The ability to speak Spanish is also desirable in this occupation and may present better job prospects. For more details on the job outlook for those entering the field of Criminal Justice please see: U.S. Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook; Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Clubs & Organizations

The Alpha Beta Epsilon Chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association is open to all students interested in criminal justice or legal issues. The organization brings guest speakers to campus, coordinates field trips and social gatherings throughout the year and leads important community service and campus awareness projects.

LMU students who excel academically and have an interest in criminal justice or law may be selected for Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Alpha Phi Sigma membership can be an important boost to graduates as they enter the career field. Members represent the best of LMU's criminal justice program and are recognized with a blue and gold honor cord at graduation.

Meet the Undergraduate Faculty

Dr. Kevin Jennings

Dr. Mary Ann Thrush