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Criminology & Criminal Justice

Turn a passion for criminal justice into a career that makes a difference.

U.S. Marshals intern

Why Study Criminology & Criminal Justice at Randolph?

The criminology/criminal justice major is a social behavioral science that explores all aspects of crime and its impact on society, including crime patterns and criminal behavior, how societies work to prevent and control crime, as well as how they punish offenders.

Students will explore topics such as law enforcement, racial profiling, poverty, the human condition, cybercrime, the prison system, and the death penalty.

Randolph’s criminology/criminal justice major prepares students for careers in a broad range of fields, including local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, probate, forensic science, public service, forensic accounting, and private investigation, to name a few.

The major is also exceptional preparation for graduate study in the social sciences and law.

Through a challenging and interdisciplinary curriculum, students will develop sought-after skills in critical thinking, writing, and evidence-based decision-making while also examining their own assumptions about crime and its impact on society.

Internships and other real-world experiences will add to a student’s overall educational foundation.

Degrees offered

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology/Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminology/Criminal Justice

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The Randolph Experience

Faculty Mentorship

Professor Liz Perry advising a student

From your first day on campus, you will work closely with your faculty advisor to identify and shape your academic interests and vision into your own personal Randolph Plan.

Together, you will create an experience that allows you to develop your skills, challenge yourself, explore your interests and achieve your goals.

This includes both curricular and co-curricular experiences.

A Community of Scholars

Small Classes

Randolph classes are full of engagement and interaction. Students get the full attention of their professors and develop camaraderie with their classmates.

The Honor Code

Randolph students live by our Honor Code and act with the highest integrity in both academic and social life.

Intercultural Competence

All Randolph students learn global citizenship with the capability to accurately understand and adapt to cultural differences and find commonality.

Unique Opportunities

An emphasis on “learning by doing” is one reason Randolph students graduate with skills that prepare them for life and work.

Internships

Randolph students put classroom learning into practice by participating in internships.

With help from the Career Development Center, majors can experience government at work during internships in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, judicial offices and courts, and social service and advocacy organizations. 

Recent internships include the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Lynchburg Public Defender’s Office, Moms Demand Action, and more.

Stephanie Messi ’22 and Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs ’23

Research

Participation in real world research and creative work is one of the hallmarks of a Randolph College education.

The Center for Student Research helps students at Randolph College engage in meaningful research that enhances their education and their preparation for careers, graduate studies, and other opportunities after college.

They will even help you secure funding.

Randolph’s Innovative Student Experience (RISE) awards up to $2,000 to support research, creative works, and other scholarly activities to students, who may apply at any time to use a grant for projects beginning in their second year.

Summer Research Program

Spend the summer working closely with a professor and focused on a specific aspect of comparative thought.

Randolph’s intensive eight-week Summer Research Program enables students to work with professors on a research of their own design; live in a residence hall on campus, participate in on-campus summer events, attend special seminars with guest speakers; and share the progress and results of their research.

Learn more about the Summer Research Program.

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Symposium of Artists and Scholars

Modeled after a traditional academic conference, the SAS brings together students of all disciplines to share the results and highlights of the best work being produced at the College –  oral presentations, readings of creative works, performances, exhibitions of student artwork, and poster presentations.

Learn more about the Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

Internships

Randolph students put classroom learning into practice by participating in internships.

With help from the Career Development Center, majors can experience government at work during internships in federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, judicial offices and courts, and social service and advocacy organizations. 

Recent internships include the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Lynchburg Public Defender’s Office, Moms Demand Action, and more.

Stephanie Messi ’22 and Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs ’23

Small Classes

Randolph classes are full of engagement and interaction. Students get the full attention of their professors and develop camaraderie with their classmates.

The Honor Code

Randolph students live by our Honor Code and act with the highest integrity in both academic and social life.

Intercultural Competence

All Randolph students learn global citizenship with the capability to accurately understand and adapt to cultural differences and find commonality.

Study Abroad

Opportunities for study elsewhere, such as in the Washington Semester Programs at the American University in Washington, D.C., as well as study-abroad programs, are available.

Research

Randolph College students conduct advanced research projects in their majors with help from the. Center for Student Research. They present their findings at the annual Symposium of Artists and Scholars.

Faculty Mentorship

You will work closely with your faculty advisor to plan a Randolph experience that meets your needs and will help you achieve your goals.

This includes both curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Special Interdisciplinary Curriculum

From your first year through your senior year, you will have opportunities to take courses as part of our honors curriculum.

During your first session of classes, you will take an honors section of Randolph’s first-year seminar, Life More Abundant, with other members of your cohort of honors scholars.

After the first-year seminar, you will take additional courses from across the curriculum that will deepen your learning experience and make meaningful interdisciplinary connections.

Enhanced Faculty Mentorship

You will work closely with faculty advisors and the honors program director to plan a Randolph experience that meets your needs and will help you achieve your goals.

This includes both curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Unique Opportunities

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Outcomes

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Opportunities

Top Ranked Professors

Randolph College’s faculty are consistently recognized as among the best in the nation. The Princeton Review ranked the College in #12 for most accessible professors in the 2023 edition of its flagship college guide, The Best 388 Colleges.  

Randolph has been ranked in the top 20 for most accessible professors for six consecutive years.

Faculty

Vincent Vecera

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Teresa Angell
Cello Instructor

Leigh Berkeley
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

J. Mark Campbell
Trumpet Instructor

Kevin Chiarizzio
Trombone and Low Brass Instructor

Jacob Dishman
Staff Accompanist

Christopher Fosnaugh
Percussion and Drumset Instructor

Kyle Greaney
Clarinet and Saxophone Instructor

Hermina Hendricks
Senior Lecturer in Music

Alycia Hugo
Flute Instructor

Hope Maddox
Costume Shop Supervisor

Nora Moore
Voice Instructor

Kathryn Munson
Adjunct Instructor of Dance

Bill Parrish
Oboe Instructor

Kay Rooney
Violin and Viola Instructor

Rafael Scarfullery
Guitar Instructor

Curtis Smith
Piano and Organ Instructor; College Organist

Current Season

Wildcat Weekend Arts Showcase
September 17, 2022

Fall Music Showcase
October 6, 2022

The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus
by Christopher Marlowe
October 26-30, 2022

Candlelight Concert
December 8, 2022

Performing Arts Cabaret
February 23-25, 2023

Winter Music Showcase
March 4, 2023

A Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Adapted by Morgan Gould
May 5-7, 2023

Spring Concert
May 6, 2023

Only at Randolph

Randolph students can take advantage of unique programs which give them a more enriching education than can be found anywhere else.

The Liberal Arts Advantage

Randolph graduates learn to think critically, solve problems and work well with others. They are prepared to succeed in all aspects of life.

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Money for Your Research

The Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) program provides every student a $2,000 grant to fund research, creative work, experiential learning or other scholarly pursuits.

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The Randolph Plan

Randolph students work with faculty mentors to explore a broad range of disciplines as they chart their academic path.

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TAKE2

Two courses per half-mester means you get to focus in and dig deep into your coursework while still having time for the rest of the college experience. Two classes. Seven weeks. Repeat.

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Department News

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Jacqueline Clardy-Josephs ’23 and Stephanie Messi ’22 took advantage of the new opportunity for local students, designed to show them the inner-workings of a public defender’s office.

Read More

Summer research project studying how different generations describe, interpret sexual violence

This story is part of an ongoing series featuring the work of faculty and students participating in Randolph’s Summer Research Program. […]

Read More

A virtual experience: Randolph alumnae and alumni offer students internships during pandemic

This fall, a group of alumnae, alumni, and even parents who responded to a request by Randolph’s Career Development Center (CDC) for opportunities to connect students whose internships had been canceled with new ones

Read More

Protecting the protectors of the law: Agnes Reyes Merced ’21 interns with U.S. Marshals Service 

This summer, Agnes Reyes Merced ’21 is helping one of the nation’s most esteemed law enforcement agencies manage its employee […]

Read More

How the liberal arts made Ayn Dietrich ’04 a spokesperson for the FBI

Every day, Ayn Dietrich ’04 talks with reporters about high profile cases involving federal investigators, from suspected terrorist activity to […]

Read More
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Vincent Vecera

Associate Professor of Political Science

Credentials:B.A., Reed College
M.A., University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Associated Departments:Political Science, Global Studies, Criminal Justice
Office:Psychology 204
Phone:4349478545
Email:vvecera@randolphcollege.edu

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I teach and write about political thought and public policy in the United States.

My current research is focused on the dynamics of rights in American democracy, particularly how the politics of rights shapes how public policy is made, understood, and evaluated. Put another way, my work is primarily concerned with how Americans think and talk about constitutional rights and what rights “do” in the policy process.

I am currently chair of the department of political science and teach a variety of introductory and advanced courses in political theory, American politics, and public policy in the department of political science as well as handling pre-law advising and the American politics and political theory minors.

In my courses, I like to run simulations, inspire creative projects, and send students on adventures beyond campus, but what I love most is sitting in a seminar room or the student union and talking with students about an interesting text or idea.

I live a block and a half from Randolph with my partner, Molly Boggs, who is director of academic writing at Sweet Briar. We have two kids, Abe and Daria, and a striped cat, Sweet Dee. We enjoy comedy, music, gaming, gardening.

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