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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Mission

The mission of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Virginia Union University is to provide a challenging academic environment which inspires students to learn and achieve in the classroom and community, with support of faculty, while addressing the challenges of the criminal justice system and public safety.

Vision

Our vision is to be a leading department at Virginia Union University and a regionally recognized criminology and criminal justice academic program.

Core Values

Ethics:  Students and faculty will have integrity, honesty, and accountability in carrying out their respective work and assignments in a trusting and professional manner.

Fairness:  Respect and fairness in decision making will be carried out at all times, without prejudice or favoritism, embracing diversity in thinking and problem solving

Communication:  Accurate and timely information will be communicated openly, respectfully, and honestly between faculty, staff and students.

Customer service:  Students are the core of the department and faculty will strive to meet their needs at all times.

Innovation:  Creativity in developing teaching methods, curriculum, internships, and partnerships will be encouraged and rewarded.

Our Program of Study - Requirements to Earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

General Education Core Courses (52-54 credits)
Core CCJ Courses
        CCJ 180 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
        CCJ 205 Criminology
        CCJ 210 Police in America
        CCJ 320 Correctional Theories and Practices
        CCJ 330 Criminal Court Procedures
        CCJ 331 Juvenile Justice
        CCJ 335 Social Science Statistics
        CCJ 340 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
        CCJ 450 Criminal Law
        CCJ 460 Analyzing Community Crime Problems
        CCJ 480 Ethics in Criminal Justice
        CCJ 486 Senior Seminar
Four CCJ electives
Two Social Science electives
Five Free electives


CCJ Curriculum

Our CCJ Electives
        Juvenile Delinquency
        Victimology
        Serial Murder
        Perspectives on Terrorism
        Inside Out:  Issues in Criminal Justice
        Police Problems and Practices
        Probation, Parole and Community-based Corrections
        Law and Society
        Criminal Investigations
        Homeland Security
        Introduction to Forensic Investigations
        Women Offenders and the Criminal Justice System
        Domestic Violence and Abuse
        Criminal Behavior
        Interviewing Theory and Techniques
        Independent Study
       Criminal Investigations*
       Perspectives on Terrorism*
       Special Topics:  Police and the Community* 
       Special Topics:  Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System* 
       Special Topics:  Racism, Punishment, and Prisons*
       Research Methods in Criminal Justice*

* denotes online course

Minoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Students must complete the following five (5) courses to meet the requirements of the minor:

        CCJ 180 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
        CCJ 205 Criminology
        CCJ 210 Police in America
        CCJ 320 Correctional Theories and Practices
        CCJ 330 Criminal Court Procedures

Student Organizations

The department hosts an active chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the National Criminal Justice Student Association (Lambda Alpha Epsilon).  Throughout the year, students participate in educational activities in the community, complete community service, and engage in fundraising activities.                         

For more information about LAE or to apply to become an LAE member, please click on the links below.
Information about LAE  
Application

The department also hosts a chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma).  Students meeting qualifications are inducted each spring. 

Unique Opportunities 

Students benefit from a very unique partnership between the university and the City of Richmond Police Department whose training academy is located on the campus of Virginia Union University.  Students in this major take courses at the academy and receive instruction from a number of individuals working within the police department as well as others who work in other criminal justice-related fields.

The department offers the "Inside Out Prison Exchange Program" which merges students and incarcerated individuals for a semester-long class inside a correctional facility to examine criminal justice-related issues.

The department partners with the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office to offer a summer student jailor academy where students become certified correctional officers and part-time employees of the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office while finishing their degrees.

Internships

Many students majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice benefit from completing an academic internship.  Students must complete 150 hours with an approved agency to earn three academic credits.  The internship is a variable credit course whereby students can earn between one and six academic credits for their experiences with a partnering agency.  The department currently offers a wide range of internship placements including:  

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice; Offender Aid and Restoration; Virginia Department of Corrections; Henrico County Probation and Parole Office; Henrico County Victim/Witness Assistance Program; City of Richmond Victim/Witness Assistance Program; City of Richmond Police Department; Henrico County Police Department; Henrico County Drug Court; Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office; City of Detroit Police Department; Henrico County Sheriff's Office; City of Petersburg Police Department; Prince Georges County Sheriff's Office; EEOC; and others.

The Faculty

Julie A. Molloy, Ph.D., Department Chairperson and Associate Professor

Dr. Molloy earned a B.S. in Psychology (concentration in Applied Psychology) from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1985 and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Criminology from the Florida State University (1988 and 1995, respectively).  Her dissertation research focused on the decision-making of jurors in death penalty cases and she was part of the Capital Jury Project, a national study of jury-decision making in death penalty cases.  She has worked as an evaluator for the Juvenile Welfare Board (Pinellas County, Florida), the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, and Transformation Systems, Inc. (TSI).  She has served as a consultant for Pearson Education, Survivors of Stalking, the Florida Public Defender Association, Volunteer Lawyers’ Resource Center, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission, and the Police Foundation.  Prior to working at Virginia Union University, Julie was a faculty member at the University of Richmond where she taught criminal justice courses in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.  She currently serves as a member of the City of Richmond’s Community Criminal Justice Board and the Henrico County Drug Court Advisory Council.  Her research interests include the impact of incarceration on children, families, and the community; the epidemiology and ecology of violent behavior; as well as the deterrent impact of capital punishment.  She teaches Senior Seminar, Inside Out, and supervises student internships.  Dr. Molloy can be reached at (804) 257-5682 or JAMolloy@vuu.edu.

Donna Anderson, M.S., Assistant Professsor

Ms. Anderson received her bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Virginia.  She earned a M.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University and also holds a certificate in Homeland Security.  She worked at the Virginia Department of Corrections for more than 30 years in various capacities, working with both male and female offenders.  Prior to coming to Virginia Union University more than a year ago, she taught at Bryant & Stratton and served as the Subject Area Coordinator in the criminal justice program.  She has been a member of the Virginia Correctional Association/American Correctional Association for the past twenty-five years and serves on the Delegate Assembly for the American Correctional Association.  She recently received training to become a Court-Appointed Special Advocate.  Ms. Anderson teaches Criminology and Correctional Theories and Practices.  Ms. Anderson can be reached at (804) 354-5214 or DHAnderson@vuu.edu

Dr. M.L. Monroe

Dr. M. L. Munroe is a native of Gainesville, Florida. She is a graduate of Florida A & M University (FAMU) and a 2017 graduate of Nova Southeastern University where she attained her doctoral degree. After completing her doctoral dissertation, Dr. Munroe’s research was nominated for the Dr. Charles Faires Dissertation of Distinction Award. Before her arrival to Virginia Union University, she was an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Florida A & M University in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.

Dr. Munroe is also a public speaker and was invited as a presenter for TED Talk in 2016. Her area of expertise includes female incarceration with an emphasis on educational opportunities for incarcerated women. Courses currently taught by Dr. Munroe include Racism and Prisons, Juvenile Justice, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Statistics in Social Science Research, and Trauma and the Criminal Justice System. 

Dr. Munroe can be reached at mlmunroe@vuu.edu or (804) 257-5686

Departmental News

William Gibson and James Johnson Commitment to Excellence Award

Each spring the Gibson and Johnson Award is given to a rising senior majoring in CCJ who exemplifies excellence in all areas of his/her life.  This spring, the award was presented to Cory Dixon who will graduate in Spring 2018.  Cory is from Maryland and is very active in many facets of our department and the university, currently serving as Mr. Virginia Union University.  The award is named after two VUU alumni, William Gibson and James Johnson, who were instrumental in developing the existing department and were full-time faculty members for many years. They retired approximately seven years ago but remain actively involved in the department's advisory group.

I am the Change Award

Each spring the I Am the Change Award is given to an outstanding young man majoring in CCJ who models qualities of responsibility, caring for his community, and excellence.  This award is given each spring in memory of C.A. Dotson, the son of one of the department’s alumni, whose life was taken much too soon by senseless violence.  This year’s award was presented to Bryce Holloway who graduated in Spring 2017.