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Criminal Justice


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You are interested in the law…

Whether that means becoming a lawyer, or getting involved in law enforcement as a detective or in forensics, you want to use your career to understand and uphold the law.


Program Description

The Criminal Justice degree at Tennessee Wesleyan prepares students with an understanding of the law. Students learn the process, from crime to trial, through courses with integrated curriculum.


Students can also choose the Forensics emphasis to include focused courses like Drugs and Crime, Forensics, and Trial Practice.


Career Opportunities

Criminal Justice majors have multiple opportunities for involvement within the program, including the Criminal Justice Club, the biennial trip to Washington D.C., the annual event hosting world renowned forensic anthropologist, Dr. Bill Bass, and more.


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Drugs and Crime

This class is designed to introduce students to the several illicit substances available, as well as the legal, yet often abused, ones. The course will also specifically focus on the extent of the drug abuse problem and examine the relationship between drug use and crime. Ultimately, the course is intended to provide students with a proper grounding in the pharmacological, sociological, and criminal dimensions of the drug problem, including the history of drug legislation in the United States.


 An analysis of the concepts of crime, law, and criminology; theories of crime causation to include types of crime and offenders; a study of ethical issues in criminology.

Crime Scene Forensics

This course will introduce the student to the basics of practical crime scene investigation procedures and techniques. Covering the history of forensic investigation from the ancient Chinese culture to the phenomena known today as the "CSI-Effect" on the general population, this course explains the methods and protocol involved in the crime scene investigator's two prime directives: protect and preserve the evidence. This course will also introduce the student to the basics of the relationship of forensics and the law. historical as well as practical applications of forensic science will be discussed, as well as the various applications of forensic evidence within the legal system.