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Bryan Thomas, Department Chair
Social Sciences Department
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Criminal Justice Administration

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Program Description

The Criminal Justice Associate Degree program within the Social Sciences Department is designed to prepare students for successful transfer to a four-year college or university. This degree program is a great choice for students interested in pursuing a career in criminal rehabilitation, law enforcement or the legal field in general. The Criminal Justice path introduces students to the following:
  • fundamental communications skills, basic psychology and sociology principles
  • the American criminal justice system including federal agencies such as police, courts, and corrections, their historical development, current trends, and public policy issues
  • addresses the structure and function of the judicial system and the basic concepts of criminal law and administration
  • an analysis of crime prevention and control and the need for the law enforcement segment of the criminal justice system
  • the history of corrections in Europe and America and a survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole
  • and other dynamic and very interesting coursework that prepare students for bachelor's degree completion at any one of Tennessee's state colleges and universities

Practical Experience

Through participation in the Criminal Justice program, students will enjoy being engaged in activities like:
  • critical thinking
  • in-depth research and analysis
  • interaction with students and instructors
  • exposure to fascinating coursework, lectures and classroom interaction

Career Opportunities

Plant the seed for success here at Motlow College. Our Associates Degree in Criminal Justice qualifies you for transfer to any one of Tennessee's four-year college or university programs. Completion of a four-year baccalaureate program prepares you for a career! Criminal Justice careers may include:
  • police officer
  • probation officer
  • criminal lawyer