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Get ready for some of the most dynamic coursework in Tennessee. Criminal Justice melds a variety of fields, like psychology, sociology, criminology, and current events. It also offers you exciting opportunities for employment. The criminal justice system currently employs over 2.5 million people.

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Degree Types


Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) enable you to complete your degree at Motlow and then transfer to any Tennessee public university, and several Tennessee private universities, as a junior to complete your bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Science degrees include specific science requirements and electives.


Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) enable you to complete your degree at Motlow and then transfer to any Tennessee public university, and several Tennessee private universities, as a junior to complete your bachelor’s degree. The Associate of Arts degrees include specific arts requirements and electives.

Practical Experience

In addition to the core curriculum, the Criminal Justice program introduces:

  • Fundamental communication skills, basic psychology, and sociology principles
  • The American criminal justice system, including federal agencies such as police, courts, and corrections
  • The structure and function of the judicial system and the basic concepts of criminal law and administration
  • An analysis of crime prevention and control
  • History of corrections in Europe and America and a survey of current prison conditions and operations, including pre-release, probation, and parole

Career Opportunities

  • Federal Law Enforcement: FBI, DEA, U.S. Marshal, Secret Service, Coast Guard Officer, ATF, ICE, DSS, CIA
  • State Law Enforcement: TBI
  • Local Law Enforcement: County Sheriff's Dept., Municipal Police, university police, airport police
  • Federal Corrections: Federal Bureau of Prisons (Correctional Officer, Counselor, Warden, Parole Officer)
  • State/Local Corrections: Tennessee Dept. of Corrections (Correctional Officer, Counselor, Warden, Parole Officer)
  • Court Systems (Federal and State): Judge, prosecutor, public defender, criminal defense attorney, court counselor, probation officer
  • Private Sector: Security officer, security system consultant/designer, private investigator, re-entry counselor, researcher
  • Teacher

Some of these positions require graduate degrees, most require a B.S. at a minimum. An A.S. or A.A. may be the minimum qualification for entry level Correctional officers and local law enforcement officers.

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