The BS in Criminal Justice Studies is designed for those who have an interest in understanding the theories associated with the causes of crime, the work performed by criminal justice professionals, and the impact public policy decisions have on the operation of the criminal justice system. The relationship of race, ethnicity, poverty and other factors relative to criminal behavior, criminal prosecution, and crime victimization are explored. Coursework and practicum experience prepare students for a variety of careers in the law enforcement community, emphasizing the importance of ethical leadership with a Christian worldview.



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Laurie Woods

Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice/ Director, Criminal Justice Degree Completion Program

  • BS, Trevecca Nazarene University, 1996
  • MS, Middle Tennessee State University, 1999
  • MLAS, Vanderbilt University, 2000
  • MA, Vanderbilt University, 2002
  • PhD, Vanderbilt University, 2008


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