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CSI: Tigerville; students prepare to serve nation, government, private sectors

Posted on: September 29, 2021
By LaVerne Howell,

Tigerville, SC (September 29, 2021) Criminal justice majors have the unique opportunity to get a job as a real-life equivalent of the mythical superheroes and crime-fighting good guys that populate plenty of Hollywood blockbusters. But in the real world, criminal justice careers can also offer you a certain sense of job security—after all, justice always needs to be served.

North Greenville University’s (NGU) criminal justice and legal studies degree program (CJLS) prepares students to enter one of many professions rooted in criminal justice. Careers as a crime scene investigator, law enforcement officer, attorney, cybercrime analyst, probation officer, and social worker. Even special agents with the FBI, DEA, or secret service. Preventing crime or bringing criminals to justice. Whatever your calling, with passion at NGU.

Criminal justice professionals work in police departments, federal law enforcement agencies, prisons, and courthouses. They also patrol the streets and protect public safety. Depending on the position, jobs in criminal justice can require specialized training in areas like investigation, psychology, finance, or forensics.

In a recent Investigations class, NGU students were given recently fired ammunition casings mixed with unfired ones. The students were asked to determine if the smell would still be present.

“I had thought that some odor might linger but based on smell only, we could not tell any difference,” said James Batson, adjunct professor of criminal justice. “So now the issue we will tackle is at what rate does the odor dissipate to none with the normal human sense of smell.”

Ethan Honeycutt (expected ’21), a senior criminal justice and legal studies major from Greenville, participated in the class experiment.

“The ammo casing lesson taught the class how to document ammo casings properly and how we can use them for investigating crime. We analyzed the casings for fresh gun powder residue and fingerprints,” said Honeycutt. “We also examined for the manufacturer and caliber of the round and how many rounds had been fired. Overall it was a very informative experience and gave us great insight into crime investigation.”

NGU’s unique and comprehensive classes offered in the CJLS degree program are taught by leading professionals in the field and help prepare students to serve our nation through government and private sectors.

For more information about NGU’s CJLS degree program, visit

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