WCU-Tradition now offers a
degree program in criminal justice.
Designed to prepare students to enter
careers in various federal, state, and
local law enforcement, corrections,
and court-related agencies, the
major is designed to be completed
as the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of
Science, with the B.A. recommended
for students planning to pursue
graduate study.
The degree program, which
consists of 45 hours of major
coursework, offers incentives for
students with law enforcement
experience. Students who have
completed the National FBI Academy
or the Southern Police Institute may
receive up to 30 hours of credit in
criminal justice courses, and students
who have graduated from any state
certified law enforcement academy
may receive up to 12 hours of credit
in criminal justice courses.
The coursework equips students
with the necessary skills, training,
and knowledge to become not only
productive professionals, but leaders
in the field of criminal justice. While
designed to strengthen the students’
critical and analytical thinking and
communication skills, the program
seeks to produce servants of the
public trust who are distinguished
by their moral principles, ethical
standards, and personal integrity.
Classes are constructed in a way to
bring awareness to the increasingly
complex global society and prepare
students to utilize new technology as
it relates to criminal justice functions.
In addition to classroom instruction,
criminal justice students will engage
in experiential learning with agency
internships and field experiences.
In order to facilitate the transition
of students with an associate degree
in criminal justice into the bachelor
degree program at Carey, WCU and
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community
College signed an agreement on
July 3 at WCU’s Tradition campus
that allows students to easily
transfer credits. Once criminal
justice students have received their
associate’s degree at MGCCC and
decide to continue their education
at WCU-Tradition, up to 64 credit
hours will transfer with them. The
partnership will also benefit nursing
students by allowing them to transfer
a maximum of 60 nursing and
general course credits from MGCCC.
William Carey University’s
Dr. Bobbie Loveless, Bachelor
of Science in Nursing (BSN)
coordinator and associate professor
of nursing at WCU-Tradition, was
selected and inducted into the
2011 class of South Mississippi’s
Top 10 Business Leaders Under 40.
These outstanding business leaders,
along with the 10 Top Outstanding
Community Leaders, were inducted
into the Roland Weeks Leadership
Hall of Fame, named for former Sun
Herald publisher Roland Weeks.
Sun Herald Multimedia honored
the Top 10 Business Leaders and the
Outstanding Community Leaders
in an awards ceremony in Biloxi
on April 11. Senator Roger Wicker
commended the honorees, saying
that people across the country have
recognized the success of the work
of South Mississippi’s leaders. 
Dr. Loveless, who is a registered
nurse and certified nurse educator,
earned her nursing degrees from
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community
College and WCU and earned the
Doctor of Nursing Practice from
Samford University. She serves
on several professional boards,
volunteers in youth and community
programs, served as director of
Coast Young Professionals, and is a
member of the Junior Auxiliary of
Gulfport.
WCU-Tradition’s
Dr. Bobbie Loveless
Among the Coast’s Top Business Leaders
WCU-Tradition Now Offering
Criminal Justice Degree
Dr. Bobbie Loveless, Bachelor of Science in
Nursing (BSN) Coordinator and associate
professor of nursing on the William Carey
University Tradition campus, poses with Dr.
Janet Williams, dean of WCU’s school of
nursing, after Dr. Loveless was inducted into
the 2011 class of South Mississippi’s Top 10
Business Leaders.
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