If the television shows we watch are any indication, Americans love to investigate crimes. CBS has made the prefix “CSI” part of the cultural lexicon, and the three one-hour dramas that bear the initials have introduced the television-watching populace to the grisly science of law enforcement. Now, budding sleuths can follow the trail to the police science program at Nashville State Community College, where they can earn an associate of applied science degree with a major in crime scene investigation. The 60-hour degree program prepares students to be police officers, crime scene technicians or forensic technicians. Not all graduates want to do police work; some students just want to know what crime scene investigation is, says faculty member Michael Wright, a longtime training officer at the Metro Police Academy. But with police departments around the country “civilianizing” crime scene investigation so that technicians need not be sworn officers, graduates can apply their investigative skills as volunteers for smaller agencies. Aspiring inspectors can choose from courses such as “Surface Skeletons and Buried Bones,” “Bloodstain Evidence” and “Gangs, Cults and Deviant Movements.” Instructor Brad Corcoran, a Metro homicide detective, tries to keep the coursework exciting, with assignments like digging for simulated skeletons on the Nashville State campus. While he and Wright agree that Hollywood’s presentation of crime scene investigation isn’t terribly accurate, they appreciate the good publicity. “I like that they actually conceptualize what the detectives are thinking,” Wright says, “and how they show the critical thinking skills that detectives have to have.” Nashville State Community College, 120 White Bridge Road, 353-3333, nscc.edu/cac. If you decide that your stomach is actually hungrier than your mind, at least for now, click here. If you decide to slake your thirst for knowledge, continue reading the listings below. ART INSTITUTE OF TENNESSEE 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, 874-1067 artinstitutes.edu/nashville Opened in the fall of 2006, the Nashville branch of the 33-school system of Art Institutes offers associate and bachelor’s degrees and diplomas in audio production, digital media, graphic design, interior design and the culinary arts. Aspiring cooks and restaurateurs can work toward a diploma in culinary skills or baking and pastry, an associate degree in culinary arts, or a bachelor of science in culinary arts management. The B.S. program adds business and management skills to the coursework in the kitchen. Classes run throughout the year, and course schedules offer some flexibility for working adults. The next academic quarter begins Jan. 8. 100 Centerview Drive, Suite 250, 874-1067, artinstitutes.edu/nashville. BELMONT UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-5401 belmont.edu/uc Take classes from an urban university without leaving suburbia. Belmont’s University College allows working adults to earn credits toward a bachelor’s degree at Belmont’s main campus or at the extension campus in Cool Springs. Degree programs include liberal studies, business administration, nursing and ministry. The ministry program seeks to equip students for various types of church work—but not necessarily ordained ministry—and is nondenominational. Most University College classes are offered in the evening and run for four or eight weeks. Belmont University, 1900 Belmont Blvd. 460-5401, belmont.edu/uc. CHEEKWOOD BOTANICAL GARDEN AND MUSEUM OF ART 1200 Forrest Park Drive 353-9827 cheekwood.org/education A variety of eight-week classes and one-session workshops for artists of all skill levels. Skilled Nashville artists teach basic techniques for working in clay, charcoal, oil and other media. Cheekwood also host lectures, offers children’s classes and holds a four-week class in Hatha Yoga for beginners. DAVID LIPSCOMB UNIVERSITY ACCELERATED ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM 3901 Granny White Pike 279-5948 adultstudies.lipscomb.edu Semester-long courses conducted over eight weeks, with classes twice a week. Part-time adult students can earn 30 credit hours toward a business degree in an academic year. Six business-related majors are offered, and all graduates will pick up a minor in applied ethics, with courses in biblical literature. METROPOLITAN NASHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 259-INFO mnps.org Weekly classes in the arts, home and garden, fitness and languages. Classes, such as Crafting Baby Memorabilia, Lebanese Cooking, Over-40 Basketball, and Italian for the Road, vary in length and cost. METRO PARKS 862-8400 nashville.gov/parks/classes.htm A range of classes in the arts, outdoor skills, fitness and other subjects, held at locations throughout Metro Nashville. Classes are available for all ages and many are free. Subjects run the gamut from quilting to ballet to banjo. Auditions are required for some advanced arts classes. MONTGOMERY BELL ACADEMY EVENING SCHOOL 4001 Harding Road 298-5514 montgomerybell.com Subjects include sports and fitness, arts, foreign languages and ethnic cuisines. Classes taught by MBA teachers and coaches and experts from the community. Recent offerings have included Wines of Italy, Trinket or Treasure: Evaluating Antiques and Football 101. Ask to speak with Chris Smith. NASHVILLE AUTO-DIESEL COLLEGE 1524 Gallatin Road 226-3990 nadcedu.com Associate degree and certification programs in automotive and diesel technology and auto body repair. NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY 862-5800 library.nashville.org Free classes in computer basics, from learning to use a mouse and keyboard to working with Microsoft Office. Classes limited to 30. NASHVILLE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 120 White Bridge Road 353-3333 nscc.edu/cac Eleven two-semester certification programs for adults looking to acquire skills to enhance their résumés. Semester-long classes offered during the academic year. Special-interest courses and evening workshops run throughout the year. Students can also earn career advancement certificates in areas such as customer service and legal issues in the workplace. TENNESSEE FOREIGN LANGUAGE INSTITUTE 227 French Landing, Ste. 100, 741-7579 foreignlanguages.org With a variety of class types, including a standard 13-week, 26-hour course (offered every fall, spring and summer), travel prep, children’s and all-day crash courses, TFLI offers an array of instruction in Chinese, Dutch, Farsi, French, Conversational Hebrew, Italian, Spanish and Vietnamese, to name a few. Spring classes will begin the week of Jan. 22; the deadline to register is Jan. 8. TENNESSEE TECHNOLOGY CENTER AT NASHVILLE 100 White Bridge Road 425-5500 nashville.tec.tn.us Professional development programs include aviation maintenance technology, early childhood education, phlebotomy and truck driving. Applicants in practical nursing must take the Nurse Entrance Test. TREVECCA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY 333 Murfreesboro Road 248-1200 trevecca.edu Degree-completion program in management and human relations allows adults 23 or older with at least 60 hours of college credit to finish their degrees by meeting one night a week. Classes meet at one of six campuses in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky. Send email inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org. UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE 2000 Edgehill Ave. 321-8019 eveningclasses.org Diverse catalog of evening classes, costing $50 or less and running from January through April. Most classes meet at USN, but some meet in restaurants or homes. Includes tours of landmarks and historic sites. Recent offerings have included “Throwed Away: The Southern Working-Class Roots of Rock ’n’ Roll” and “Speak Up and Be Heard! Effective Advocacy for Liberals.” Registration begins in early January. VANDERBILT MASTER OF LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE (MLAS) 301 Kirkland Hall 343-3140 vanderbilt.edu/mlas The Vanderbilt Master of Liberal Arts and Science program is for students hungry for intellectual discourse on subjects as varied as Russian prose, economic philosophy and the art of Mexico. “Ninety-nine point nine percent of the students in the program are doing it for avocational goals,” says associate dean and MLAS director Martin Rapisarda. The small classes meet one evening a week, and the 27 credit hours required for the degree can be spread out across academic disciplines and over six years. Students can take five courses clustered around a topic to earn a certificate in that area of study. All classes are taught by current and emeritus Vanderbilt faculty. Vanderbilt University, 2201 West End Ave.; call Laura B. Sims at 343-3140, vanderbilt.edu/mlas. VIKING CULINARY ARTS CENTER 230 Franklin Road, Bldg 13, Franklin 599-9617 vikingcookingschool.com Two- and three-hour cooking workshops almost daily. Students learn cooking techniques and get to eat the meals they prepare. Upcoming workshops include “Thai Taste Explosions,” “Food and Wine Pairing: Napa Valley Style” and “Tapas and Paella.” VOLUNTEER STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Betty Gibson Hall, Ste. 102, 1480 Nashville Pike, Gallatin 230-3358 volstate.edu/continuinged Non-credit classes for adults seeking job training or personal skill development. Courses offered in business and management, software applications and various life skills such as digital photography and event planning. WATKINS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN 2298 MetroCenter Blvd. 383-4848 watkins.edu The community education program at Watkins College of Art and Design invites children, teens and adults to explore the visual and digital arts. Bolster a résumé with classes in Photoshop or web design; spruce up a home with new skills in tile mosaics and feng shui. Explore your inner artist with a nine-week course in painting or drawing or ceramics taught by Watkins faculty and alumni. Working adults with a bachelor’s degree can enroll in the Watkins Film School and work toward a certificate in producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography or editing. Spring 2007 workshops include “Primp My [MySpace] Profile” and “Pinhole Cameras”; classes include “Furniture Making” and “Websites for Artists.” Watkins College of Art and Design, 2298 MetroCenter Blvd.; call Rebecca Berrios at 383-4848, watkins.edu . WOODBINE COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION 833-9580 woodbinecommunity.org In addition to their many other programs, including Seniors Group, Community Garden, Homebuyers Club, Tutoring and Family Literacy, the Woodbine Community Organization, located at 222 Oriel Ave., offers educational classes in a variety of subject areas, including English as a second language (ESL), Spanish as a second language (SSL) and General Equivalency Degree (GED).