Links & Resources | Forensic Fact and Fiction
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Links & Resources | Forensic Fact and Fiction


The word forensic comes from the Latin word forensis: public; to the forum or public discussion; argumentative, rhetorical, belonging to debate or discussion. From there it is a small step to the modern definition of forensic as belonging to, used in or suitable to courts of judicature, or to public discussion or debate. Forensic science is science used in public, in a court or in the justice system. Any science, used for the purposes of the law, is a forensic science.


The University of Toledo offers a minor in Forensic Science:

Perhaps in part because of the popularity of some television dramas, universities that offer Forensic Science are seeing a surge in enrollments:

However, CSI-type TV shows are not necessarily reality TV: