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Criminal Justice Student

Criminal Justice Associate in Applied Science

Serve and protect

Upon completion of the 60-credit hour Criminal Justice program, you may apply for an Associate in Applied Science degree.

General Education Requirements Credit Hours
ENGL 101, English Composition 3
ENGL 102, English Composition 3
Humanities/Fine Arts 3
MATH 123, Quantitative Reasoning 4
M.T.A. Natural Sciences 3
Social Science 3
TOTAL 19

 

Major Requirements  Credit Hours
BUSA 130 – Professionalism 1
PSYC 201 – Intro to Psychology 3
CRIM 140 – Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 150 – Juvenile Delinquency & Behavior 3
CRIM 201 – Criminology 3
CRIM 202 – Criminal Law 3
CRIM 245 – Report Writing for Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 251 – Seminar in CJ & Public Safety 3
CRIM 252 – Criminal Procedures 3
TOTAL 25

CRIM 251 (Seminar) requires pre-approval from the instructor. It is an internship course in which the students’ internship sites must be pre-arranged prior to the beginning of the semester. 

If students intend to transfer to another institution, they should follow the Criminal Justice Transfer Requirements.

Students may choose one of three paths with the remaining 15 credits of their degrees: Corrections Track, Law Enforcement Track or Generalist Track.

 

Corrections Track Requirements Credit Hours
CRIM 160 – Introduction to Corrections 3
CRIM 161 – Institutional Operations 3
CRIM 162 – Institutional Populations 3
CRIM 203 – Criminal Justice Skills 3
CRIM 263 – Legal Issues in Corrections 3
TOTAL 15

 

Law Enforcement Track Requirements Credit Hours
CRIM 141 – Introduction to Policing 3
CRIM 203 – Criminal Justice Skills 3
CRIM 204 – Current Issues in Policing 3
CRIM 205 – Criminal Investigations 3
CRIM 242 – Police Org./Admin. 3
TOTAL 15

 

Generalist Track Requirements* Credit Hours
CRIM 141 – Introduction to Policing 3
CRIM 160 – Introduction to Corrections 3
CRIM 161 – Institutional Operations 3
CRIM 162 – Institutional Populations 3
CRIM 203 – Criminal Justice Skills 3
CRIM 204 – Current Issues in Policing 3
CRIM 205 – Criminal Investigations 3
CRIM 242 – Police Org./Admin. 3
CRIM 263 – Legal Issues in Corrections 3
TOTAL 15

*For the Generalist Track, choose any 15 credits from the list.

If you wish to transfer Lake Michigan College credits to another institution, you should closely follow the Michigan Transfer Agreement. You should also maintain contact with the institution in which they intend to transfer to, as that institution has control over which credits they will accept. 

General Education Requirements (for Transfer) Credit Hours
ENGL 101, English Composition 3
COMM 215 – Professional Communications 3
M.T.A. Humanities/Fine Arts 3
M.T.A. Humanities/Fine Arts 3
MATH 123, Quantitative Reasoning 4
M.T.A. Natural Sciences 3
M.T.A. Natural Sciences 3
SOC 101 – Principles of Sociology 3
PSYC 201 – Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL 28

 

Major Requirements  Credit Hours
BUSA 130 – Professionalism 1
CRIM 140 – Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 150 – Juvenile Delinquency & Behavior 3
CRIM 160 – Introduction to Corrections 3
CRIM 201 – Criminology 3
CRIM 202 – Criminal Law 3
CRIM 204 – Report Writing for Criminal Justice 3
CRIM 251 – Seminar in CJ & Public Safety 3
CRIM 252 – Criminal Procedures 3
TOTAL 25

CRIM 251 (Seminar) requires pre-approval from the instructor. It is an internship course in which the students’ internship sites must be pre-arranged prior to the beginning of the semester. 

 

Electives* Credit Hours
CRIM 141 – Introduction to Policing 3
CRIM 161 – Institutional Operations 3
CRIM 162 – Institutional Populations 3
CRIM 203 – Criminal Justice Skills 3
CRIM 204 – Current Issues in Policing 3
CRIM 205 – Criminal Investigations 3
CRIM 242 – Police Org./Admin. 3
CRIM 263 – Legal Issues in Corrections 3
TOTAL 9

*Choose any 9 credits from the list of courses.

 

A law enforcement career can lead you to be a police officer in almost any geographic area of the country. As a police officer in a rural area, you may perform a wide variety of activities including directing traffic at the scene of a crime, investigating a burglary, or giving first aid to an accident victim. In a larger police department, your duties may be more specific. 

Most police academies in Michigan are operated by community colleges. Some of the larger departments in the state, such as the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office or Detroit Police Department also operate their own academies.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards maintains a list of police academies in Michigan.

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