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Criminal Justice (AACJ)

Associate in Arts Degree


This program helps prepare students for jobs in the courts and in corrections (such as probation and parole) as well as state and federal law enforcement. Most, but not all, of these jobs require at least a bachelor's degree and students can complete their first 3 years at WCC before transferring to other four-year schools such as EMU for their final year.


Davenport University, Bachelor degree;
Eastern Michigan University, BA degree and several BS degrees*;
Kaplan University, BS degree;
Madonna University, BS degree.

*For those interested in pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from EMU, students may take 30 additional credit hours at WCC and transfer a total of 94 credits to EMU towards a Bachelor's Degree (124 hours). The following additional classes are recommended: ANT 201, SOC 207, SOC 250, and PSY 257.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/curriculum/articulation/levelone/colleges/.

Admissions Requirements

Students must have an Academic Math Level of 3 to enroll in MTH 160. One year of high school algebra is recommended.

Contact Information

Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Public Services Careers Dept
Ruth Walsh
Julie N. (Niki) Lee


(Items marked in orange are available online.)
First Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CJT 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJT 111 or Police/Community Relations
CJT 154 or Everyday Law I: Law and Civil Liberties
CJT 155 Everyday Law II: Civil Law, Liabilities and You 3
COM 102 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 111 Composition I 4
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities * 3
Total 16
Second Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CJT 120 Criminal Justice Ethics 3
CJT 160 Criminal Justice Constitutional Law 3
CJT 209 Criminal Law 3
ENG 226 Composition II 3
MTH 160 Basic Statistics 4
Total 16
Third Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
CJT 208 Criminal Evidence and Procedure 3
CJT 223 Juvenile Justice 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences with lab * 4
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Minimum Credits
ANT 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
CJT 224 Criminal Investigation 3
CJT 170 or Domestic and International Terrorism
CJT 225 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
SOC 100 Principles of Sociology 3
Elective(s) Arts and Humanities * 3
Elective(s) Natural Sciences from a different discipline * 3 - 4
Total 18 - 19
Total Credits Required
66 - 67


*See the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list to make course selections. Students who follow this program will have to do MTA or they can follow an earlier catalog.

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