Criminal Justice (AACJ)

Associate in Arts

This associate degree 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 a 4-year college or university such as EMU for their final year.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2018-19 | 2019-20 | 2020-21

2020-2021 Academic Requirements

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.

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

*For those interested in pursuing a degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from EMU, students may take 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: Articulation Agreements.

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

 
Division
Adv Tech/Public Serv Careers
Department
Public Services Careers Dept
Advisors
Ruth Walsh
Julie N. (Niki) Lee
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First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
CJT 100   Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJT 111 or Police/Community Relations  
CJT 156   Everyday Law 3-4
COM 102   Interpersonal Communication 3
ENG 111   Composition I 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Total 16-17
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 3
    Elective(s) (0-1 credits) to reach minimum 60 credits 1
Total 13
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
ANT 201   Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
CJT 144  or Parole, Probation, and Community Corrections 3
CJT 170 or Domestic and International Terrorism  
CJT 224   Criminal Investigation 3
SOC 100   Principles of Sociology 3
Elective(s)   Arts and Humanities 2 Not COM 3
Total 15
Total Credits Required
60 - 61