Henry Ford College

Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Emphasizes the preservation of peace, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. Prepares students for entry into the public service fields of law enforcement with a full working comprehension of the relationships between public and private concerns. Students completing the program benefit from articulation agreements with Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Lake Superior State University. This program allows successful students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree in criminal justice with no loss of credit hours.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Develop a report which effectively analyses and communicates a given situation.
  • Apply case law, criminal procedure, and custodial law by analyzing fact patterns and situations.
  • Analyze critical issues in law enforcement ( i.e., use of fatal force, racial profiling, minorities in law enforcement, police misconduct ) and their impact on day to day operations of a police department.
  • Distinguish between Police Community Relations and Community Policing and how each impact Community Policing.
  • Characterize the importance of ethics and ethical decisions at all levels and processes within the criminal justice system.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness Group: Complete the following:

  2. Humanities: Complete at least 2 credit hours from the following:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Foreign Language (Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL), or World Religions (WR, except WR-131). NOTE: Remaining degree requirements for Humanities are fulfilled in the General Education area.
  3. Science and Mathematics: Complete two science courses from two different disciplines, one with a lab, from among:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Science (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS) or Science (SCI) (7 credit hours minimum).
      NOTE: Remaining degree requirements for Science and Math are fulfilled in the General Education area.
  4. Social Science: The Social Science degree requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses and General Education areas.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 12

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
65.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • socialscience@hfcc.edu • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Gregory Osowski • (313) 845-9859 • gosowski@hfcc.edu • Liberal Arts Bldg • Room: K-108

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Madonna University
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
Career Opportunities: 
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Police Officer
  • Private Security
  • State Law Enforcement