Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts
Description: 

Emphasizes the preservation of peace, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. The program is designed to prepare 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 allows students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree 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: 
Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:
  1. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  2. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  3. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
9.0

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (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: 
1985
Program Code: 
LAWEF.AA...
Division: 
Social Science
Department: 
Criminal Justice

Contact

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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

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