Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement with Police Academy
Emphasizes the preservation of peace, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. Prepares successful students for employment in law enforcement positions requiring both an Associate Degree and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification. Students start this associate degree by first completing required course work at HFC, then transferring to Schoolcraft College to complete the Police Academy component of the program. Students then transfer back to HFC to receive their degree. 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 successful students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree with no loss of credit hours.
- 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.
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.
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:
Civil Society & Culture:
- Complete 6 credit hours from the following:
- EDU-260: History and Civics in Elementary Schools
- GEOG-132: World Regional Geography
- HIST-151: American History I
- HIST-152: American History II
- POLS-101: American Government: Democratic Participation and Civic Engagement
- POLS-131: Introduction to American Government and Political Science
- POLS-152: International Relations
- POLS-200: Introduction to Peace and Conflict Studies
- SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology
- SOC-152: Women, Men, and Society
- SOC-251: Ethnic and Racial Diversity in Society
Communication: Complete both:
Computer Technology: Complete:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete:
Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:
- MATH-115: College Algebra
- MATH-121: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers I
- MATH-131: Mathematics for the Modern World
- MATH-141: Introduction to Statistics
- MATH-150: Finite Mathematics
- MATH-153: Calculus for Business, Life Science, and Social Sciences
- MATH-175: Precalculus
- MATH-180: Calculus I
- MATH-183: Calculus II
- MATH-221: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
- MATH-225: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers III
- MATH-280: Calculus III
- MATH-283: Linear Algebra
- MATH-289: Differential Equations
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Wellness Group: This degree requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses.
Humanities: Choose at least 2 credit hours from among:
- 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.
Science and Mathematics: Choose two science courses from 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.
Social Science: This degree requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses and General Education areas.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 9
Required Core Courses
CJ 286 at Schoolcraft College is transferred back to HFC as CRJ 287 and fulfills the HFC Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement with Police Academy Associate in Art degree course requirements for CRJ 132, CRJ 134, CRJ 135, CRJ 252, and HPE 142.
Required Support Courses
Students must pass the following requirements prior to acceptance at the Police Academy at Schoolcraft College:
- Physical exam
- Written exam
- Criminal history background check
- Other background checks as required
Requirements are Subject to Change
- Eastern Michigan University
- Madonna University
- University of Michigan - Dearborn
- Federal Law Enforcement
- Police Officer
- Private Security
- State Law Enforcement