Criminal Justice — Law Enforcement with Police Academy

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Emphasizes the preservation of peace, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in law enforcement positions requiring both an Associate Degree and Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) certification. Henry Ford College students complete the associate degree by completing coursework at HFC, then transferring to the Police Academy at Schoolcraft College for the final component of the program. The students then transfer back to HFC which issues the 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 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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. 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

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

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

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

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

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

CJ 286 at Schoolcraft College is transferred back to HFC as CRJ 287 and fulfills the HFCC 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.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many Elective and Degree Specific credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

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

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Students must pass the following 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

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
Criminal Justice


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Gregory Osowski • (313) 845-9859 • • 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,, 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