Criminal Justice

The Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students with an academic background and practical skills to succeed in modern criminal justice and social justice careers. Students will investigate current crime and social justice problems and solutions, identify strategies to prevent, reduce, and manage crime, develop effective communication and active listening strategies within the criminal and social justice fields, and demonstrate the ability to work with a diverse population.

Students who are planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree and transfer to a university are required to work with the GCC Transfer Coordinator to determine the proper course schedule to ensure maximum transferability.


The following are the required courses necessary to receive an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement - 2 years: 

Prefix First Year Courses Credits
COL 102 College & Career Readiness 1
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II  3
PSY 101 General Psychology 4
PLS 101 Introduction to American Government 3
CJC 101 Introduction to Corrections 3
CJC 102 Correctional Institutions/Facilities 3
CJC 103 Client Growth & Development/Criminology 3
CJC 104 Client Relations 3
CJC 110 Intro to Criminal Justice  3
CJC 210 Law Enforcement Function  3
Second Year Courses
PED 202 Responding to Emergencies or 2
PED 203 Adv. First Aid & Emergency Care  3
CJC 215 Juvenile Justice 3
CJC 225 Community Based Corrections 3
CJC 235 Criminal Law 3
General Science/Lab Science 7-8
College Level Math  4
Humanities Electives 6-8
General Transfer Elective 3
** PE Electives
Total Credits:  64-67


NOTE: Students who plan to attend the NMU Police Academy must inform their academic advisor and the GCC Transfer Coordinator in advance for advisement.

Program Outcomes & Assessment

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