Criminal Justice


Job opportunities for criminal justice majors include the areas of police officers, detectives, sheriffs, FBI agents, special agents, security, drug enforcement agents, etc. Educational requirements vary by position. The GCC Criminal Justice program includes a combination of theoretical, practical, and supportive courses. Individuals already employed in the corrections area can increase their skills and prepare for supervisory positions. Courses included in this program would allow an individual to qualify for the 15 semester credits mandated by the State of Michigan as a prerequisite to a Civil Service Test for a Corrections Officer in the Michigan Department of Corrections.


A more security-conscious society and growing concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand for police services. Correction officer employment is expected to increase much faster than average as additional officers are hired to supervise and counsel a growing inmate population. Expansion and new construction of correctional facilities is also expected to create many new jobs.


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


Program Outcomes & Assessment

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