Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement - Associate in Arts

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Jermaine Reese: 313-845-9859,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-239

Program Description


Emphasizes the preservation of peace, the prevention of crime, and the protection of life and property. Prepares 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 program allows successful students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree in criminal justice with no loss of credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Develop a report which effectively analyses and communicates a given situation.
  2. Apply case law, criminal procedure, and custodial law by analyzing fact patterns and situations.
  3. 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.
  4. Distinguish between Police Community Relations and Community Policing and how each impact Community Policing.
  5. Characterize the importance of ethics and ethical decisions at all levels and processes within the criminal justice system.
Career Opportunities
  • Federal Law Enforcement
  • Police Officer
  • Private Security
  • State Law Enforcement

General Education

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any one, from a different discipline (not WR) from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list..
Category 6: Natural Sciences
Complete any two, including one with laboratory experience, from different disciplines from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list..
Credit Hours

See General Education for Transfer Degrees for details.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2019 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.