Criminal Justice

The criminal justice field seeks those with an open mind, an interest in helping people, a desire to lead others, and has an understanding of both professional and personal ethics, honesty and integrity. Students practice crime scene investigation (CSI) techniques such as fingerprint and evidence collections, attend trials and other court processes, participate in field trips to the local jail and state prisons, and gain exposure to the field through presentations by active police officers and other criminal justice professionals.

Professor of Criminal Justice James Jones

There are critical shortages of police, corrections, and federal law enforcement officers, as well as an increased need related to homeland security. The two program tracks – Law Enforcement and Corrections – prepare students to enter police or corrections academies. Graduates also enter the workforce as court advocates, private security workers, or other positions in a public service capacity.

For those wishing to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree, the associate degree has prepared them to transfer to many four-year schools. A degree with Ferris State University can be accomplished through additional SC4 courses and completed through Ferris courses without leaving our campus. Start here by choosing one of the two Criminal Justice programs.

See a complete list of classes for the corrections degree.

See a complete list of classes for the law enforcement degree.

“SC4 enhanced my knowledge on a lot of different topics and gave me the basic fundamentals on what police work is about.”

Joe Platzer, Lieutenant, Port Huron Police Department