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Criminal Justice-Criminal Justice Generalist Option

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): Education and Human Services

Why Choose the Criminal Justice Generalist Option?

The generalist option will help prepare students to be successful in law school and graduate school, specifically in the fields of criminal justice and criminology.  This option will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in an ever-changing field.  Employment opportunities include probation officer, parole officer, asset protection, court reporter and crime analyst.  Please note that graduate or law degrees, as well as academy certifications may be needed for some employment opportunities.  Please see one of our advisors or professors for more details.

Career Opportunities

The criminal justice curriculum at Ferris State University is designed to familiarize students with the complex nature of the American criminal justice system.  The study of criminal justice focuses on the structure and roles of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.  We strive to provide students with the invaluable ability to think critically and act independently in their career.  The generalist option is designed to prepare students for a variety of career paths following graduation, including law school, graduate-level work in criminology and criminal justice, and for careers at the local, state, and federal levels in law enforcement, corrections, and court related agencies.  This path will provide you with the knowledge and tools to be the next leaders in the criminal justice field.

Admission Requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for admission into the Generalist concentration.

General Education Requirements

All general University General Education requirements can be found here: http://www.ferris.edu/htmls/academics/gened/courses/GenEd-bachelor.pdf

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives: https://wwws.ferris.edu/academics/gened/courses/

Graduation Requirements

A 2.0 GPA is required for graduation.

More Information

Ferris State University

School of Criminal Justice

1349 Cramer Circle, BIS 509

Big Rapids, MI  49307-2737

Phone:  231-591-3652 or 231-591-5080

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Junior-Senior Level

Entrance into the junior year of the criminal justice program is on a grade point competitive, space available basis.

By the end of the sophomore year winter semester, students must choose one of the three program concentrations: (1) law enforcement specialist, (2) criminal justice corrections, or (3) criminal justice generalist.

Criminal Justice Generalist Concentration

Ethical Issues in Crim Justice
3
Corrections and Society
3
Police and Society
3
Report Writing for Corrections
3
Current Issues in CJ
3
Criminal Justice Internship
4
Crime Control Policy
3
Michigan Criminal Law
4
Michigan Criminal Procedure
4
CJ Assessment Course
2
Crime-Violence in Literature
3
SOCY Elective 
Choose one:
3
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
or
Community Studies
3
or
World Urban Sociology
3
or
The Field of Aging
3
or
Soc Stratification-Inequality
3
or
Criminology
3
or
SOCY 460
Array
on

Electives

Generalist students pursuing the Corrections Academy should take the following courses for elective credit: 

CRIM 460 (Fall Semester)               3 cr.

CRIM 465 (Spring Semester)          3 cr.

CRIM 401 (Spring Semester)          3 cr.

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Minimum semester credit hours required for criminal justice B.S. degree/criminal justice generalist option:
120
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