2018-2019 Catalog (Current)

Criminal Justice

Degree Type: Associate in Arts
College(s): College of Education and Human Services

Why Choose Criminal Justice?

All students must complete the associate degree in Criminal Justice and will receive an Associate in Arts degree. After students have completed the associate degree requirements, they will apply to the criminal justice B.S. degree program and choose from either the law enforcement concentration, corrections concentration or criminal justice generalist concentration. Admission into the B.S. degree program is granted on a competitive basis, as space permits.

Admission Requirements

Students must possess a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) from high school  and a 17 ACT or 900 SAT score.  Students transferring from another college must have a 2.0 GPA. Ferris students wishing to make a curriculum change into the College of Education and Human Services must have a 2.0 GPA.

General Education Requirements

All University General Education requirements for an Associate’s degree is here

Please consult this link for a complete listing of General Education Electives. 

 Consult the Required Course above or program advisor for program specific General Education requirements.

Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate from the College of Education and Human Services, the following requirements must be met. Some curriculums may have additional requirements.

  • Complete a specified minimum number of semester hours in required and elective courses as approved by the faculty.
  • Attain a 2.0 GPA or above in all work taken while registered at Ferris (consult program descriptions for specific program GPA requirements).
  • Complete all general education requirements as outlined on the "General Education" website and have an ACT math subscore of 24, or complete MATH 115, or pass the proficiency exam.
  • Satisfy the University's residency requirements.
  • Formally apply for graduation with the appropriate administrator.

More Information

Ferris State University
School of Criminal Justice
1349 Cramer Circle
Bishop Hall 509
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2737
Phone: 231-591-3652 or 231-591-5080

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Required Courses
Credit Hours
English 1
3
English 2
3
Introduction to Crim Justice
3
Introduction to Corrections
3
or
Intro to U.S. Legal Systems
3
or
Intro to Law Enforcement
3
Supervision-Management in CJ
3
Delinquency Prevention-Control
3
Justice in Literature
3
Intermediate Algebra
3
RMLS
2
Introduction to Psychology
3
Introductory Sociology
3
Interpersonal Communication
3
or
Fundamentals-Public Speaking
3
Princ. of Financial Accounting
3
or
Elementary Business Law
3
or
Introduction to Business
3
Marriage and the Family
3
or
Gender Roles in Society
3
or
Sociology Of Deviant Behavior
3
or
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
3
or
Community Studies
3
or
World Urban Sociology
3
Intro Micro Systems-Software
3
or
ISYS 202
Array
or
Introduction to Visual Basic
3
General Elective
3
Lab Science Elective
4
Scientific Understanding Elective
3
Cultural Enrichment Elective
6
Minimum semester credit hours required for Pre-Criminal Justice A.A. degree:
60