2020-2021 Catalog (Current)

Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement Specialist Option

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
College(s): College of Business

Program Requirements

Criminal Justice Law Enforcement Specialist, BS Program Checksheet


  • General Education Courses and Major Courses
  • Admission and Transfer Requirements
  • Graduation Requirements

Why Choose the Law Enforcement Specialist Option?

The Law Enforcement option's main goal is to provide a quality education to students which will improve the students' analytical, cognitive skills, and to prepare them for a career as a law enforcement officer at all levels of government.  This option strives to provide students with outstanding problem solving abilities, critical thinking and decision making skills, as well as strong communication capabilities.  These skills are highly sought in the field of criminal justice.  This option leads the student to our nationally recognized and state certified Law Enforcement Academy where the primary faculty use Problem-Based Learning methodologies as the foundation of all instruction.  This enables the student to be best prepared for any entry-level position in the field of law enforcement.

A well rounded general education is required for students in the program.  Besides the general education requirements, students are required to take additional upper level courses in multiple areas outside of their academic major.  This is done to ensure a well-educated graduate who possesses cognitive skills and knowledge not only within their discipline, but also across a wide array of areas of life that they will frequently encounter.  Academic and technical knowledge, skills and abilities are provided to students in the program.  Students are provided analytical reasoning skills that will allow them to learn and excel in law enforcement.

Career Opportunities

The Law Enforcement education track provides technical education and training that provides students with marketable policing skills.  The Law Enforcement Academy is scheduled as the last year of the student's bachelor degree program and is formally approved by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards.  Upon academy completion and graduation, the student is eligible for a license to be a Michigan police officer.  This allows employment in any Michigan police agency.  In addition, the Law Enforcement option provides for a solid educational foundation for any law enforcement positions within the United States, including the federal government.  Our academy has reciprocity with 48 other states allowing movement to other regions of our country after 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.

Law Enforcement Specialist Concentration

Ethical Issues in Crim Justice
Police and Society
Police Report Writing
Precision Driving
Current Issues in CJ
Criminal Justice Internship
Physical Fitness Conditioning
Physical-Defensive Tactics
Conflict Mgmt in Crim Justice
Michigan Criminal Law
Michigan Criminal Procedure
Criminal Investigation
Patrol Problems
Traffic Management
Law Enforcement Assessment
Advanced First Aid
Crime-Violence in Literature
General Electives
If pursuing a forensic minor, please meet with your advisor for appropriate courses
Minimum semester credit hours required for criminal justice B.S. degree/law enforcement specialist option: