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Criminal Justice Law Enforcement - Associate in Applied Arts

Are you ethical, compassionate, disciplined and able to work under stressful conditions? Can you work independently or with a team? If so, a career in Law Enforcement might be for you.

Some positions that students work in after successfully completing this program are:

  • Police officer (State police officers, conservation officers, motor carrier officers or federal law enforcement, such as Border Patrol, ATF, Homeland Security or Customs/Immigration)
  • Corrections officer
  • 911 dispatcher
  • Youth care officer
  • Court officer/bailiff
  • Animal care officer
  • Weighmaster

About the program

This program prepares students for careers in entry-level law enforcement. Daily duties for an entry-level law enforcement officer might include (but are not limited to) patrol, vehicle stops, responding to calls, assisting in medical emergencies as a first responder, basic criminal investigation, writing reports and completing various forms, givng court testimony and working with other agencies.

Students desiring to work as a police officer might be required to complete a regional police academy and meet MCOLES licensing standards to be employable.

Students who successfully complete the Corrections Program in Criminal Justice are prepared to work as corrections officers in prisons and jails or as juvenile care workers. Students often transfer credits to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice. Delta offers a 3+1 program with Ferris State University where students also take their fourth year of classes at Delta.

Job outlook

Co-op opportunities are often available through Dow Corning and Dow Chemical corporations in the area of safety/security. Internships are available through area police/sheriff departments, jails, prisons, animal control facilities, 911 dispatching, etc.

Employment of Law Enforcement workers is projected to grow four percent from 2014-2024. The median annual wage for someone in Law Enforcement is $51,100. Salaries will vary by career, additional training and location.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

What students are saying

“I have always respected and admired police officers and I knew that is what I wanted to do with my life. Because of the great professors, I am ready to accomplish my goal and become what I always wanted to be.” – David Akin

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact:

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
Associate Professor
989-686-9253; Office G-124

Criminal Justice Law Enforcement - Associate in Applied Arts

Program Code: AAA.25727

The Delta College Criminal Justice program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the criminal justice field combined with a broad general educational background. The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand and continuous upgrading of personnel by law enforcement agencies. As a graduate of this program, depending on the option chosen, you would be prepared to seek employment as a police officer, corrections officer, conservation officer, public safety dispatcher, juvenile officer, private security, or prepare for careers in probation/parole/courts, federal government, CSI, detective, pre-law and many other related careers.

General Education Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 1123Any Approved Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication OR ______________
COM 222(3)Introduction to Acting ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
OR ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
OAT 1702Keyboarding ______________
POL 103W3American Politics OR ______________
POL 104W(4)American Politics with Project OR ______________
POL 212W(3)State and Local Governments ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________
SOC 215W3Sociology of Minority Groups ______________
--- ---4/5Any approved Natural Science Course with Lab (MTA Transfer) ______________
--- ---3/4General Electives ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CJ 110W3Introduction to Criminal Justice ______________
CJ 111W3Police Administration ______________
CJ 112W3Police Operations ______________
CJ 210W3Introduction to Criminal Investigation ______________
CJ 220W3Crime Laboratory Techniques ______________
CJ 2503The Juvenile Offender ______________
CJ 270W3Evidence and Criminal Procedure ______________
CJ 271W3Criminal Law ______________

62/63Total Credits Required


1 - If proficiency can be demonstrated in Keyboarding and Computer Concepts, additional electives may be substituted for the CST and/or OAT courses. Keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170. Contact the BIT Division office, 989-686-9127, to arrange for waiver test.
2 - May substitute an approved natural science elective including MTH 119 or higher with a grade of "C" or better for CJ 220. Please refer to the MTA information in the catalog. Lab science credit in two different areas would be particularly useful for transferring to a 4-year school and is required in the fulfillment of the MACRAO agreement.
3 - This program does not certify you for employment as a police officer as it does not incorporate the Basic Police Training (B.P.T.) Program.
4 - Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.
5 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all core courses.
6 - You may be eligible for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Consult the current catalog for MTA requirements.

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