Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Students investigating a mock crime scene.

The Criminal Justice Program at Kellogg Community College is designed to prepare students for a career in many different fields of the justice system.

KCC offers an Associate in Criminal Justice degree, which is designed to be transferable to many four-year institutions, as several career positions require a four-year degree for employment. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking the degree follows.

For more information about KCC’s Criminal Justice Program, see:

Guided Pathways Initiative – Suggested Program Path

Fall 1 Spring 1 Fall 2 Spring 2
COMM 101:
Foundations of Interpersonal Communication*
COMM 207:
Public Speaking*
CRJU 203:
Crime & Delinquency
CRJU 132:
Client Development & Understanding
CRJU 131:
Institutional Corrections
CRJU 133:
Client Relations in Corrections
CRJU 101:
Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 221:
Ethical Problem Solving in Policing
CRJU 202:
Criminal Law
CRJU 201:
Criminal Investigations
CRJU 130:
Introduction to Corrections
ENGL 152:
Freshman Composition*
MATH 115:
Math for Liberal Arts*
CRJU 210:
Criminal Justice Practicum
ENGL 151:
Freshman Composition*
SCIE 100:
Environmental Science*
PEHL 140:
Healthy Lifestyle Practicesº
GEOG 100:
Physical Geography*
HUMA 151:
Encounter with the Arts*
SOCI 201:
Introduction to Sociology*
PSYC 201:
Introduction to Psychology*
SERV 200:
Service Learning*

*Courses indicated fulfill requirements for the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), which provides for the transferability of up to 30 credit hours to meet General Education Requirements at participating Michigan colleges and universities. For more information about the MTA, visit

º Completion of basic training for any branch of the military will meet this requirement. A valid DD-214 must be submitted to the Records & Registration Department.

Transfer Opportunities

KCC’s Criminal Justice degree is transferable, and students interested in transferring their credits should contact their four-year transfer institution to see how their personal credits will transfer.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Criminal Justice Careers

KCC’s Criminal Justice degree prepares students for many positions in the criminal justice career field. After transferring to a four-year institution and earning a bachelor’ degree, many additional exciting career opportunities will be available (indicated below with an asterisk*).

Possible job areas/titles for graduates with an education in criminal justice include:

  • Border patrol*
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms*
  • Control room operator
  • Corrections officer
  • Crime scene investigator
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation*
  • Homeland security
  • Juvenile detention center
  • Private investigator
  • Probation/parole*
  • Secret Service
  • Security
  • U.S. Marshals

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for criminal justice careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Criminal Justice at KCC?

All instructors in KCC’s Criminal Justice Program are either currently employed in a related field or have retired from it. From practicing defense attorneys and prosecutors to police supervisors, crime scene technicians and correctional staff, the instructors at KCC provide students with a positive learning experience, connect current social events to the course material and have the ability to bring personal experiences to the classroom. Additionally, KCC’s administrative staff prides itself on ensuring every student’s needs are met.

Intro to Criminal Justice

KCC’s Intro to Criminal Justice class gives students a broad picture of the criminal justice system. Guest speakers and field trips are an important part of this program. Why? Because having the opportunity to obtain firsthand information from a K-9 handler, SWAT officer, bomb technician, juvenile probation officer and parole and corrections officials is vital in relating course material to current affairs.

Criminal Investigation

KCC’s Criminal Investigation class is instructed by a real-world crime scene technician who exposes students to course material through a variety of hands-on instructions. From processing a crime scene to lifting a foot impression from the dirt, students are able to connect the dots from the classroom to the job field.

Ethical Problem Solving

Critical thinking and problem-solving are very important skills for students pursuing a career in criminal justice. KCC’s Ethical Problem Solving in Policing class exposes students to the issues that criminal justice practitioners are faced with on a daily basis. Along with learning how to “think outside the box,” students evaluate how their decisions could impact individuals and the community as a whole.