Criminal Justice

Explore Criminal Justice at Bay College

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Why Criminal Justice?

Criminal Justice is an exciting and competitive field, and students interested in pursuing a career in this area need to be focused, disciplined and dedicated to excellence. This program offers students a variety of courses across all criminal justice disciplines, preparing students for a vast array of careers in public safety, law enforcement, corrections, court systems, homeland security and more. Both law enforcement and corrections are currently experiencing an increase in hiring qualified candidates in Michigan and beyond. Students who complete the four core criminal justice classes will also have the opportunity to complete an internship that provides real world experience in a criminal justice agency.

Why Bay College?

Bay College offers students a solid education in the Criminal Justice field presented by instructors who have a vast array of experience and at least five years of field work in the areas of Law Enforcement, Criminal Courts and Corrections. The expertise brings a practical and unique perspective to each course. Class sizes are small, and instructors take a very hands-on approach to teaching this very interesting and important degree path.

Certificate and Degree Information
Certificate and Degree Options
Certificate/DegreeCompletion CreditsContact Hours
Corrections Officer (Certificate)16.00
Criminal Justice (AA)60.00
Homeland Security60.00
Law Enforcement62.00
Criminal Justice

Beyond Bay College

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice degree prepares students interested in a careers in either corrections or law enforcement for immediate entry into the workforce or to a police academy upon graduation. This program provides a balance of technical, vocational, and liberal arts course studies.

The Associate of Science (AA) pathway is designed for students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to obtain a bachelor's degree or higher in criminal justice or law. In preparation for transfer, the program provides students with a strong general education background, and upon completion satisfies the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) general education requirements.

Bay College in agreement with LSSU Escanaba Regional Center offers a bachelor's degree program in criminal justice which may be completed totally on the campus of Bay College.


Career Opportunities

A degree in Criminal Justice opens the door to many opportunities in a very competitive field. Graduates in Criminal Justice typically work in the court system, law enforcement, or corrections within the local, regional, state, federal and private sectors in positions such as:

  • Police Officer
  • DNR Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Professional
  • Secret Service Agent

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