2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, Associate Degree, ACJ

Program Description

Code 314 - 60 Credits

The Associate Degree in Criminal Justice is a program designed to prepare students for a career in criminal justice or to provide students with a degree that will meet the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program. Please carefully consider course requirements for chosen majors at your transfer institution and work with an Academic Advisor to select appropriate courses from the available transfer guides or from the courses that meet the MTA.

Requirements for the Degree

  1. A minimum of sixty (60) credit hours earned, excluding BIOL, TSEN, TSMA, TSRE courses with numbers less than 100, and MUSI 100 .
  2. A cumulative grade point average at KCC of at least 2.0.
  3. A minimum of fifteen (15) credit hours must be completed at Kellogg Community College.
  4. A maximum of 75% of the credit hours required for a degree may be documented and transferred to KCC.
  5. All first-time, degree-seeking, KCC students must complete the FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar  course with a grade of C or higher. See an Academic Advisor for course completion and/or any questions pertaining to the FYS course.

Service-Learning Requirement

Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree will be required to complete a service-learning experience. The final grade in the course must qualify for academic credit in order to receive the service-learning endorsement. Please contact an Academic Advisor for courses that offer a service-learning experience, or search in the class schedules.


There are no additional admission requirements to pursue this degree other than what is required by Kellogg Community College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a working knowledge of the criminal justice system and how various interconnected agencies work to achieve human service through collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
  2. Students will be able to describe and implement the main principals of the United States Constitution and apply those principals to individual rights, due process and current issues surrounding the field of criminal justice.
  3. Students will become familiar with criminal law and procedure, victimization, the adjudication process, corrections options, evidence, ethics, and theory.
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills, both written and verbal, by researching, documenting, reporting, and presenting on various theories or topics related to criminal justice.

Required General Education Courses

All Students who obtain an Associate degree or an Associate of Applied Science degree must complete the FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar   course with a grade of a C or higher. This degree requirement can also be achieved by earning a degree from an accredited institution or transferring 24 or more credits from another accredited institution applicable to their degree. See an Academic Advisor, or connect with the Integrative Learning Department, for course completion and/or any questions pertaining to the FYS course.


For more Criminal Justice program information, see the program webpage: https://kellogg.edu/academics/areas-of-study/social-sciences-human-services-criminal-justice/criminaljustice/.

To apply to the Criminal Justice program and begin mapping your course sequence, use this link advising@kellogg.edu to make an appointment with an academic advisor.