Uphold the law.

Create a safer society.

Those who work within the criminal justice system help maintain social order by preventing and reducing crime. Usually, people who work in this area are driven by a desire to help others and make the world a safer place. The field is broad and multi-disciplinary. A degree in criminal justice provides the foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or the courts.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

General Requirements

A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Criminal Justice Associate Degree from Baker College

Criminal JusticeAssociate of Applied Science

Uphold the law.

Create a safer society.

Those who work within the criminal justice system help maintain social order by preventing and reducing crime. Usually, people who work in this area are driven by a desire to help others and make the world a safer place. The field is broad and multi-disciplinary. A degree in criminal justice provides the foundation for careers in law enforcement, corrections or the courts.

Discover Your Future Criminal Justice Career

Career Facts

$38,970

Median salary for Correctional Officers

5%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for Correctional Officers

$48,190

Median salary for Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

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Overview

The Baker College Criminal Justice associate degree program opens the door to a wide variety of work within the field. Our curriculum prepares you—through class work and real-world training—for careers at the federal, state and local levels, whether your goal is to work in law enforcement, corrections, or the courts. 

Designed by working professionals in the criminal justice field, the Baker Criminal Justice program follows the standards of the Michigan Corrections Officers Training Council. You explore the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of crime, justice, and social issues, and develop the skills necessary to respond to complex and dynamic situations appropriately.

Course Information
Criminal Justice Major Requirements70 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CRJ 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the skills, tools, and methods needed for various criminal justice professions. This course explores philosophical underpinnings of crime and punishments among police, corrections, and the courts. Various ethical and duty related issues are also examined. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Criminal Justice4
CRJ 106
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces the philosophy and history of corrections. This course also includes the development of current forms and approaches to corrections including probation, parole, security concepts, and related agencies. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Introduction to Corrections4
CRJ 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides content approved by the Michigan State 9-1-1 Committee meeting the requirements for the basic 40 hour dispatcher training program. Topics include telecommunicator roles, public safety overview, professionalism, teamwork, ethics, stress management, call classification, technology, and customer service. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
9-1-1 Telecommunications I4
CRJ 112
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides content approved by the Michigan State 9-1-1 Committee meeting the requirements for the advanced 40 hour dispatcher training program. Topics include domestic violence, suicide intervention, 9-1-1 liability, stress management, and homeland security issues. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
CRJ 111, Student background check.
9-1-1 Telecommunications II4
CRJ 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a more in-depth study of corrections as part of the criminal justice system. Specific discussions include the evolution of corrections, organization and development of jails in America, alternatives to incarceration, probation, parole, and the concept of community-based corrections, management and organization of correctional institutions, custodial care, safety and security, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Correctional Facilities4
CRJ 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the meaning and function of culture, the impact and meaning of discrimination, minorities, attitude formation, and professional responsiveness for criminal justice professionals. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Client Relations4
CRJ 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines normal versus criminal behavior, human development and criminal patterns, specific problems, and intervention strategies. This course explores psychological, sociological, and biological theories of criminal behavior. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Criminology4
CRJ 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a thorough examination of how the law impacts corrections related decisions. This course also examines constitutional law, the court process, US courts, and prisoner rights. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Legal Issues in Corrections4
CRJ 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with interpersonal communication and conflict management skills that can be used to manage cooperative and uncooperative individuals in criminal justice environments. Application of the skills will be practiced through the use of role play exercises in simulated situations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management4
CRJ 221
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students the learning opportunity to conduct basic investigations, assessments, interviews, and interrogations which may be necessary in criminal justice settings. Students will practice providing oral summaries, note taking, and computer based report writing in a variety of formats, including logs, client assessments, incident reports, investigation reports, interview summaries, and other related documents. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102, Student background check.
Interviewing, Investigations and Report Writing4
CRJ 231
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines both historical and contemporary methods of policing. An emphasis is placed on ethical behavior along with an introduction of tools, skills, and methods used for effective policing. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Principles of Policing I4
CRJ 261A
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4 Quarter Hours

Includes an overview of current forms of security throughout the world. This course allows students to obtain general information on risk management, legal considerations, and ethical issues in the security realm. Students are offered the opportunity to experience risk management activities, communications skills, and develop the ability to effectively seek out a security profession of their choosing.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Security Management4
CRJ 281A
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students an opportunity to share current experiences to the didactic components of the program. Requires students to perform a minimum of 120 hours of paid/unpaid work experience in a criminal justice agency under the supervision of appropriate personnel to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102, PSY 101 or PSY 111, C or better in CRJ 101, minimum GPA 2.50, Sophomore status, Student background check.
Corequisite(s):
WRK 291B.
Criminal Justice Work Experience I4
CRJ 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the history of juvenile justice models and current processing of juvenile offenders. This course will also examine how the processing of juvenile offenders differs from adult offenders and the unique problems associated with juvenile offenders. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Juvenile Justice Concepts4
CRJ 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on foundational ethical principles and theories including the application of ethical decision making as it relates to criminal justice professionals. The societal implications of unethical behavior are also examined. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice4
HSC 102
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1 Quarter Hours

Provides information on adult and pediatric CPR, including two-rescuer scenarios and use of the bag-valve mask. This course provides training in foreign-body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious), automated external defibrillation (includes child AED update), special resuscitation situations, and other cardiopulmonary emergencies at the professional rescuer level. This is an American Heart Association course and provides training in basic first-aid procedures and a module on environmental emergencies. Students will attain Heartsaver First Aid and AHA Basic Life Support for Health Care Provider certifications upon successful completion of required components and tests.

BLS Provider Training and First Aid1
PSY 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the symptomatology, diagnosis, and causes of various forms of psychopathology. Topics include current theory and research; ethical and social issues; and historical and current approaches to treatment of mental illness.

Prerequisite(s):
PSY 101 or PSY 111.
Abnormal Psychology4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
CRJ 171
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on unarmed defensive tactics, control and movement of prisoners, control of uncooperative subjects, use of non-lethal weapons, and officer survival. Practical training is based on methods of both defensive and offensive techniques used in the control of violent subjects. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Defensive Tactics4
CRJ 181
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an overview of the historical development and implementation of community-based correctional programs and the advantages, disadvantages, effectiveness, and community impact of such programs. Emphasizes supervision of individuals on probation and parole including interviewing, counseling and referral to resources, and preparing written court reports and oral presentations during pre-sentence investigations. Must complete with a C (73%) or better.

Prerequisite(s):
Student background check.
Community Corrections4
General Education Requirements32 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ELECT 161A
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161B
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ELECT 161C
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2 Quarter Hours

See General Information Elective List - Computer Literacy Electives.

Computer Literacy Elective2
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 161
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2 Quarter Hours

Explores timely social, legal, philosophical, ethical, political, constitutional, and economic implications of computing and technology. Coverage of the issues related to a technological society including social networking, privacy topics such as cameras in cell phones, access to our search queries and all sorts of data we put on the Web, social networking, location tracking, high-tech surveillance systems, intellectual property, professional ethics and responsibilities, and crime.

Technology and Society2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
WRI 115
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses professional standards of communication with a focus on 21st century technology. Continues  developing students' critical thinking and writing skills to prepare them to be effective communicators in the workplace. Students evaluate the audience before choosing and applying the appropriate communication medium and style. Required elements include an employment portfolio, a group project/presentation, and an exploration of communication in the student's individual career field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102.
Workplace Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 102

Program Description

This program prepares graduates with the skills, tools, and methods needed to work in the criminal justice profession. The program explores the philosophical underpinnings of crime and justice. Graduates will understand the interrelatedness of police, corrections, and the courts. Concepts of justice, duty, and societal issues will be examined along with various ethical issues related to criminal justice topics. Graduates will model ethical behavior and a commitment to service with the skills necessary to respond to complex and dynamic situations appropriately. Interpersonal communication and writing skills germane to the criminal justice profession are practiced throughout the program.

Accreditation

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is regionally accredited—the highest level of accreditation awarded in the U.S.—by The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois  60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, regionally accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the following regional institutional accreditor: The Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504; (800) 621-7440; Web address: http://www.hlcommission.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

  • How do I apply for a student loan?

    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin.

    If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.

    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:

    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
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