Criminal Justice (BS)

What is Criminal Justice? 

A degree in criminal justice critically examines the nature of crime and how the system responds to and attempts to manage crime. We prepare students intellectually and ethically to understand the complexities of crime, make communities safer, and ensure justice. Our program offers students opportunities for field experience internships, community-engaged research, and analytic writing, preparing them for professional roles or advanced study in graduate or law school.

What can I do with a Criminal Justice Degree? 

Career options in criminal justice are virtually limitless, and many CJ majors earn careers in law enforcement, the courts, corrections, or a variety of non-profit organizations that serve the criminal justice system. Additionally, many continue on to graduate school earning a master's, doctoral, or Juris Doctor.

   Course planning

Choose an area of study (associate degree), earn Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and complete pathway courses. The below pathway outlines the required Henry Ford College courses.  Courses not taken or transferred from Henry Ford College can be completed at Wayne State University.

Choose an area of study

Associate Degree
Associate in Arts (AA)
Associate in General Studies (AGS)
Associate in Science (AS)
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement (AA)
Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement with Academy (AA)

Earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

MTA Requirement/Specific Course Credit Hours Notes
ENG 131 Intro to College Writing (ENG 1020) 3 or ENG 132H
ENG 132 College Writing & Research (ENG 3010)                   3  
Approved Mathematics (see MTA)   4  
Approved Natural Science (see MTA) 3-4  
Approved Natural Science with lab (see MTA) 4-5 Second Science must be from different discipline
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3  
Approved Social Science (see MTA) 3 Second Social Science must be from different discipline
Approved Humanities/Fine Arts (see MTA) 3 Second Humanities/Art must be from different discipline
*ARA 131, FRE 131, GER 131, SPN 131 (see MTA) 4 Satisfies 1 of 2 WSU required foreign language
Total  30 credits (min.)  

*Meets MTA requirements and satisfies Wayne State and/or HFC degree requirements (prerequisites may be required, see HFC Academic Advisor). 

Complete pathway courses

Course Credit Hours
CRJ 131 Intro to Law Enforcement (CRJ1010) 3
CRJ Electives (Any CRJ course) 12 (See WSU advisor)  
*ARA 132, FRE 132, GER 132, SPN 132 (second language, same language) 4 (satisfies 2 of 2 required foreign language proficiency)
Total 19 credits 

*All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must successfully demonstrate language proficiency equivalent to the two-course sequence in a single foreign language. Proficiency is demonstrated by completing courses numbered 1010 and 1020 in one of the following subject area codes: ASL, ARB, ARM, CHI, FRE, GER, GKA, GKM, HEB, ITA, JPN, LAT, POL, RUS, SPA, SWA, and UKR.

  Course planning 

The following courses are required to finish the degree requirements.  Any pathway course(s) not completed at the community college can be completed at Wayne State University.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Criminal Justice

Course Credit Hours
CRJ 2550 Race, Crime, & Justice 3
CRJ 3550 Research Methods in Criminal Justice    3
CRJ 3800 Criminological Theories    3
CRJ Electives (3000-level or above; See WSU advisor)     12
Total 21 credits (minimum)

 Transfer credit summary

Transfer credit summary Credits
Henry Ford College transferable credits 81 credits

Required Wayne State University Major credits

Additional CRJ, Electives, or Minor (see WSU advisor)

21 credits

18-24 credits 

Total credits required to complete bachelor's degree 120 credits (transferred or WSU)
  • WSU requires a minimum of 30 hours in residency. 
  • You can review how courses transfer using the course equivalency tool for other acceptable equivalences. 

How do I get started? 

  • Opt-in to Wayne State Transfer Pathways
  • Schedule a WSU Transfer Success Appointment         
  • Meet with your academic advisors and track your academic progress 


  • The pathway allows multiple associate degree options with the flexibility to customize your degree path. The minimum eligibility to participate in the Wayne State Transfer Pathways is a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA), and an associate degree (earned or Reverse Transfer).  
  • All college-level (non-developmental), non-duplicated courses with a 2.0 (C) grade point average (GPA) or above will be considered for transfer credit.  Earned credit will transfer as 1) direct course equivalency, 2) major/department credit, or 3) elective credit. Credits not earned at the community college will need to be taken at WSU.  
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of community college and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion. 

Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 |                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center 
             313-577-2487 |
             Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
             313-577-2705 | Undergraduate advising          

Career insights

This tool provides a broad overview of how major selection can lead to careers and is provided without any implied promise of employment. Some careers will require further education, skills, or competencies. Actual salaries may vary significantly between similar employers and could change by graduation, as could employment opportunities and job titles.