(DRAFT) Criminal Justice (BS)

Achieving your goal of obtaining a four-year degree is attainable through the collaborative effort of HFC and Wayne State. Begin your journey by earning an associate degree at HFC, followed by a seamless transition to Wayne State for the completion of your bachelor's degree. Throughout this academic pursuit, you have the opportunity to embrace the diverse experiences and communities offered by both campuses.

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.

Associate degree options

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

Other degree programs are possible but may exceed 120 total credits.

Henry Ford College  

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) - Satisfies Wayne State University's General Education Requirements

Goal/Area of Study Henry Ford College Course Credits WSU Equivalent
English Composition ENG 131 Intro to College Writing 3 ENG 1020
  ENG 132 College Writing & Research 3 ENG 3010
Humanities/Fine Arts Foreign language** (ARA 131, FRE 131, GER 131, or SPN 131) 4 1 of 2 Foreign language
  See MTA; approved humanities/fine arts (non-foreign language) 3 See advisor
Mathematics See MTA; approved mathematics 4 See advisor
Natural Sciences See MTA; approved science 3 See advisor
  See MTA; approved science with lab 4 See advisor
Social Sciences See MTA; approved social science 3 See advisor
  See MTA; approved social science 3 See advisor
Criminal Justice Pathway Courses Second foreign language** (ARA 132, FRE 132, GER 132, or SPN 132) 4 2 of 2 Foreign Language
  CRJ 131 Intro to Law Enforcement 3 CRJ 1010
  CRJ electives (any CRJ courses) 12 CRJ 1XXX or 2XXX
    49 credits  

**All students pursuing a degree 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.

Transfer Credit Summary  
Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) and Criminal Justice Pathway Courses 49 credits
Associate degree requirements and additional electives*  11-31 credits

*The range of credit hours allows for earning credentials, such as certificates, or additional transfer credit while completing an associate degree. Some course(s) not included in the pathway may satisfy Wayne State requirements.  See advisor for course recommendations based on associate degree requirements, educational interests, and career goals. 


Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BS) Credit
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
Forensic and Investigation Minor (see WSU advisor; Other minors are available but may require additional credits) 15
  36 credits

Candidates must complete 120 credits in course work including satisfaction of the University General Education Requirements and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Group Requirements, as well as the departmental major  requirements cited below. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the University and the College governing undergraduate scholarship and degrees.

Wayne State credit summary Credit
Henry Ford College transferable credits 60-80
Wayne State major and minor 36

Wayne State electives and/or additional degree enhancements


Primary contacts

    Henry Ford College
    Academic Advising
    313-317-6845 | advising@hfcc.edu                                     

             Transfer Student Success Center 
             313-577-2487 | transfer@wayne.edu
             Criminology and Criminal Justice Department
             313-577-2705 | Undergraduate advising crj@wayne.edu    



  • You can review how all courses transfer using the course equivalency tool. For a self-service, customized WSU degree audit, please visit https://wayne.edu/transfer/tess
  • Wayne State requires a minimum of 30 credits in residency.
  • 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).  See transfer credit guidelines
  • 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 HFC will need to be taken at WSU. 
  • These pathways do not replace the importance of HFC and Wayne State academic advising. The pathway provides a general roadmap to degree completion.