School of Criminal Justice

What is the School of Criminal Justice Mission Statement?

Criminal JusticeThe School of Criminal Justice at Ferris State University, through partnerships with agencies within and related to the criminal justice field, creates the fundamental preparation for successful careers and responsible citizenship. The academic pursuit of excellence for both students and faculty is provided in a learning environment that combines the theoretical knowledge with the practical application.

Why Choose Ferris?

The Criminal Justice major follows the Ferris philosophy of offering career-oriented curriculum that prepares students for a professional career. This combination of training and education is the foundation of the Criminal Justice program.

Positions in this field include opportunities within city police departments, county sheriff's departments, state and federal agencies, adult probation and parole, juvenile services and casework, corrections facilities, security companies and private investigation firms.

What Are My Options?

The Criminal Justice bachelor's degree at Ferris State University has three options: Law Enforcement, Corrections and Criminal Justice Generalist.

officersCriminal Justice Law Enforcement Option

This option is for students planning to concentrate in the law enforcement area of the criminal justice system. You will prepare for administrative and management positions with municipal, county, state and federal agencies. The program includes the entire basic training curriculum, required by Michigan law, to be a law enforcement officer.

Criminal Justice Corrections Option

This option emphasizes areas of criminal justice other than law enforcement, including probation, parole, adult institutions, community corrections, and the prevention, treatment and control of both youth and adult offenders.

Criminal Justice Generalist Option

This option provides general education in criminal justice, as well as allowing you the choice to obtain technical skills by enrolling in clusters of courses in the areas of forensic science, communication, accounting, computer information systems, human resource management, Spanish, military science or social sciences.

What Will I Study?

Depending on the option you choose, you will study subjects such as:

  • Police Procedures
  • Critical Thinking for Criminal Justice Professionals
  • Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Police/Community Relations
  • Crime Scene Investigation Techniques and the collection of evidence
  • Methods of cause and prevention of crime and juvenile delinquency
  • Correctional Field Services (probation & parole)
  • Corrections (Institutions)
  • Criminal law and procedure
  • Crime control policy

How Can I Enroll?

Admission to the B.S. degree program is granted on a competitive basis, as space permits. Students who enter the program prior to the junior level enroll in the Pre-Criminal Justice program. (Completion of the Pre-Criminal Justice program does not guarantee acceptance into the B.S. degree program.)

Questions? Contact the School of Criminal Justice at (231) 591-5080 or contact Dr. Steve Reifert, Director of School of Criminal Justice. Email: