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Criminal Justice program

Criminal Justice

 Options: Associate, Bachelor's, Minor

 Locations: Main Campus, Statewide

Make a Difference

The Criminal Justice program at Ferris State University will prepare you for a successful career in law enforcement, corrections, and a wide variety of local, state, and federal agencies where you can make a positive impact on your community. You will be guided by seasoned, professional faculty through the latest theoretical knowledge as well as hands-on, practical field experiences.

Program Details

Program Concentrations

As a Criminal Justice student, you will choose to specialize your degree program by selecting one of our three major concentrations: Corrections, Generalist, or Law Enforcement.


The Corrections concentration emphasizes areas including probation, parole, adult institutions, community corrections, and the prevention, treatment and control of both youth and adult offenders. The Corrections program at Ferris State University is accredited through the Michigan Correction Officers Training Council.


The Generalist concentration 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.

Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement 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. The Law Enforcement program at Ferris State University is accredited through the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES).