Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

About the Programs

The Criminal Justice degree programs at Oakland Community College delivers valuable learning experiences related to law enforcement, corrections, and the court system. You’ll study a broad range of courses, allowing you to discover foundational concepts in criminal law and evidence; police procedures; corrections and security; the American judicial system; and criminology.

The course work focuses on introductory and career-focused material designed to help you begin your career or continue your education to a Bachelor program. Our courses allow you to develop problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills that are necessary for entry-level jobs in all fields.

The Criminal Justice Homeland Security Certificate of Achievement will introduce students to domestic and international terrorism issues and strategies for countering terrorist threats. Best practices will be identified for successful security planning and threat assessment. The key principles of emergency management and disaster planning will be presented to deal with both man-made and natural threats. Successful students will have the opportunity to earn numerous recognitions from FEMA in Incident Command and from the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

The Criminal Justice - Generalist (AAS) program is offered in both the traditional and 100% online format. Faculty teaching in the online program have completed a mandatory faculty distance learning training and development program to ensure you have an engaging, valuable, and consistent learning experience.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of protective service occupations [such as police, corrections, and security] is projected to grow 5 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations, which will result in about 158,200 new jobs.”
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Eligibility Information

Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements. There is an open admissions policy, however in most cases a placement test and new student orientation must also be completed. Students should meet with a counselor before attempting this plan of study.


Programs are primarily offered on the Auburn Hills campus. The Criminal Justice - Generalist (AAS) program is also offered online.

Student Success

OCC's mission is to guide our students to success that fulfills community needs. We make navigating the array of courses and student services easy and accessible. For example, Criminal Justice-Generalist Guided Pathway serves a dual function: easily maps out how a full-time online student can progress through the courses each semester and which semester the courses are offered for all students.

OCC Online provides fully online services such as admissions, registration, counseling, academic support/tutoring, financial aid, bookstore, and library.

Credential Received

OCC's Criminal Justice programs offer a comprehensive curriculum to help prepare you for work in criminal justice. Visit our program descriptions to see what is offered. Program graduates earn an associate in applied science.

Graduation from OCC's Criminal Justice programs meet the educational entrance requirements for the Police Academy at Oakland Community College or other Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) approved training academies. Additional entrance requirements are available at OCC Police Academy and MCOLES.

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