Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

About the Program

The online Criminal Justice-Generalist (AAS) degree program 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.

Faculty teaching the courses are highly experienced criminal justice professionals who bring real life experiences to the virtual classroom. Plus, they have completed a mandatory faculty distance learning training and development program to ensure you have an engaging, valuable, and consistent learning experience.

Did you know?

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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Become an OCC Student


This program is offered on the Auburn Hills campus or online.

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.


OCC's Online Learning Management System, D2L, is available to all students 24 hours a day. If you need to visit one of our five conveniently located campuses, then explore our Campuses for hours of operation, maps, and related information.


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's Online Learning offers a broad array of fully online services such as admissions, registration, counseling, academic support/tutoring, financial aid, bookstore, and library.



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"OCC instructors take the time to walk you through technique and always willing to answer questions. They are great"
- Frank S., St. Clair Shores


The Criminal Justice-Generalist online degree program offers a comprehensive curriculum to help prepare you for work in criminal justice. Visit our course description to see what is offered. Program graduates earn an associate in applied science.

Graduation from this online degree program meets 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.