Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Catalog

Pathway Degree with Public Service Concentration, A.A.


Academic Plan Code: P12

This Pathway Program with a concentration in Public Services is designed for those students who are still deciding which specific area within the Academic Pathway they would like to study or for those who intend to transfer in a related area for which GRCC does not offer an academic program.  Students who have decided on an academic program within the Academic Pathway offered at GRCC should select that program and follow the coursework plan outlined in that program.

Students who graduate from this program will earn an Associate of Arts degree from GRCC and may be eligible to earn the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) credential. 

The coursework needed to complete this program is listed below.  The highest priority courses are listed in order and are organized to give students both an opportunity to explore the field and complete general education requirements for the degree. The open elective coursework allows students the opportunity to work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to select courses and create an individualized transfer plan. Transfer plans are created by identifying an academic program at a 4-year institution, and choosing general education and open elective courses that will allow the student to complete the first two years of that 4-year academic program at GRCC.  It is recommended that students select an academic program and/or transfer institution as early as possible to minimize taking unnecessary coursework.

Students applying to GRCC’s Criminal Justice programs with selective admissions processes, including the Police Academy and the Sheriff’s Corrections Academy, will need to apply to those programs after they have been accepted to the College. Students should contact the Criminal Justice department for information about the selective admissions application process and may also visit the Police Academy and Sheriff’s Corrections Academy program webpages. 

 

Academic Placement


Students with academic placements should follow these guidelines when selecting coursework for Priority I.

College Readiness:  Strategies for College and Life Success (PY 100 ) must be taken in the first semester at GRCC.

Math:  Math courses should be selected based on ALEKS placement score.

Reading/Writing:  Integrated Reading and Writing (IRW) courses should be taken in the first semester at GRCC. See the table below for courses that can be taken with IRW courses.

IRW 97 COM 131 , CJ 105 , CJ 110 , CJ 111 , CJ 115 , CJ 135 CJ 140 , CJ 145, CJ216, CJ221  
IRW 98  COM 131 , COM 135 , CJ 105 CJ 110 CJ 111 CJ 115 , CJ 135 CJ 140 , CJ 145 CJ 216 CJ 221  
IRW 99/EN 101 COM 131 , COM 135 , CJ 105 , CJ 110 , CJ 111 , CJ 115 , CJ 135 ,  CJ 140 , CJ 145 , CJ261, CJ221  
EN 101 COM 131 , COM 135 , CJ 105  , CJ 110 , CJ 111 , CJ 115 , CJ 135 CJ 140 , CJ 145, CJ261, CJ221  

Priority I


Students should select courses from the Priority I list based on the number of credits they wish to take during the semester. If students are unable to schedule Priority I courses they should move to and select from the list of Priority II courses. 

Priority I Elective Options


Students should select two (2) courses from the list below, based on their education and career interests.

Criminal Justice


Juvenile Services


Priority II


After completing the Priority I courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals. 

  • If a student wishes to move into a specific academic program or to a different Academic Pathway, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program.
  • Students who wish to remain in this Pathway Program or who are still deciding on an academic program should take the Priority II courses listed below. If students are unable to schedule Priority II courses, they should prioritize taking the remaining general education course requirements needed for this program. 
  • Students should review progress toward acdemic program completion.

When making the decision to select EN 102 , COM 131 , or COM 135 , consider the program requirements at GRCC or transfer institution.  Select a Humanities or Social Sciences General Education Elective from subject areas other than what was chosen in Priority I. 

Priority II Elective Options


Students should select two (2) courses from the list below, based on their education and career interests. Course selection must be different than Priority I.

Pathway Next Steps


After completing the Priority II courses, students should consider if this Pathway Program still meets their education and career goals.
 

  • At this point, it is very important that students work with a GRCC advisor or faculty member to get help with course selection and to map out their future coursework based on their academic and career goals.
     
  • If a student wishes to move into a specific academic program or to another Academic Pathway, they should initiate this change using the Declaration of Academic Program in the student Online Center and begin taking the courses in the academic program or Academic Pathway Program.
     
  • If students want to remain in this Pathway Program or are still deciding on an academic program they should:
  • Once the coursework in Priorities I and II, and the General Education requirements for this program are completed, any courses may be taken to complete this degree. The remaining number of courses will depend on the number of credit hours needed to reach the 60 credits required for graduation. For students intending to transfer to a 4-year institution, remaining courses should be selected based on the identified program or major at the college or university they plan to attend.

Total Credit Hours


60