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Criminal Justice (AS) - 60 credits

Why Choose Criminal Justice?

This program will help give students knowledge in crime, the law and the justice system. It will also provide preparation for a variety of career options in criminal justice.

Skills Acquired


Individuals who study Criminal Justice will learn skills in:

  • Law enforcement theory and history
  • Incident response strategies
  • Corrections
  • Labor Relations
  • Budget Management
  • Safety Studies

Careers in Criminal Justice

Projected Job Growth

Employment of probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is projected to show little or no change from 2012 to 2022.

Types of Jobs

The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice provides a comprehensive preparation for careers in various areas of the criminal justice system as well as preparation for a four-year degree in criminal justice, including such careers as:

  • Pre-Law
  • Court Administrator
  • Security Officer


Average Pay

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage nationally for Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists is $48,190 ($23.51 per hour)


Students in criminal justice explore every aspect of crime, the law and the justice system. Normandale's associate degree program prepares you for your next step, whether it's a promotion at your current position or going on for a bachelor's degree and beyond.  

Degrees & Certificates in Criminal Justice

Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice

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In criminal justice programs, students take courses from several areas, including sociology, health, psychology, political science and information technology.

They study the roles and activities of people with regard to maintaining law and order, providing services, and protecting life and property. Students also learn about administration, planning, and research.

Core Courses: 27-28 credits

Code Title Credits
CIM 1201 Information Technology Concepts and Business Software 1 3
or CSCI 1100 Fundamentals of Computers 4
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
HLTH 2209 Emergency Medical Responder 3
POLS 2250 Constitutional Law 3
SOC 2112 Criminology 3
or SOC 2125 Social Deviance 3
SOC 2130 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SOC 2131 Juvenile Justice 3
SOC 2132 Police and Community 3
SOC 2134 Corrections 3

Additional Required Courses - 33-34 credits

Code Title Credits
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
COMM 1131 Intercultural Communication 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
ENGC 2102 Business and Technical Writing 3
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2110 American Minority Relations 3
SOC 2114 Families in Crisis 3
PSYC 1110 Introduction to Psychology 4
or SOC 2108 Social Psychology 3

Complete at least 5 credits from MnTC Goal 3, 4 or 6.

If needed, complete additional courses to reach 60 credits total. The department recommends the following elective courses:

Code Title Credits
EXSC 1129 Fitness for Life I 2
PSYC 2200 Abnormal Psychology 3
SOC 2096 Internship in Sociology 2-4

Other Degree Requirements

  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 for college-level coursework (courses numbered 1000 and above) completed at Normandale.
  • Earn a minimum of 20 college-level credits at Normandale.

Coursework in this degree program satisfies the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).  Please see MnTC Degree Audit Report.