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Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway (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

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree that directly transfers to a designated Criminal Justice bachelor's degree program at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been carefully designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enters the university with junior-year status.  All courses in the Transfer Pathway associate degree will directly transfer and apply to the designated bachelor's degree programs in a related field.

Universities within the Minnesota State system include Bemidji State University; Metropolitan State University; Minnesota State University, Mankato; Minnesota State University Moorhead; Southwest Minnesota State University; St. Cloud State University; and Winona State University.

Core Courses: 27 credits

Code Title Credits
POLS 2250 Constitutional Law 3
SOC 1104 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 2112 Criminology 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 - 32 credits

Code Title Credits
COMM 1111 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGC 1101 Freshman Composition 4
PHIL 1103 Ethics 3

Complete two courses from MnTC Goal 3 taken from two different departments (including one lab course) (7-8)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 4 (MATH 1080 or MATH 1090 strongly recommended). (4)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 5 (PSYC 1110 strongly recommended). (4)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 6 in department other than PHIL (3)

Complete one course from MnTC Goal 10. (3)

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

Code Title Credits
HLTH 1106 Drug Use and Abuse 3
HLTH 2209 Emergency Medical Responder 3

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.