Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Transfer Pathway A.S.

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway A.S. program offers you the powerful opportunity to complete an associate degree and transfer with junior-year status to a designated, criminal justice-related bachelor’s degree program at a Minnesota State university.

Your coursework will prepare you for a career in a variety of criminal justice fields, including security, policing, courts, corrections, rehabilitation, crime prevention, and victim advocacy.

As a student in this A.S. program, you will complete the Criminal Justice Curriculum (15 credits), Program Electives (3 credits), and General Education Requirements (42 credits) for a credit total of 60.

Minnesota State universities:
  • Bemidji State University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Minnesota State University Mankato
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead
  • Southwest Minnesota State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Winona State University

Full-time schedule recommendation

See how to schedule your classes each semester to complete your degree in two years.

Full-Time Recommended Course of Study

Part-time schedule recommendation

Recommendations for a part-time schedule are included in the Criminal Justice Program Planning Guide (see below).

2022-2023 Required Courses

Criminal Justice Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CJS 1150
Introduction to Criminal Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Describes the American system of criminal justice, including theories of crime and justice, criminal law, policing, courts, associated pre- and post-trial legal processes, corrections, juvenile justice, and special issues in criminal justice. This course will also explore criminal justice careers, changes to the system, and the future of criminal justice. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.?

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1152
Peace Officer and Community
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Studies the historical and contemporary roles of policing in society, strategies for positive peace officer-community relations and career-related issues for peace officers. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1154
Juvenile Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Examines the historical foundations, current philosophies, procedures and characteristics of the juvenile justice system. This course explores theories of delinquency, evaluation methods to assess behaviors and develop strategies while working with juveniles, as well as, Minnesota statutes and community corrections systems that apply specifically to juveniles. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1156
American Corrections
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Considers the history, theories and practices of corrections, which will be reviewed and applied to the Minnesota corrections system. Course formerly known as CJS1156 Introduction to Corrections.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Fall 2022

CJS 2158
Criminology
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Explores the biological, sociological, and psychological perspectives on the etiology of criminal behavior and applies them to selected case histories. Course formerly known as CJS 1158 Criminology.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022

Total Credits in Criminal Justice Curriculum 15

Program Electives

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

COMM 2240
EMS 1100
HLTH 1130
PSYC 2250
Intercultural Communication

Emergency Medical Responder

Drug Use and Abuse

Abnormal Psychology

Intercultural Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 08
Explores factors that influence communication between individuals of different cultures. In our global society we are increasingly called upon to communicate in a variety of intercultural contexts. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship between cultural orientation and communication behaviors. Identifying their own cultural biases and assumptions will help students increase their awareness and tolerance of individual and group differences. Students will learn to demonstrate cultural sensitivity in interpersonal contacts and identify skills for interacting with people from culture groups other than their own. Students may not earn credit for both COMM 1114 and COMM 2240.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Emergency Medical Responder
Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides instruction in emergency medical care for those who are first on the scene of an accident or medical emergency; intended for police officers, firefighters, and other public safety personnel. Includes patient assessment, CPR, airway management including oxygen, adjunct airways and other resuscitation equipment, medical emergencies including seizures, strokes, heart attacks, poisonings and cover trauma management as well as bandaging, splinting and spinal immobilization. Students will be certified upon completion through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Fall 2022

Drug Use and Abuse
Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides an overview of the fundamental concepts in drug use and abuse. The course will focus on the drugs of abuse that are most commonly used in the United States and will emphasize the physiological, social, psychological, legal, and health aspects of drug use and abuse. Special attention will be focused on the motivations of drug use/abuse for college students. Critical thinking and communication skills will be emphasized to explain and reinforce personal health choices. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard K2 8710.2000, Subp. 11, Standard 10E.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Abnormal Psychology
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Explores the classification, assessment, diagnosis, symptoms, causes, and treatment of common psychopathologies, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders, and substance-related and addictive disorders.

Prerequisites:

  • PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 1201 Introduction to Psychology with Lab

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Summer 2021
  • Fall 2021
  • Spring 2022
  • Summer 2022
  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Program Electives 3

General Education Requirements

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 1)
Communication: ENGL 1108 Writing & Research Skills. ENG 1111, 1114 OR 1130. COMM 1100 Interpersonal Communication
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 2)
Satisfied by First Year Experience course or MnTC completion



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3)
BIOL 1123 recommended OR Any Goal 3b course
2



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
MATH 1103 recommended
1



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology, POLS 1121 State and Local Government³ OR POLS 1161 Constitutional Law, SOC 1127 Social Inequalities: Race, Class and Gender
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)
Any Goal 6a course. PHIL 1112 Ethics. Any additional Goal 6a or 6b course
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 7)
SOC 1127 - Satisfied by Pathway



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)
May be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goal 6
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 9)
INTS 1150 Public Service in Diverse Communities² OR SJS 1100 Introduction to Social Justice
1



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
May be satisfied by utilizing a course from Goal 3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Requirements 42
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.

Footnotes:
1CJS 2289 Field Experience in Criminal Justice may be substituted to fill this requirement.

2Students intending to continue on to the Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core, and not currently certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), should choose EMS 1100 Emergency Medical Responder as their program elective. All students intending to pursue the Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core must choose INTS 1150 Public Service in Diverse Communities as their Goal 9 course.

3 Students intending to transfer to MN State University Mankato should choose POLS 1121 State & Local Government.