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Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway Associate of Science Degree

Location(s): In Person and Online

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Program Overview

Major ID: TPCJ

Program Start Dates: Fall, Spring, Summer

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway provides students the opportunity to study specific types of crime, the theories of crime and punishment, the psychological and social origins of criminal behavior, and social value systems. Students will also examine criminal law and criminal justice systems, penology, rehabilitation, recidivism, social attitudes concerning crime and the justice system, and criminal justice policy.

Career Opportunities

Students who successfully complete the Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice. With a degree in criminal justice, you can work in a number of careers fields within the justice system such as court administrators, social workers, parole officers, correctional officers and management positions.

Program Outcomes

  1. Differentiate law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the U.S. criminal justice system.
  2. Apply criminological theory to contemporary problems and issues.
  3. Analyze the importance of diversity with regard to people, cultures, and roles in the criminal justice system.
  4. Use a variety of criminological sources.
  5. Communicate about diverse issues in the criminal justice system.

Program Faculty

Kris D’Meier

Jolene Sundlie

Program Advisors

Pathway Advisors are the Academic Advisors and are located in the Advising Center, Room 1340, Main Floor. For assistance or additional information, please call our Advising Center at 651.846.1739 or email: advising@saintpaul.edu

Additional Requirements

  • At least 60 earned college-level credits (40 MnTC credits and 20 additional MnTC, pre-major or elective credits)
  • A grade of “C” or better in ENGL 1711  
  • Associate of Science (AS) cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Meet Saint Paul College residency requirement: 20 credits. This requirement may be reduced to 12 credits with transfer of at least 12 college-level credits from another Minnesota State College and University or the University of Minnesota.

Transfer Opportunities

Saint Paul College has transfer agreements & partnerships between many post-secondary institutions. For more information please go to saintpaul.edu/Transfer.

Program Requirements

MnTC Requirements

Refer to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) Course List  for each Goal Area

  • Goal 1: Communication 9 Credits

    ENGL 1711 - Composition 1  4 Credits
    ENGL 1712 - Composition 2  2 Credits
    COMM 17XX 3 Credits
  • Goal 2: Critical Thinking
    Fulfilled when 10 goal areas (40 credits) are completed.
  • Goal 3: Natural Science 7 Credits
    Two courses from two different disciplines, one of which must be a lab course.
  • Goal 4: Mathematical/Logical Reasoning 3 Credits
    One course numbered between
    1700-1799 or 2700-2799.

    MATH 1740 - Introduction to Statistics   (recommended) - 4 Credits
  • Goal 5: History, Social Sciences and Behavioral Sciences 9 Credits
    Three courses from two different disciplines.
    Pathway courses SOCI 1772  - 3 Credits and SOCI 17XX - 3 Credits will count toward Goal 5.
    One additional non-SOCI course is required.

  • Goal 6: Humanities & Fine Arts 9 Credits
    Three courses from two different disciplines. Pathway course PHIL 1720  3 Credits will count toward Goal 6.
  • Goal Areas 7-10
    Select courses to meet all 10 Goal Areas

MnTC Requirements Total: 40 Credits

Course Sequence

Students are allowed to take the courses in any sequence. However, all course prerequisites need to be followed. For specific suggestions, please speak with a Pathway Advisor or one of the program faculty. Students should consult with the Program Advisor each semester. Not all courses are offered each semester; a selection of courses is offered summer term.

Total Program Credits: 60

If courses are counted in both the Pathway Requirements and the MnTC Requirements students may need to complete additional classes to reach the 60 credit total.

Information is subject to change.This Program Requirements Guide is not a contract.

Minimum Program Entry Requirements
Students entering this program must meet the following minimum program entry requirements:

Reading: Score of 250+ or grade of “C” or better in READ 0722  or READ 0724  or EAPP 0900  

Writing: Score of 250+ on Reading Comprehension or grade of “C” or better in ENGL 0922  or EAPP 0900  

Arithmetic: Score of 200+; Visit the Advising Center to determine if the transfer programs require college-level mathematics.

Assessment Results and Prerequisites: Students admitted into Saint Paul College programs may need to complete additional courses based on assessment results and course prerequisite requirements. Certain MATH, READ, and ENGL courses have additional prerequisites.

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