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Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway

  • Associate of Science (AS)
  • 60 credits
  • Delivery Method: On-Campus

Why Study Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway at LSC?

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway AS offers students a powerful option: the opportunity to complete an Associate of Science degree with course credits that directly transfer to designated Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree programs at Minnesota State universities. The curriculum has been specifically designed so that students completing this pathway degree and transferring to one of the seven Minnesota State universities enter 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.

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Integrated in the curriculum is the unique Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings together campus-based students with incarcerated students for a semester-long course held at the Duluth Federal Prison Camp. Lake Superior College is just one of four colleges/universities in Minnesota to be part of the program and the only higher ed institution in the state that incorporates it within a degree program.

The Inside-Out Prison Exchange program is unlike any class you have ever had.

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Career Information

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development, and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) to gather valuable career information such as wage reports, career outlook, job prospects, industry trends, and career opportunities. These tools are available to help empower students to make informed decisions about their educational and professional paths.

Below you will find the Career Field and Career Cluster that this program is related to. Learn more about if this career area fits your interests!

Is Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security right for you?

Law, public safety, corrections, and security workers are found in a variety of settings. For example, you might guard the public and enforce the law as a police officer or security guard. Or, you might provide fire protection as a firefighter.

Plan Your Education

The Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway Program Guide is a tool to help you map out how to successfully get your degree at Lake Superior College.

View approximate total tuition and fees for MN residents to complete this degree.

Program Participation Requirements

To begin this program, you need to be at a specific skill level in English/reading and math.


  • Eligible for ENGL 1106 – College Composition I, or
  • Completion of ENGL/READ 0950/0955 (or equivalent or higher). ENGL/READ 0950/0955 may not be taken concurrently with Semester I


A college level math course is required for graduation. Students must satisfy course pre-requisites for college level math courses, which may require more than one semester of additional math. Connect with your advisor for assistance with course placement.

There are other ways to qualify. Visit Course Placement to find out more.

Program Outcomes

Analyze the structure and function of the criminal justice system using methods of sociological inquiry.

  1. Assess the impact of politics and social change on the criminal justice system
  2. Review the roles of the three components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and
  3. Evaluate the impact of social power, norms, and biases in determining how criminal laws are made and enforced.
  4. Devise approaches to resolve criminal and social justice

A student completing Lake Superior College’s Minnesota State Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway and transferring into a designated bachelor’s program in Criminal Justice at a Minnesota State university will have junior standing and may complete the bachelor’s degree within an additional 60 credits. You will be able to transfer to the following designated majors at Minnesota State universities:

  • At Bemidji State University: Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Emphasis
  • At Metropolitan State University: Criminal Justice, BA
  • At Minnesota State, Mankato: Criminal Justice, BS
  • At Minnesota State, Moorhead: Criminal Justice, BA At Southwest Minnesota State N/A
  • At St. Cloud State University: Criminal Justice, BA At Winona State University: N/A

In order to graduate and be guaranteed admission to a Minnesota State university’s designated program you must earn an overall grade point average as indicated by the university to which you will transfer.

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