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Associate of Arts Degree - Emphasis in Criminology

AA Degree - Emphasis in Criminology
Associate of Arts Degree - Emphasis in Criminology

Program Overview

​The Associate of Arts Degree - Emphasis in Criminology program 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.

​Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts Degree - Emphasis in Criminology will be prepared to transfer to a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice.

Program Delivery Methods
Online, hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art labs on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

Program Highlights


  • An understanding of the fields of criminology and criminal justice 
  • How to apply criminological theory to contemporary problems and issues​​​
  • Important concepts and principles of the natural sciences, mathematics, history, social and behavioral sciences, arts, and humanities 
  • Skills in thinking, communication, and methods of inquiry and applications of knowledge 
  • How to critically examine and develop an appreciation for diverse people, cultures, and life roles. 
  • Oral and written communication skills to communicate with a wide range of diverse populations 



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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    Additional Requirements for AA Degree

    • 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 Arts (AA) 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.​


  • Career Settings

    ​Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts Degree - Emphasis in Criminology 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
    • Management positions
  • Transfer Pathways

    ​Saint Paul College has a transfer articulation agreement between the following program and post-secondary institution for the baccalaureate degree program listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​

    ​AA Degree​ - Emphasis in Criminology

    • BA Criminal Justice, Metropolitan State University​
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  • Program Advisor

    Pathway Advisors are the Academic Advisors for the Associate of Arts degree 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.​​​​

    Kris D'Meier

    Jolene Sundlie

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