This Associate in Arts degree program is designed for the individual who wants to work in the criminal justice system in some capacity other than as a licensed peace officer, i.e. probation, parole, community corrections, corrections officer, corrections counselor, etc. The student is awarded an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from Ridgewater College upon successful completion of the 64 credit curriculum including the Minnesota transfer curriculum (MnTC) with an accumulative GPA of at least 2.00.
 
Course Outline
 
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (40 credits minimum)
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
9 credits required
Course Number   Course Title Credits
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 121   College Comp I 3
ENGL 122   College Comp II 3
-or-
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 121   College Comp I 3
ENGL 123   Technical Writing 3
-or-
CMST 121   Intro to Communication 3
ENGL 130   Honors English 5
 
Goal Area 2: Critical Thinking
This goal will be satisfied by completing one course each from MnTC Goal Areas 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
 
Required Courses
(2 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
LAWE 105 Introduction to Corrections
LAWE 251 Law Enforcement and Human Behavior
Total Credits: 5  
 
Elective Courses
(select 13 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
LAWE 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
LAWE 113 Minnesota Statutes
LAWE 151 Self-Defense: The PR-24
LAWE 152 Self-Defense for the Peace Officer
LAWE 223 Law Enforcement Communications and Employment Prep
LAWE 231 Law Enforcement Operations and Community
LAWE 241 Criminal Investigations
LAWE 242 Terrorism and Homeland Defense
LAWE 290 Cooperative Education 4-12*
Total Credits: 13  
 
General Education Required Courses
(6 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
ENGL 122 College Composition II: Writing with Sources
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 240 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 242 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Total Credits: 19  
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Public Health/PE suggested courses:
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
LAWE 151 Self-Defense: The PR-24
LAWE 152 Self-Defense for the Peace Officer
PE 114 Physical Agility
Total Credits: 2  
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
One course from Group A and one course from Group B
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 8  
 
Goal Area 4: Mathematics/Logical Reasoning
Any Goal 4 course (must be 100 level or above)
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose 3 approved courses from Goal 6.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
 
General Education Elective Courses
Choose any MnTC approved course credit
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 1  
 
Total AA Liberal Arts Degree Credits: 60  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.