Associate in Arts

Liberal Arts (Criminal Justice Transfer)


Contact Information 

Dr. Kelly Wolf, instructor
Old Main 436

Delivery Methods 

Face-to-Face: Wahpeton
Online: Some Classes
Fargo: IVN and Face-to-Face

This transfer curriculum plan is available to the student whose goal is a career in the justice system. This plan is for the student who wishes to complete the Associate in Arts degree at NDSCS, transfer directly to a four-year college or university to complete the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and then complete the one semester Peace Officer Training (or other specific academy for their chosen area of criminal justice). The Criminal Justice transfer curriculum plan at NDSCS includes the freshman and sophomore core courses in English and humanities, math, physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and physical education. All colleges and universities require these core courses for students seeking a bachelor’s degree. An Associate in Arts degree is awarded upon completion of the program.

Individuals interested in criminal justice have several career options available to them. Among the many options are: police, detectives, county and state patrol officers, parole, probation and corrections officers. Also, many jobs are available in the federal government such as: FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, ATF, Secret Service, and DEA.

The Criminal Justice transfer curriculum plan meets the Liberal Arts Program Purposes listed in the NDSCS Catalog.

NOTE: For those students interested in becoming license eligible as peace officers in the State of N.D., a collaboration agreement has been made between NDSCS and Lake Region State College (LRSC). LRSC offers Peace Officer Training (20 credits; NDSCS graduates take 17 of those credits) in Devils Lake, Minot, Grand Forks, and Fargo. Upon completion of Peace Officer Training, the student would be license eligible as a peace officer in the State of N.D. and may choose to continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college.

Admission Requirements

The applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent. Applicants may be required to complete a basic skills evaluation during the admission process.


Upon successful completion of the required courses, students will be awarded an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts.

Required Courses

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Consult academic advisor in selecting electives that are most appropriate for the intended baccalaureate program.

This curriculum meets the North Dakota University System general education requirements as indicated in the NDSCS Catalog under the heading: NDUS General Education Transfer Agreement.

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