Criminal Justice Transfer Major

Human and Public Services Liberal Arts and Transfer

Study and understand the three main elements of the justice system: the courts, law enforcement and corrections. The study of criminal justice involves research methods for criminology, criminological theory and the psychology behind criminal behavior. The criminal justice transfer program provides a well-rounded liberal arts and social sciences-focused education in addition to criminal justice topic areas. The program provides a foundation for advanced study in many criminal justice areas, including juvenile justice, criminal law, corrections, the judicial process and crime prevention. This program fulfills the first two years of a four-year degree. Agreements with four-year colleges ensure your credits transfer.

Award: Associate of Arts
Credits: 60
Locations: Calmar, Online, Peosta
Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Paying for the Program


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $15,768*

There are many options available for tuition savings. Contact the Admissions or Financial Aid office for more information.

Financial Aid Info
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  3. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 
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Northeast Iowa Community College maintains formal transfer agreements with the institutions listed below.  If you plan to transfer to a four-year college, you should consult with your NICC advisor and an advisor at the four-year institution you intend to transfer with any questions or to select courses that satisfy the requirements of that institution.

Anne Hayes
Paralegal and Criminal Justice Instructor

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 1594
  • Location: Calmar