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What is a Transfer Pathway?

A transfer pathway represents a typical course schedule/sequence for a student planning to complete the A.A. degree within two years, then transfer and major in a specific discipline. A transfer pathway is not institution-specific. 

It is important to understand that the pathway provided in the adjacent tab is just one possible combination of classes by which to complete an A.A. and prepare for transfer in your chosen area of study. Other course combinations and sequences can work, too. It is strongly recommended that students work directly and frequently with a COD academic counselor/advisor, a COD faculty advisor, and academic counselors/advisors at potential transfer schools, to develop and execute a plan that works best for them.

For more information about Justice Studies, please visit the program page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Required Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
CRIMJ 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 1 3
ENGLI 1101 English Composition I 3
Gen EdMathematics 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Second Semester
CRIMJ 1145 Introduction to Homeland Security 1, 2 3
ENGLI 1102 English Composition II 3
SPEEC 1100 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Gen EdLife Sciences 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Summer Semester
ELECTIVEElective 3
Third Semester
CRIMJ 1130 Introduction to Corrections 1,2 3
CRIMJ 2150 Multiculturalism and Diversity 1, 2 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
Gen EdHumanities and Fine Arts 3
Gen EdPhysical Sciences 3-5
Fourth Semester
CRIMJ 2240 Juvenile Delinquency 2 3
ElectiveProgram Elective 3
Gen EdSocial and Behavioral Sciences 3
ElectiveElective 3
ElectiveElective 3
 Total Credits63-65

Foundational prerequisite course for stackable credentials in the Justice Studies program.


Recommended Program Elective.

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural or interest-based Student Club.
  • Make an appointment with a full-time faculty member to discuss course selections and co-curricular activities.
  • Join the Academy of Law and Criminal Justice Club / Chi Upsilon Honors Society.
  • Declare the credentials you desire to complete.
  • Schedule Math and English placement tests as necessary prior to the start of the semester.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.
  • If considering transferring to one of our partner institutions, schedule an appointment with one of their advisors.

Fourth Semester

  • Formally apply for degree and certificate credentials.

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A. degree, please visit the A.A. degree catalog page.

Please note that the A.A. and A.S. Degrees currently require a minimum of 64 hours for completion. If the transfer pathway listed above has fewer than 64 hours listed, students will need to take additional coursework to reach that minimum. Students should consult with a faculty or program advisor to discuss their options.