MSC Southeast - Criminal Justice
Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Criminal Justice

Become a professional in law enforcement.


Our Associate in Science Degree Program in CRIMINAL JUSTICE is a comprehensive program designed to prepare graduates for a career in the criminal justice profession.

The Criminal Justice A.S. Program has three major areas of emphasis: Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections. Students entering the program will be learning the foundation, operations, and principles of the profession. Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for employment and advancement in a wide range of criminal justice careers.

The program is designed to provide a full complement of Liberal Arts and Science courses, transferable to other Minnesota State college and university system institutions. A direct pathway has been developed with numerous local universities to transfer the MSC Southeast Criminal Justice Degree into a 4-year Bachelor's Degree Program. For those students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, a transfer agreement is established with Alexandria Technical and Community College.

A unique characteristic of MSC Southeast's Criminal Justice Program is that 100% of the faculty have experience in the criminal justice profession, totaling over 150 years of experience. Additionally, all faculty have post-graduate degrees. This combination of expertise in the profession coupled with commitment to higher education is a testimony to the depth and knowledge of MSC Southeast's Criminal Justice Program.

Major Offerings

  • Criminal Justice (AS) View Classes
    Winona/Red Wing - 60 cr

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand how the criminal justice system works and how public opinion influences policies for responding to crime
  2. Understand the numerous components of criminal justice system
  3. Understand the causation of friction between community and police such as political influence, corruption, policy/law discretion, and discriminatory acts
  4. Understand the sociological, psychological and biological perspectives on the causation of crime and criminal behavior
  5. Understand hiring practices, training evolutions, subcultures, attitudes and orientation of criminal justice professionals

Criminal Justice Job Placement: 66.7%

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Career Opportunities

  • Corrections Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Local Police Departments
  • State and Federal Agencies
  • Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Security Officers
  • Gaming Surveillance Officers

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Explore the historical development of Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections
  • Overview of the evolution, history, theories and societal responses associated with the juvenile justice system
  • Make-up of the criminal justice system and their interrelationships in our diverse society
  • How society influences policing
  • Examine issues of crime, violence, and punishment from the perspectives of criminal justice professionals, criminals, and prisoners


Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Greg Cady began teaching at Minnesota State College Southeast as an adjunct instructor in 2004 with a fulltime tenure track position in 2007. Prior to joining the teaching team, he dedicated 18 years in various positions within the criminal justice profession. Greg is also a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve with over 25 years of service.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice and Sociology Instructor: 2004-Present
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections: 1993-2007
  • California Department of Corrections: 1989-1993
  • United States Navy: 1985-1989, 1996-Present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Elective Studies Degree: Sociology and Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University

Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-385-6358
Tamra Graham began teaching at Minnesota State College Southeast in 2005. Prior to coming to MSC Southeast, she worked in the private and public sectors of the legal system.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice, Social Science, and Humanities Instructor: 2005- Present
  • Red Wing Community Education Instructor: 2005-2012
  • Goodhue County Family Court Services Custody Evaluator: 2004-2010
  • Strobel & Hanson, PA, Attorney: 2002-2004
  • State of MN First Judicial District Judicial Law Clerk: 2001-2002
  • MN State Bar Association Member: 2001-Present

Educational Background:

  • Juris Doctorate Degree: Law, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Music, University of Alaska – Anchorage

Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Scott McNurlin began teaching at MSC Southeast in 2009. Scott has dedicated almost 35 years of service to the criminal justice profession; currently serving as Goodhue County's Sheriff. His has held numerous law enforcement positions within the Goodhue County Sheriff's Office since 1983. His years of devotion and knowledge to his profession earned him the distinction of being named Officer of the Year and Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Occupational Background:

  • Goodhue County Sheriff's Office: 1983 – Present
  • Goodhue County Sheriff: 2011 – Present
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2009 - Present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts Degree: Police Leadership, Administration and Education, University of St. Thomas
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Individualized Degree Plan in Criminal Justice and Psychology, Metropolitan State University
  • Associate of Science Degree: Law Enforcement, Inver Hills Community College
  • Certificate: Human Resource Management, Hamline University
  • FBI's National Academy: Quantico, VA
  • FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)
Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Roger D. Pohlman began teaching at MSC Southeast in 2015. Roger has dedicated more than 30 years of service to the criminal justice profession; currently serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Red Wing, MN. His experience in law enforcement include Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, Facilities & Equipment Bureau Commander and Office of Professional Standards Lieutenant. He is also a veteran of Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Occupational Background:

  • Criminal Justice Instructor: 2015 - Present
  • City of Red Wing, MN Police Department: 2012 - Present
  • Grand Forks, ND Police Department: 1996 - 2012
  • North Dakota Incident Management Assistance Team: 2009 - 2012
  • North Dakota Army National Guard: 1996 - 2006
  • US Air Force Active Duty Security Police: 1986 - 1996

Educational Background:

  • Masters of Business Administration: Management, University of Mary
  • Masters of Science Administration: Human Resources, Central Michigan University
  • Bachelors of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, Magna Cum Laude, Park University
  • Associate of Science in Psychology: Park University
  • Associate of Arts in Law Enforcement: University of Maryland
  • Associate of Science in Security Administration: Community College of the Air Force
  • School of Police Staff and Command: Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety

Greg Simon began his career in corrections in 1978. He has worked in an all-male corrections facility and in a juvenile detention facility. He has been a juvenile probation officer, and adult misdemeanant / gross misdemeanant probation officer, and a felony probation officer. For the past 11 years he has been an Intensive Supervised Release Agent for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Greg has experience working in all the delivery systems that the State of Minnesota employs to deliver correctional services locally. He is a safety instructor for the DOC in the area of Search and Seizure. Greg is also an active member of the Minnesota Gang Investigators Association and sits on the Goodhue County Criminal Advisory Board.

Educational Background:

  • A.A. Law Enforcement, Inver Hills Community College (1982)
  • B.A. Sociology/Anthropology; Criminology Concentration, Psychology Minor; University of Minnesota Duluth (1984)

Email Address:
Phone Number: 651-385-6411
Travis Volkman began teaching at MSC Southeast in 2013 as an adjunct instructor. Travis brings with him over 14 years of law enforcement experience in the criminal justice system; currently employed with the Goodview Police Department and assigned as an Investigator and Computer Forensics Examiner with the Minnesota Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. In addition to providing presentations about internet crimes against children, Travis teaches an online child exploitation class at Winona State University. Travis is the Field Training Program Coordinator for the Goodview, MN Police Department after having been employed in various rolls of the criminal justice system.

Occupational Background:

  • Police Officer, Goodview, MN: 2005-Present
  • Criminal Justice Instructor: Winona State University, 2012-Present; Southeast Technical, 2013 - Present
  • Winona County Sheriff's Office: 2002-2008
  • Winona County Court Administration: 2003-2005
  • Police Officer, Lewiston, MN: 2004-2005

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Public Safety Executive Leadership, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Science Degree: Criminal Justice, St. Mary's University
  • FBI's Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS)

Tammy Wherley began teaching at MSC Southeast as an adjunct professor in January 2017. She has 20 years of experience with the Minnesota Department of Corrections in various capacities and has held positions at 4 corrections facilities. Previous positions include Corrections Officer, Case Manager, Lieutenant, Program Director, and Associate Warden of Administration. Tammy’s current position is Associate Warden of Operations and MCF-Red Wing. In 2012, Tammy retired with 21 years of service in the United States Army Reserves.

Occupational Background:

  • Adjunct Professor, MSCS: 2017-present
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections: 1997-present

Educational Background:

  • Master of Arts Degree: Health and Human Service Admininstration, St. Mary's University
  • Bachelor of Arts: Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Phone Number: 651-385-6388
Amy Whitcomb began teaching at MSC Southeast in 2010 with a fulltime tenure track position. Prior to coming to MSCS, she taught psychology and criminal justice in Kansas, as well as holding positions in juvenile counseling, foster care case work, and nursing home social services.

Occupational Background:

  • Psychology and Criminal Justice Instructor: 2006 - Present
  • Adjunct Psychology Instructor: 1999-2006
  • Nursing Home Social Services Director: 1997-1998, 2001-2002
  • Foster Care Caseworker: 1995 - 1996
  • Juvenile Residential Counselor: 1993-1995

Educational Background:

  • Master of Science Degree: Psychology, Western Illinois University
  • Further Graduate Study: Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree: Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
  • Associate of Arts Degree: Southeastern Community College

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