Transfer Pathways at MSC Southeast pave the way for university degrees in English, political science, and sociology


With the launch of three new Transfer Pathways at Minnesota State College (MSC) Southeast, the journey to completing a four-year degree in English, political science, or sociology has become easier and less expensive for students in Winona and Red Wing, Minn.

“These Transfer Pathway degrees will help students build the foundation of a liberal arts education that involves critical thinking, promotes lifelong learning, and will serve them well in any profession,” said MSC Southeast Dean of Academics Jo Poncelet.

Transfer Pathway degrees are two-year associate degrees that transfer smoothly into related majors at any university in the Minnesota State system, such as St. Cloud State University, Bemidji State University, or Winona State University. Students complete the first two years of classes at MSC Southeast, then start their bachelor’s degrees as juniors without any loss of credits.

“Students save time and money by beginning at MSC Southeast,” said Poncelet. “Our classes are smaller and more personal, the cost of tuition is lower, and we offer flexible online and on-campus courses.”

English Transfer Pathway

The English Transfer Pathway degree includes core courses in both writing and literature, as well as several English electives. Students also have the option of simultaneously completing the Creative Writing Certificate ( while pursuing the English Pathway:

Political Science Transfer Pathway

The study of political science teaches valuable analytical, communication, and research skills. Political Science Transfer Pathway students delve into systems of government, political behavior, and the election process (

Sociology Transfer Pathway

Sociology is the scientific study of human social relationships, societies, and institutions. Students looking to earn the Sociology Transfer Pathway consider a wide range of human issues, including poverty, family dynamics, and the impact of social media (

Students who complete a Transfer Pathways program and are admitted to a Minnesota State university are guaranteed junior status and all 60 Associate Degree credits will count toward the related bachelor’s degree. Students must meet special admission requirements for the major and are not guaranteed admission into the major itself. The seven universities of Minnesota State are Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, Minnesota State University Mankato, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud State University, and Winona State University.

MSC Southeast now offers a total of nine different Transfer Pathways degrees. For more information, go to

About MSC Southeast

MSC Southeast is a two-year technical and community college that prepares students for a lifetime of learning by providing education for employment, skill enhancement, retraining, and transfer, to meet the needs of students and the community. The Winona campus opened in 1949, merging with the Red Wing campus in 1992 and updating its name to Minnesota State College Southeast in 2016 with the change of mission to offer both technical training and the Associate of Arts Degree. MSC Southeast is a member of Minnesota State ( For more information, visit


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