What do criminal justice graduates do?

The Associate degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in the diverse and challenging field of Criminal Justice including Law Enforcement, Adult Corrections, Juvenile Correction, Adult and Juvenile Probation and Parole, Private Investigations, and Security. In addition to providing the education needed for entry level employment and promotion after gaining employment in the career field, students will develop a strong foundation in logical reasoning, oral and written communication, lab science, humanities and the arts, and the social and behavioral sciences and be well-prepared to pursue the Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice or another field.

Graduates of this program will:

  1. Explain basic terms and concepts related to criminal justice systems, including law enforcement, courts and corrections.
  2. Evaluate and express the role of law enforcement officers and other participants in the criminal justice systems from investigation through corrections in the context of given fact patterns or real-world scenarios.
  3. Apply the rules and responsibilities of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, defense attorneys and other participants in the criminal justice system to given fact patterns or real-world scenarios.
  4. Analyze given fact patterns or real-world scenarios from the perspectives of defendants, victims, law enforcement officers and other participants in the criminal justice systems.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of how issues such as race, gender, sexual orientation and mental health arise in the criminal justice system.

Arts and Science Division

New Mexico State University Alamogordo
2400 N. Scenic Drive
Alamogordo, NM  88310

Division Head:
Dr. David C. MacWilliams

Administrative Assistant:
Theresa Chavez

Office Location:
Pro-Tech 122C.

Phone:
575.439.3670

eMail:
asNMSUA@nmsu.edu

Website:
http://nmsua.edu/arts-and-sciences/