Criminal Justice - Associate Degree

Students wishing to pursue the Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice at NMSU should see an Academic Advisor regarding the best choices for electives.

A grade of C- or better is required in all Criminal Justice courses, second language courses, and any courses filling the NM Common Core/General Education Requirements.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
ENGL 203GBusiness and Professional Communication3
or ENGL 211G Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences
or ENGL 218G Technical and Scientific Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra3
or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Area III: Laboratory Science
Select two courses from the Laboratory Sciences area of the NM Common Core list 18
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science
Select two courses from the Social/Behavioral Sciences area of the NM Common Core list 16
Area V: Humanities/Fine Art
Select one course from the Humanities/Fine Arts area of the NM Common Core list 13
Criminal Justice Core Requirements
C J 101GIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
C J 205Criminal Law3
C J 210The American Law Enforcement System3
C J 230Introduction to Corrections3
C J 250Courts and the Criminal Justice System3
PHIL 100GPhilosophy, Law and Ethics3
or PHIL 101G The Art of Wondering
or PHIL 211G Informal Logic
Additional Requirements
Second Language Requirements for Associate Degree 26-8
COLL 101College/Life Success1
Select additional Elective credits to bring total credits to 60 3, 43-5
Total Credits60

 A full list of NM Common Core Classes can be found in the General Information section of this catalog.


Completion of a second language through the 112 level or completion of a second language through the 113 or 114 level for Heritage speakers or fulfilling one of the alternatives (see an advisor for specifics)


Recommended electives are C J 221 or C J 293 or  PSY 266 or ENGL 203G or ENGL 211G or ENGL 218G (Choose English class not previously taken).


 A maximum of 3-5 credit hours of applied coursework may be counted toward C J degree. PL S (Paralegal Studies) courses can never replace or substitute for a Criminal Justice (C J) course but may be used as electives within the 3-5 credits applied course limit. Please contact an advisor to determine which courses are considered applied coursework.