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 and second language courses.

Total Credits Required for Degree: 60

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60 credits. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education Requirements
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Oral Communication
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 121GCollege Algebra 13
or STAT 251G Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Core Requirement)3
Select one course from Area III: Laboratory Science (4 credits) 2
Select one course from either Area III or Area IV (3-4 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following:3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics (Core Requirement)3
Introduction to Philosophy (Core Requirement)3
Informal Logic (Core Requirement)3
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts
Select one course from Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective
Select one course from any General Education area 23-4
Core Degree Requirements
C J 205Criminal Law3
C J 210The American Law Enforcement System3
C J 230Introduction to Corrections3
C J 250Courts and the Criminal Justice System3
Second Language Requirements for Associate Degree 36-8
COLL 101College/Life Success1
Electives to bring total credits to 60 4, 5, 63-6
Total Credits60

A Suggested Plan of Study - Criminal Justice

Additional classes may be needed based on placement test results and course prerequisites. Visit with an advisor for help with creating a customized plan.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
C J 101G Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
COLL 101 College/Life Success 1
Public Speaking
or Principles of Human Communication
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition 4
College Algebra 1
or Statistics for Business and the Behavioral Sciences
C J 210 The American Law Enforcement System 3
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Choose one from the following: 3
Philosophy, Law and Ethics  
Introduction to Philosophy  
Informal Logic  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
General Education Elective 2 3-4
Second Year
C J 205 Criminal Law 3
Elective 3, 4, 5 3
Second Language (1st of 2 consecutive levels) 6 4
Area III: Laboratory Science or Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 2 3-4
C J 230 Introduction to Corrections 3
C J 250 Courts and the Criminal Justice System 3
Second Language (2nd of 2 consecutive levels) 6 4
Area VI: Creative/Fine Arts Course 2 3
Elective 3,4 , 5 3
 Total Credits60