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 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
ENGL 2210GProfessional & Technical Communication3
or ENGL 2221G Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Oral Communication
COMM 1130GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1220GCollege Algebra 13
or MATH 1350G Introduction to Statistics
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
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking (Core Requirement)3
Philosophical Thought (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
CJUS 1120Criminal Law3
CJUS 2150Corrections System3
CJUS 2120Criminal Courts and Procedure3
CJUS 2220The American Law Enforcement System3
Second Language Requirements for Associate Degree 36-8
FYEX 1110First-year Seminar1
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.

A grade of C- or better is required in all Criminal Justice courses and second language courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
COMM 1130G
Public Speaking
or Introduction to Communication
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
FYEX 1110 First-year Seminar 1
MATH 1220G
College Algebra 1
or Introduction to Statistics
CJUS 2220 The American Law Enforcement System 3
ENGL 2210G
Professional & Technical Communication
or Writing in the Humanities and Social Science
Choose one from the following: 3
Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking  
Philosophy, Law, and Ethics  
Philosophical Thought  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
General Education Elective 2 3-4
Second Year
CJUS 1120 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
CJUS 2120 Criminal Courts and Procedure 3
CJUS 2150 Corrections 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