Corrections - Associate of Applied Science


The Corrections degree emphasizes the correctional aspect of the criminal justice systems and offers a broad understanding of correctional institutions and alternatives. General studies are offered to students seeking employment in confinement facilities, institutional security, and other similar programs. The student also is prepared to work in adult and juvenile correctional agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Workers in the corrections field are responsible for overseeing individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a jail, reformatory, or penitentiary. The majority of officers are employed by local, county, state, and federal institutions.

While the primary mission of corrections is protection of the public, many officers are involved in the treatment, education, and reintegration of offenders. These officers may find employment as wardens, jail administrators, program coordinators and counselors, public information officers, correctional trainers, case managers, probation/parole officers, corrections officers, detention officers or other related careers.

NOTE: An articulation agreement exists with the Corrections Department of New Mexico that makes it possible to receive college credit for experience and/or training.

NOTE: All courses in this program may be applied toward a Bachelor of Applied Studies of Individualized Studies degree at NMSU.

(60 credits)

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
Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits 1, 212-14
This degree requires courses from Areas I, II, IV, and V; students do not need to take additional courses to complete the General Education requirements.
Area I: Communications
Rhetoric and Composition 34
Area II: Mathematics
One mathematics/algebra course selefcted from Area II of the New Mexico General Education Requirements 2
Area III: Laboratory Sciences
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
American National Government 33
Area V: Humanities
The Art of Wondering 33
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
General Education Elective
COMM 253GPublic Speaking 33
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Core Requirements3
PSY 201GIntroduction to Psychology 33
SOC 101GIntroductory Sociology 33
Major Requirements
Technical Requirements
C J 101GIntroduction to Criminal Justice 33
C J 205Criminal Law 33
C J 230Introduction to Corrections 33
C J 250Courts and the Criminal Justice System 33
C J 293Field Experience in Criminal Justice 33
or LAWE 204 Introduction to Homeland Security
LAWE 201Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency3
LAWE 205Practical Field Investigations4
LAWE 207Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement3
LAWE 233Practical Approach to Terrorism3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60
Electives chosen in consultation with advisor7
Total Credits60