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.
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.
|Select one course from four of the following six content areas for a total of 12-14 credits 1, 2||12-14|
|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 3||4|
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 3||3|
Area V: Humanities
|The Art of Wondering 3||3|
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
|General Education Elective|
|COMM 253G||Public Speaking 3||3|
|or COMM 265G||Principles of Human Communication|
|PSY 201G||Introduction to Psychology 3||3|
|SOC 101G||Introductory Sociology 3||3|
|C J 101G||Introduction to Criminal Justice 3||3|
|C J 205||Criminal Law 3||3|
|C J 230||Introduction to Corrections 3||3|
|C J 250||Courts and the Criminal Justice System 3||3|
|C J 293||Field Experience in Criminal Justice 3||3|
|or LAWE 204||Introduction to Homeland Security|
|LAWE 201||Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency||3|
|LAWE 205||Practical Field Investigations||4|
|LAWE 207||Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement||3|
|LAWE 233||Practical Approach to Terrorism||3|
|Electives, to bring the total credits to 60|
|Electives chosen in consultation with advisor||7|
Each course selected must be from a different area and students cannot take multiple courses in the same area.
See the General Education section of the catalog for a full list of courses.
Courses are identical to those offered at New Mexico State University Las Cruces (main) Campus.