Criminal Justice - Associate of Criminal Justice

NOTE: All courses listed under “Core Requirements” and “Major Requirements” may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at NMSU.  Students must receive a final grade of C- or better in English 111G, the Mathematics requirement(s), all Major requirements, and achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0.

(60-61 credits)

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements and elective credits to total at least 60-61 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
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
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Oral Communication
COMM 253GPublic Speaking3
or COMM 265G Principles of Human Communication
Area II: Mathematics 13-4
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences 110
Area III: Laboratory Science (4 credits) 1
Introduction to Criminal Justice (Major Requirement) 23
The courses below are recommended options for the second Area IV requirement. Any other Area IV courses are also acceptable.
Introductory Sociology3
Introduction to Economics3
Area V: Humanities 13
One of the following courses is recommended:
Philosophy, Law and Ethics3
Introduction to Philosophy3
Informal Logic3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective
An additional Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences course is recommended 13
Major Requirements
C J 101G is required for this degree and will count towards both General Education and Major Requirements
C J 205Criminal Law 23
C J 210The American Law Enforcement System 23
C J 221Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation 23
C J 230Introduction to Corrections 23
C J 250Courts and the Criminal Justice System 23
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60 313
Total Credits60-61