Law Enforcement - Associate of Applied Science

Doña Ana Community College

2020-21 Catalog

Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement degree emphasizes the law enforcement aspect of the criminal justice system. This degree offers the law enforcement student a general understanding of the police officer’s multifaceted role in the United States. It also prepares the student with the basic foundations of police work for possible employment opportunities with local, state and federal governments, and private industry.

Most law enforcement officers are employed by the security industry and local, county, and state governments. They have duties that range from providing security to controlling traffic to preventing and investigating crimes. They maintain order, enforce laws and ordinances, issue traffic summonses, investigate accidents, present evidence in court, serve legal documents for the court system, and apprehend, arrest and process prisoners. Career opportunities include positions as private investigators, security officers, loss-prevention officers, police officers, sheriff and deputy officers, criminal investigators, game wardens, private detectives, and bailiffs.

Many law enforcement agencies encourage the applicants to take post-secondary school training in law enforcement-related subjects. Many entry-level applicants for police jobs have completed some formal post-secondary education and a significant number are college graduates. Knowledge of a foreign language is an asset in many federal agencies and urban departments.

Additional information on professional requirements and qualifications may be obtained from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, at www.bls.gov.

NOTE: An articulation agreement exists with the New Mexico Department of Public Safety 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 or Individualized Studies degree at NMSU.

(60 credits)

NOTE: Students must earn a final grade of C- or better in all Criminal Justice (CJUS) and Law Enforcement (LAWE) courses and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. A grade of C- or better is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses.

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- English Composition Level 1
Composition I 34
Area II: Mathematics
One mathematics/algebra course selected from Area II of the New Mexico General Education Requirements 2
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
American National Government 33
Area V: Humanities
Introduction to Philosophy 33
General Education Elective - Area I: Communications - Oral Communications
COMM 1130GPublic Speaking 33
or COMM 1115G Introduction to Communication
Core Requirements (6 Credits)
PSYC 1110GIntroduction to Psychology 33
SOCI 1110GIntroduction to Sociology 33
Technical Requirements (30 Credits)
CJUS 1110GIntroduction to Criminal Justice 33
CJUS 1120Criminal Law 33
CJUS 2120Criminal Courts and Procedure 33
CJUS 2140Criminal Investigations 33
LAWE 201Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency3
LAWE 202Police Patrol Procedures3
LAWE 204Introduction to Homeland Security3
LAWE 206Traffic Enforcement and Crash Investigations3
LAWE 207Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement3
LAWE 233Practical Approach to Terrorism3
Electives, to bring the total to 60
Electives - Chosen in consultation with academic advisor 48
Total Credits60

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

(60 credits)

A Suggested Plan of Study

The contents of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. This is only a suggested plan of study for students, and is not intended as a contract.  Individual student academic plans may vary. Please contact your academic advisor to create a plan that works for you. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. 

NOTE: Students must earn a final grade of C- or better in Criminal Justice (CJUS) and Law Enforcement (LAWE) courses and achieve a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.0. A grade of C- or better is required in ENGL 1110G Composition I and designated Mathematics courses.

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
Area I: Communications - English Composition Level 1 4
Composition I  
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 6
Introduction to Criminal Justice  
American National Government  
LAWE 201 Introduction to Juvenile Delinquency 3
 Credits13
Semester 2
Area II: Mathematics - Choose one course from NM General Education Area II. 3
Area V: Humanities 3
Introduction to Philosophy  
CJUS 1120 Criminal Law 3
CJUS 2120 Criminal Courts and Procedure 3
Elective - Chosen in consultation with academic advisor. 4
 Credits16
Semester 3
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Introduction to Sociology  
General Education Elective - Area I: Communications - Oral Communications 3
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
 
CJUS 2140 Criminal Investigations 3
LAWE 202 Police Patrol Procedures 3
LAWE 233 Practical Approach to Terrorism 3
 Credits15
Semester 4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences 3
Introduction to Psychology  
LAWE 204 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
LAWE 206 Traffic Enforcement and Crash Investigations 3
LAWE 207 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
Elective - Chosen in consultation with academic advisor. 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits60