Criminal Justice - Associate Degree

66 credits

See an Advisor or Program Manager for administration changes in 2016-2017 for this degree.

The Associate in Criminal Justice introduces students to three areas of the Criminal Justice system: police, courts, and corrections. This degree is interdisciplinary in nature. Studies include the humanities, law, natural, behavioral and social sciences. The curriculum seeks to balance theoretical inquiry with applied knowledge.

This Associate degree satisfies the first two years of the Distance Education Bachelor of Criminal Justice.

New Mexico Common Core
Area I: Communications
ENGL 111GRhetoric and Composition4
Select one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
COMM 265GPrinciples of Human Communication3
or COMM 253G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following:3
Mathematics Appreciation3
College Algebra3
Higher MATH course
Area III: Science
Select two from two departments:8
The Planets4
Introduction to Astronomy
Natural History of Life
and Natural History of Life Laboratory
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Principles and Applications of Chemistry4
Introduction to Computer Science4
Introductory Environmental Science4
Geography of the Natural Environment4
Introductory Geology
The Great Ideas of Physics4
Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences
Select 6-9 credits from 2-3 departments:6-9
ANTH G courses
Human Growth and Behavior3
ECON G courses
GEOG G courses
GOVT G courses
Introduction to Language3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introductory Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems3
Introduction to Social Welfare3
Introduction to Women s Studies3
Area V: Humanities/Fine Art
Select 6-9 credits from 2-3 departments:6-9
Orientation in Art3
Perspectives on Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing
Roots of Modern Europe3
Modern Europe3
Introduction to Early American History3
Introduction to Recent American History3
An Introduction to Music3
History of Jazz in Popular Music: A Blending of Cultures3
PHIL G course
The World of Theatre3
Criminal Justice Core Courses
C J 101GIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
C J 205Criminal Law3
C J 210The American Law Enforcement System3
C J 230Introduction to Corrections3
C J 250Courts and the Criminal Justice System3
Related Course Requirements
Select 8 credits from NMSU College of Arts and Sciences second language requirements.8
Other Course Requirements
COLL 101College/Life Success3
C S 110Computer Literacy3
or OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology
Select additional electives to bring total credits to a minimum of 66.
Total Credits66

Note: A grade of C or better is required in all Criminal Justice courses and any courses filling the Arts & Sciences Core Requirements.

Second Language Requirements

The College of Arts & Sciences requires completion of a second language through the 212 level for the Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree. See the NMSU Catalog for College of Arts and Sciences for additional information on how to satisfy this requirement.

Second Language Requirements:

  1. Completion of a second language through the 112 level
  2. Completion through the 213 level for native speakers