Criminal Justice - Associate Degree

60 credits

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.

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.

The New Mexico General Education course list can be found here.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 1
ENGL 1110GComposition I4
English Composition - Level 2
Select one from the following:3
Professional & Technical Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Science3
Oral Communication
COMM 1115GIntroduction to Communication3
or COMM 1130G Public Speaking
Area II: Mathematics
Select one from the following:3
College Algebra 13
Introduction to Statistics
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10
Area III: Laboratory Science Course (4 credits): 2
Introduction Astro (lec+lab)4
The Planets
Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution
and Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution Laboratory
Human Biology
and Human Biology Laboratory
Contemporary Problems in Biology4
Introduction to Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory (non majors)4
Environmental Science I4
Physical Geography4
Survey of Physics with Lab4
Two Area IV: Social/Behavioral Sciences Courses (6 credits)
Introduction to Anthropology3
Human Growth and Behavior3
Macroeconomic Principles3
Microeconomics Principles
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Introduction to Political Science3
Introduction to Psychology3
Introduction to Sociology3
Contemporary Social Problems
Introduction to Human Services & Social Work3
Area V: Humanities
Choose one from the following: 23
Introduction to Literature3
Introduction to Creative Writing3
United States History I3
United States History II
Western Civilization I3
Western Civilization II
Introduction to Philosophy3
Philosophical Thought
Quest for God3
Introduction to Ethics
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts
Choose one from the following:3
Orientation in Art3
Visual Concepts
Music Appreciation: Western Music3
Music Appreciation: Jazz
Introduction to Theatre3
General Education Elective
CJUS 1110GIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
Core Requirements
CJUS 1110G is also required and will count towards both the General Education and Core Requirements
CJUS 1120Criminal Law3
CJUS 2220The American Law Enforcement System3
CJUS 2150Corrections System3
CJUS 2120Criminal Courts and Procedure3
Major Requirements
Related Course Requirements
Select 8 credits from NMSU College of Arts and Sciences second language requirements.8
Other Course Requirements
OECS 105Introduction to Information Technology3
Electives, to bring the total credits to 60
Select 5 credits of electives to bring total credits to a minimum of 60. Math prerequisites may satisfy electives however developmental MATH is not included.5
Total Credits60

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 2120 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 1120 level
  2. Completion through the 2130 level for native speakers

A Suggested Plan of Study

This roadmap assumes student placement into ENGL 1110G Composition I and a College level MATH, such as MATH 1220G, College Algebra, and demonstrates how to complete an Associate degree in two years.  The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English.  It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract.  Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. Students are advised to earn a C or better in courses to avoid repeating courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
ENGL 1110G Composition I 4
MATH 1220G
College Algebra
or Introduction to Statistics
CJUS 1110G Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AREA V: Humanities 3
OECS 105 Introduction to Information Technology 3
ENGL 2210G Professional & Technical Communication 3
AREA III: Laboratory Science 4
AREA IV: Social/Behavioral Science 3
CJUS 1120 Criminal Law 3
Second Year
COMM 1115G
Introduction to Communication
or Public Speaking
AREA VI: Creative and Fine Arts 3
Second Language I 4
CJUS 2150 Corrections System 3
CJUS 2220 The American Law Enforcement System 3
Second Language II 4
CJUS 2120 Criminal Courts and Procedure 3
AREA IV: Social/Behavioral Science Course 3
Electives 5
 Total Credits60