Program Description

The program provides students a foundational understanding of the operation of the criminal justice system.


Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

The program prepares students to either transfer to a four-year institution and complete a bachelor degree in criminal justice or pursue careers in the criminal justice system such as Adult Corrections, Juvenile Correction, or Adult and Juvenile Probation and Parole. For transfers to Lewis University, please click here for more information or contact the Advisement Office at the contact information below.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the associate of arts in criminal justice program is available from Advisement Center at 505.925.8560 or vcadvise@unm.edu, or the Academic Affairs Office at 505.925.8600.


Course Prerequisites

Students must meet prerequisites in English and mathematics by achievement of minimum placement scores on the Accuplacer or ACT or through completion of course work.

Course: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 263+/19+

Course: MATH 1215 or MATH 1215X, MATH 1215Y and MATH 1215Z – or place into MATH 1120;

ACCUPLACER/ACT Minimum Scores: 239 (A&F)/22


Degree Requirements

Writing and Speaking (6 credits)
ENGL 1120 (Composition II) 3
COMM 1130 (Public Speaking)3
*Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill the Student Choice area requirements below.
Mathematics and Statistics (3 credits)
MATH 1350 (Introduction to Statistics)3
Physical and Natural Sciences (4 credits)
4
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Physical and Natural Sciences, which must include a lab.
Social and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Social and Behavioral Sciences.
Humanities (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Humanities.
Second Language (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Second Language.
Arts and Design (3 credits)
3
Select one course from the UNM Core Curriculum in Arts and Design
Student Choice (6 credits)
6
Select two additional General Education courses from two of the different areas above. Students who do not place into ENGL 1120 may apply the credit hours from the prerequisite ENGL 1110 (or its equivalent ENGL 1110 Y or Z) to help fulfill this area.
Criminal Justice Core Requirements (27 credits)
CJUS 1110 (Introduction to Criminal Justice)3
CJUS 1140 (Juvenile Justice)3
CJUS 1170 (Introduction to Criminology)3
CJUS 2120 (Criminal Courts and Procedures)3
CJUS 2140 (Criminal Investigation)3
CJUS 2150 (Corrections System)3
CJUS 2225 (Introduction to Corrections)3
CJUS 2410 (Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections)3
SOCI 2315 (The Dynamics of Prejudice)3
Elective Requirements (3 credits)
Choose one course from the following: CJUS 1120 (Criminal Law), CJUS 1190 (Introduction to Protective Services), CJUS 1360 (Foundation of Professional Investigation), CJUS 2110 (Professional Responsibility in Criminal Justice), CJUS 2130 (Police and Society), CJUS 2235 (Constitutional Criminal Procedure), CJUS 2255 (Rules of Criminal Evidence), CJUS 2330 (Juvenile Corrections), CJUS 2998 (Criminal Justice Internship), SOCI 2310 (Contemporary Social Problems)
Total required (61 credits)