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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

DEGREE: Bachelor of Criminal Justice

MAJOR: Criminal Justice


Lower Division (100 and 200-level) Departmental Requirements

C J 101GIntroduction to Criminal Justice

3 cr.

C J 205Criminal Law I

3 cr.

NOTE: Prior to enrolling in upper division courses, lower division courses must be completed or final courses must be in progress.

Upper-Division (300 and 400-level) Departmental Requirements (27 credits)

One course from the following:

C J 300  Introduction to Criminal Justice Research  3 cr.
GOVT 300  Political Research Skills  3 cr.
PSY 310  Experimental Methods  4 cr.
SOC 352  Social Research: Methods  3 cr.

Nine credits from the following:

C J 301Advanced Research Methods

3 cr.


any statistics class


C J 425Issues in Ethics, Law, and Criminal Justice

3 cr.

One course from the following:

C J 304Historical Perspectives of Criminal Justice Systems

3 cr.

C J 414Race, Crime and Justice

3 cr.

Criminal Justice electives: 4 upper division criminal justice courses (not to include C J 393, Internship in Criminal Justice, or any criminal justice required course) (12 credits)

Electives must include at least one course from each of the following five content areas:


Courts and Law


Juvenile Justice

Justice Studies

Note: Courses that fall under multiple content areas may only be counted once. Please visit our website for specific courses in each of these content areas. http://crimjust.nmsu.edu.  

Nondepartmental Requirements

Students seeking the BCJ degree must complete the College of Arts and Sciences second language requirement, through the 212 or 214 level as indicated in Section III, (see second language requirement under “College Degree Requirement” section of this catalog) or MATH 191G, or American Sign Language through C D 476, and two Viewing a Wider World courses, one each from two different colleges and outside of criminal justice. In addition, Criminal Justice majors will need to complete the following:

 One philosophy class, choose from PHIL 100G, PHIL 201G, PHIL 211G, PHIL 223G or an upper division philosophy course (3 credits)
 MATH 121G, STAT 251G or higher (excluding MATH 210G) (3 credits)
 ENGL 111G, plus two of the following: ENGL 203G, ENGL 211G, ENGL 218G, ENGL 311G, ENGL 318G (9 credits)

A student must earn a C- or better to receive credit for any departmental and nondepartmental requirement for the BC J degrees.

General Electives

Sufficient to bring the total credits to 120, including 48 upper-division credits. Please visit our website for additional requirements. http://crimjust.nmsu.edu