About Us

Founded in 1962, the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University is one of the oldest Criminal Justice programs in the nation. It is the largest academic department in the College of Arts
and Sciences with over 900 Bachelor of Criminal Justice students and
100 Master of Criminal Justice students.


Our Vision

breland3The mission of the Department is based upon our understanding of Criminal Justice as an interdisciplinary social science field. Our goals are to prepare students for careers at the federal, state, and local levels throughout the criminal justice profession and to deliver the highest quality education to our undergraduate and graduate students, helping them develop critical thinking skills, knowledge in theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques, and providing experiential learning opportunities giving students first hand exposure to the complexities of the professional environment.


 CJ Faculty

Faculty members of the Department of Criminal Justice care deeply about our students, and the awards we have received attest to this caring attitude. A goal of the faculty is to extend their knowledge and skills to agencies and groups across the State and within the Community in an effort to be proactive in the prevention of crime and to assist in developing cutting edge best practices.

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Explore opportunities in criminal justice field here.







 donateDONATE to Jacob’s Scholarship

Thank you for supporting Jacob’s Scholarship.  Your gift makes a huge difference in the lives of students.

Jacob came to New Mexico State after graduating high school in 2009, where he was a Criminal Justice major. He was also studying Japanese and had hoped to do a semester abroad in Japan.
On the morning of November 24, 2012 Jacob passed away from injuries incurred in a car accident the previous night. He left behind his mother, father, two brothers, and many people who loved and enjoyed his infectious laugh and love of a good time.

Each Fall a junior majoring in Criminal Justice is awarded the scholarship. Students apply automatically through Scholar Dollar$.

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