Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program


The Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) may be earned through the Department of Criminal Justice at New Mexico State University. General admission requirements for New Mexico State University.

All students earning the BCJ must complete the General Education Requirements for your catalog year.


Bachelor of Criminal Justice Curriculum prior to 2014:

Please download the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Curriculum prior to 2014

Bachelor of Criminal Justice Curriculum 2014-2015 or newer:

Please download the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Curriculum 2014-2015 or newer

Elective courses for 2014-2015 or newer:

Must complete 4 (12 credits) upper division elective courses (courses numbered 300 or higher) in addition to those listed above.

These electives must include at least one course from each of three of the following content areas:


Courts and Law


Juvenile Justice

Justice Studies

Please see a list of courses under each of the categories listed: CJ Electives By Category

CJ 393 Internship cannot be used to satisfy this requirement but may be used to satisfy the University requirement of 48 upper division credit hours.



Stefanie Gibson

Advising is required for each BCJ major through the sophomore year, 60 completed credits. After earning 60 credits advising is optional. Each BCJ major is assigned an advisor upon entering the major and typically works with the same advisor until the BCJ is completed.

**Enough upper division courses are offered such that students may complete the BCJ at a distance by using the Canvas platform- Earning the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Online.

Criminal Justice graduate student Stefanie Gibson advises Roman Maese for Fall 2011.


The Department of Criminal Justice also participates in two interdisciplinary minors: a Minor in Forensic Science and Minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST).

(The Security Techology and Intelligence Studies minor will no longer be part of CJ program with the 2011-2012 Catalog).

Minor in Forensic Science requires a minimum of 18 credit hours to be selected from a prescribed group of courses. The course curriculum appears below.

Minor in Forensic Science

Forensic Science involves the application of the principles and techniques of scientific analysis in a legal context. Forensic scientists study physical evidence to resolve issues involving criminal investigations, environmental analyses, and similar areas of research.

A student must complete 18 credits with grades of C or higher as discussed below in order to receive the Forensic Science minor. No courses may be taken S/U. Students must take at least 6 credits from outside their major(s). At least 9 credits in any minor must be upper division. Courses marked with asterisks have prerequisites. Students must be registered in the minor in order to enroll in any Criminal Justice courses.

These courses represent the minimum requirements for a minor. Students interested in a career in Forensic Science are encouraged to take additional courses from among the courses listed below.


Students must complete 6 credits from among the following courses:

CJ 306 Criminal Procedure
CJ 307 Law of Evidence
CJ 321 Criminal Investigation
CJ 424 Forensic Law
TOX 453 Regulatory Toxicology


Students must complete 9 credits from one of the following tracks. Please read more about TRACKS.

Minor in Child Advocacy Studies (CAST)

– Click below to open the CAST Minor Flyer:

CAST General info flyer 2013

Please

CAST Program Facts:

CAST enhances the professional capacity of students majoring in:

  • Family and Child Science
  • Public Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

and other disciplines that involve interaction with children.

CAST programs are in more than 50 universities in the U.S., Japan and Colombia. NMSU’s program was the 18th to develop and is one of only two programs in the western U.S.

At NMSU, CAST is an 18-hour interdisciplinary undergraduate minor.

CAST core courses (9 hours) may be taken by students from any department, even those who do not plan to complete the minor.

CAST will soon be available to graduate students.

Core Courses (9 credit hours):

  • Family & Child Welfare Policy
  • Professional & Systems Responses to Child Maltreatment
  • Prevention, Trauma Informed Treatment & Advocacy

Electives (9 credit hours):

Select one course from each category. Each category has 5-14 courses from which to choose.

  • Category 1: Diversity & Cultural Sensitivity
  • Category 2: Family & Child Development
  • Category 3: Legal & Medical Issues

For more information contact: Dr. Esther Devall