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Please read our NMSU Department of Criminal Justice Statement of Solidarity


Please see this short introduction video about the Criminal Justice Department


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Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
Closed for lunch hour 12 - 1 pm



Dear Students, 

NMSU has received $7 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds II for student emergency financial aid grants. If you could benefit from these available funds, click here to apply.

As always, we are here to help you in any way we can. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 


 Our Mission




The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice is to offer quality undergraduate and graduate educational programming that provides students with valuable insights into the criminal justice system through a diverse and inter-disciplinary curriculum, experiential learning, and faculty-led research opportunities. Students will develop the skills necessary for successful careers in fields related to criminology and criminal justice. The department supports and encourages scholarly, experiential, and applied research endeavors, including those involving collaboration with local, state, and federal agencies dealing with crime, law enforcement, corrections, justice studies, law, juvenile justice, social justice, immigration, punishment and the borderlands.

Our Vision

The vision of the Department of Criminal Justice is to be one of the nation’s premier academic units specializing in crime and criminal justice issues, including those of the southwestern borderlands region. The curriculum shall continue to evolve to embrace this uniqueness toward supporting NMSU’s Federal Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Minority Serving Institution (MSI), and Land Grant missions. We seek to promote interdisciplinary inquiry in our approach to education with real-world experience, and theoretical, policy- oriented, and applied research in criminology, law, social justice, juvenile justice, human trafficking, and corrections. The department seeks to prepare traditional and non-traditional students with the tools necessary to excel as future professionals and leaders in the field of Criminal Justice. 

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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 one of the largest academic departments in the College of Arts and Sciences and as a graduate of our Department, you are part of a strong community of alumni representing an expansive range of positions in premier agencies across the country and around the world. Our Department is proud of the many successes of its alumni.


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.



What Can I Do With a CJ Major?


Explore opportunities in criminal justice field   here

Careers in Forensics? Click   here  to learn more about Careers in Forensics: Analysis, Evidence, and law

Click   here  to download the department brochure



Advance your Career in Criminal Justice:









Click   here to download the department Spring 2021 Newsletter

Click   here to download the department Fall 2020 Newsletter

Click   here to download the department Spring 2020 Newsletter

Click   here  to download the department Fall 2019 Newsletter