The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice/Sociology concentration is a degree available 100% online. If you work in law enforcement or a related field, you can use this concentration to earn your bachelor's degree while working full-time. Whether you are seeking career advancement or an opportunity to broaden your employment options, this interdisciplinary approach to professional development will benefit you. You would also benefit from this concentration if you have a background in corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, paralegal studies, or probation and parole.

Our Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) degrees are designed to use your previous education experience to propel you forward. If you have an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) with a technical or vocational major from a Council for Higher Education (CHEA)-recognized organization, you can major in applied arts and sciences at ENMU. An applied arts and sciences major's time frame for degree completion varies with the individual student, but in general, you can complete your BAAS degree in two years.

Also, if you are certified law enforcement employee, you can receive college credit for your New Mexico law enforcement training and certification. This credit will be applied to satisfy the BAAS primary concentration requirement. To take advantage of this, you must present a certified copy of the certification information issued by the state of New Mexico.

If you are a current or former military service member, you can request the American Council on Education (ACE) to review your military training and experience for credit recommendations. You may be awarded college credit awarded based on the ACE recommendation, and the credit(s) will apply to your primary concentration requirement.

Do I Qualify for This BAAS Program?

Our Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science Criminal Justice/Sociology Concentration will help you use your prior academic experience to complete your bachelor's degree.

You can enter our BAAS Program to earn your bachelor's degree if you are working on your first bachelor's and have at least one of the following:

  1. Have an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree from an institution with accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)
  2. Have earned a significant number of credit hours in a career-technical related discipline from an institution with accreditation recognized by the CHEA

If you have questions about whether or not you can enter the BAAS program at ENMU, please contact our BAAS Coordinator Dr. Cindy Miller, 575.562.4124 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Scholarships and Financial Assistance 

ENMU is committed to helping you finance your education. You can get information about admissions scholarships and find out why more than $22 million in financial assistance was awarded to ENMU students last year. Once you are an enrolled ENMU student, you'll have access to even more scholarships.

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Online Learning Format for Criminal Justice/Sociology

Our BAAS Criminal Justice/Sociology Concentration is designed to be completed online. In this program, however, you'll have the option to take all of your classes online or a combination of online and in-person. You'll be completing assignments, readings, papers, tests and projects throughout the semester. This concentration includes three different course formats:

  • Course sections where recorded and live lectures via Mediasite connect you with professors and other students on your own time are labeled "AW."
  • Courses where participation with the professor, other online students and students attending the in-person class on campus are required in real-time are labeled, "SW."
  • Courses that are completely online and offered through Blackboard, with no recorded lecture or in-person students are labeled "WW."

Faculty and Advising for Criminal Justice/Sociology

The applied arts and sciences faculty are committed to responsible academic advising. This means we help you schedule the right courses at the right time to help you take the next step in your professional career. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission into the programs they advise so you get the academic advice you need, when you need it.

Academic Help and Resources for Criminal Justice/Sociology Majors

At ENMU, we want to make sure you get the help you need. We offer several tutoring services, including the Online Writing Center (OWL), which is exclusively for distance education students. The OWL is available to help you improve your writing and help you communicate clearly for written, school-related projects and assignments. We also have online databases, journal articles and eBooks accessible through the Golden Student Success Center. Since ENMU has a dedicated distance education librarian on staff, you'll always have the help you need to take advantage of library resources.

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As a Criminal Justice/Sociology student, you'll find your textbooks and professor lectures will answer many of your questions. Departments offering specific classes may even offer additional office hours or tutoring. For questions and concerns you can't find in the course material, you always have the option to email or call your professor.

Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice/Sociology

When you receive a BAAS degree with a Criminal Justice/Sociology concentration, you can look forward to an enhanced career in your field. This might include new opportunities in management or a new career in a related field. Additionally, ENMU offers free job placement assistance and resume help to all students, so if you are looking for another job, we can help you find it.

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BAAS Concentration: Criminal Justice/Sociology

The BAAS program requires you to complete 120 hours to earn your bachelor's degree. Within those 120 hours, you must complete a primary concentration and a secondary concentration.

As a secondary concentration, Criminal Justice/Sociology requires 30 hours of coursework and includes the following courses:

Note: Degree information shown on this page is based on the 2017-19 Undergraduate Catalog.

CJ 102 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ 301 Criminal Law and the Courts 3

CJ 310 Comparative Criminal Justice
This course may also meet the upper-division Diversity/Global Requirement

CJ 312 Criminology 3

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
This course may also be used to satisfy a General Education Requirement

SOC 303 Race, Ethnicity and Gender 3
  • SOC 311 Collective Behavior and Social Movements OR
  • SOC 324 Social Psychology
SOC 431 Deviant Behavior 3

Select one of the following:

  • CJ 245 Corrections (3)
  • CJ 432 Police and Society (3)
  • CJ 457 Probation and Parole (3)
Complete any SOC course 3

BAAS Coordinator

Cindy Miller

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Assistant Professor of Career and Technical Education

Office Location: Agriculture (AG), Room 112A

Phone: 575.562.4124