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, the BAAS degree can be attained in two years.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences criminal justice/sociology concentration is designed to provide an opportunity for law enforcement personnel and individuals in related fields to earn a bachelor’s degree while working full time. If you are seeking career advancement or an opportunity to broaden your employment options, you will benefit from this interdisciplinary approach to professional development. You would also benefit from this concentration if you have a background in corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, paralegal studies, or probation and parole.

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. In order to be eligible, 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. College credit can be awarded based on the ACE recommendation. This credit will be applied toward satisfying 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 qualify to enter our BAAS program if you have an Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) degree with a technical or vocational major from a Council for Higher Education (CHEA) recognized organization. You may also qualify to enter this program if you have earned a significant number of hours in a career-technical related discipline.

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

Looking for an Online Degree?

Our Criminal Justice/Sociology BAAS Program is also available 100% online.

Get information about our online Human and Social Sciences BAAS Concentration >

Scholarships and Financial Assistance

We are committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans, and scholarships offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers scholarships for which you can apply once you are an ENMU student. Additionally, many ENMU students work part-time jobs on campus to help finance their education.

There is also an opportunity for you to work part-time jobs on campus to help pay for your educational expenses.

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Faculty and Advising for Criminal Justice/Sociology Majors

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 this 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.

Service and Mutual Interest Organizations

ENMU provides you the opportunity to use the skills you'll gain while working on your degree to hold leadership positions in ENMU organizations if you want to get more involved. At ENMU, you will be able to explore more than 50 student organizations that range from academic, cultural, multicultural, service, special interest and fraternities/sororities. If you see a need for an organization we don't have, you can even start your own.

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 even a new career in a related field. Additionally, Career Services offers free job placement assistance to all students, so if you are looking for another job, we can help you find it.

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.

CourseCredits
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
3
CJ 312 Criminology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
This course may also be used to satisfy a General Education Requirement
3
SOC 303 Race, Ethnicity and Gender 3
  • SOC 311 Collective Behavior and Social Movements OR
  • SOC 324 Social Psychology
3
SOC 431 Deviant Behavior 3

Select one of the Following Courses:

  • CJ 245 Corrections (3)
  • CJ 432 Police and Society (3)
  • CJ 457 Probation and Parole (3)
3

Elective Course (3 hours)
Complete any SOC course.

BAAS Coordinator

Cindy Miller

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Asst Prof, Career Tech. Educ

Office Location: Agriculture (AG), Room 112A

Phone: 575.562.4124