If you are interested in working in local, state or federal law enforcement, in law and the court system, probation, crime victim advocacy, consulting, or related career fields you should major in criminal justice. Our curriculum provides a strong theoretical foundation to advance the study of how societies respond to crime and real world experience is evaluated through an internship. The time frame for degree completion varies with each student, but you can reasonably complete this degree in four years. You have three options for degree completion: entirely on-campus, online (through Web-based or lecture-capture based courses) or through a combination of both.
Academic Advising for Criminal Justice Majors
We are committed to responsible academic advising. Faculty members are specialists in their areas of advising and are current with requirements for admission in the programs we advise. ENMU also has a reputable record regarding student success in criminal justice field. When you enter ENMU as a freshman, the Advising Center staff will help you choose the right classes you’ll need to start on your path to getting your criminal justice degree. After your freshman year, you’ll meet with the criminal justice faculty advisor on a regular basis to find out what classes you’ll need to complete your bachelor’s degree.
Criminal Justice Student Involvement Opportunities
As a criminal justice major at ENMU, you have the opportunity to get involved in student organizations like The Criminal Justice League or the ENMU Pre-Law Club. Additionally, if you are interested in going into the law enforcement field, you can get hands-on experience with our on-campus full-service law enforcement agency. The ENMU Department of Public Safety regularly employs students as student security officers and administrative assistants.
Service and Mutual Interest Organizations
As an ENMU student, you may become a member of the Eastern New Mexico University Criminal Justice League. This is a student-run, faculty-advised organization, which discusses and debates current issues in criminal justice. The organization hosts guest speakers from criminal justice organizations, and arranges a variety of criminal justice activities. You may also elect to join regional and national conferences and organizations as student members, such as The American Society of Criminology, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the American Sociological Association, or the Southwestern Social Sciences Association.
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
We are committed to helping you finance your education. In addition to grants, loans, and work-study offered University-wide, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers scholarships for current students. Additionally, many ENMU students work part-time jobs on campus to help finance their education.
You can look forward to a variety of careers in:
- Local, state, federal or international law enforcement
- Victim advocacy
- Many other private sector related fields
Advisors and the department work with ENMU's Counseling and Career Services to offer free job placement assistance to all ENMU students.
High School Courses
If you are interested in majoring in criminal justice, you should include the following courses in your high school curriculum or as dual-credit:
- English composition and research
- Computer technology Statistics
Additional Degree Information
See our degree plans page where you can find additional information about the Bachelor of Science or Arts in Criminal Justice degree, including the courses you will take when you're a criminal justice major at Eastern.