May 22, 2018  
2014 - 2015 CNM Catalog April 2014, Volume 47 
2014 - 2015 CNM Catalog April 2014, Volume 47 [The CNM Academic Year includes Fall, Spring, Summer Terms]

Criminology, Associate of Arts

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School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)


Criminology is the scientific study of crime, including the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. The criminology major is well-suited for students interested in parole and probation careers, criminal justice employment as well as law school. Information about career options for criminology majors is offered by the American Sociological Association and the American Society of Criminology.


Educational Option Information

This educational option is a

  • This two-year program

This educational option can be completed

  •  Part-Time or Full-Time.

This educational option is designed

  •  to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Criminology from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology or Sociology from a 4-year college or university.

This educational option can be started

  •  Any term.


Special Requirements

In addition to the UNM criminology requirements shown in the term-by-term outline, students can transfer six credit hours of CNM sociology courses listed on the UNM approved electives list for criminology majors; these include SOC 2211 Social Problems , SOC 2213 Deviant Behavior  , and SOC 2216 Ethnic and Minority Groups . CNM sociology courses not listed here transfer to UNM as electives. The UNM Department of Sociology will accept 6 credit hours from CNM’s Criminal Justice program  (courses with a CJ prefix); the hours will transfer as electives for UNM criminology majors. The Criminal Justice (CJ) credit hours do not count toward the CNM Liberal Arts degree.


Information for people with felony convictions

  • Graduates who intend to work in the field of law enforcement may wish to check agency requirements.


Cost and Financial Aid

Financial Aid considerations

  • This program is eligible for Financial Aid


Career and Educational Opportunities

Educational Opportunities

The two-year program listed is designed to meet the requirements for an Associate of Arts in Criminology from CNM and prepare a student to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology at University of New Mexico. However, students from CNM seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions. Criminology majors interested in transfer to UNM should consult the UNM Sociology Department. Students should always refer to the catalog of their intended transfer institution for admission, program, course, and graduation requirements. College catalogs are generally available online. Students should also consult a faculty advisor and/or the CNM Academic Advising Center.

Prospects for Employment

Recommended Course Sequence

Program Proficiencies and/or Prerequisites

Students must demonstrate proficiency in these areas either by placement exam, scores  or specific course work.




Term 1

Term 4

Associate of Arts in Criminology 61-62 credit hour(s)

This information is meant to serve as a general guide for students intending to major in Criminology. Specific requirements for transfer will vary from school to school. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the four year transfer school to confirm specific admission and degree requirements.

Program Approved Electives

 Choose from the following courses:

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