Program Overview

Western New Mexico University offers a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice for students who are interested in studying the principles and procedures of law enforcement, criminal justice, incarceration, and the legal system. Students will study the theories, laws, policies, and practices associated with criminal and delinquent behavior as well as government response to criminal violations. The program is based on the study of social sciences and focuses on application of the law and control of crime. 

Students will take part in a curriculum which will develop their understanding of the sociological foundations of criminal justice, in addition to the law and legal system. Those classes include oral communications, written communications, general psychology, introduction to sociology, social problems, and American national government, among others. 

Upon completion of the program, students should have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for entry-level roles within the criminal justice system. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice; to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system; to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice; to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime; and to apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western New Mexico University is a public university that is located on an 80-acre campus in Silver City, New Mexico. WNMU is located in a small, historic southwestern community with a relaxed atmosphere, which gives students the chance to learn about a diverse culture and population. Silver City’s great weather and scenic environment provides outdoor recreational opportunities. Western New Mexico University was first established in 1893, as the New Mexico Normal School. Throughout the decades, the university has continued to accommodate growth, expanding programs and constructing necessary facilities. Today, the four-year public university promotes a vision “as a leader among peer institutions as evidenced by measurable success in meeting the education, research and service needs” of students.

    Western New Mexico University offer associate’s, bachelor's, and master's degrees and certificate programs. Western New Mexico University maintains partnerships with other colleges and universities, and offers tuition waivers and easy transfer guidelines. Furthermore, several pre-professional programs exist as a result of partnerships with other New Mexico universities. Online classes and programs are fully accredited. The online classroom environment is asynchronous, however student’s complete coursework within a set schedule that follows deadlines established by the instructor. Online degree programs are also available.

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