Concentration in Law Enforcement




Undergraduate Degree Concentration

The BA-LAIS concentration in Law Enforcement provides the opportunity for students to develop a unique program of study combining courses from multiple University of New Mexico departments and/or colleges. This concentration is available to all students and does not require or necessarily lead to a career in law enforcement but is a good undergraduate option for students interested in that field.  No official minor is required to be declared with this concentration, but the use of existing departmental minor(s) outside LAIS is encouraged.

Graduation Requirements
Students must receive a grade of “C” or higher in all the following requirements:



Credit Hours


COMM 2120 (Interpersonal Communication)

CJ 320 (Conflict Management and Mediation)

CJ 323 (Nonverbal Communication)

CJ 327 (Persuasive Communication)

CJ 344 (Interviewing)

15 hours


PHIL 1120 (Logic, Reasoning, & Critical Thinking)

PHIL 381 (Philosophy of Law)

6 hours


ENGL 2210 (Professional & Technical Communication)

3 hours


SOCI 1110 (Introduction to Sociology)

SOCI 2120 (Introduction to Criminal Justice System) or SOCI 2210 (Sociology of Deviance); 2120 recommended

SOCI 312 (Causes of Crime and Delinquency)

SOCI 412 (Sociology of Police and Social Control) or SOCI 414 (Sociology of Corrections)

2 of the following courses: SOCI 419 (Peers, Groups, & Gangs), SOCI 420 (Race & Inequality), SOCI 423 (Women, Gender, and Crime), SOCI 424 (Race, Class, & Crime), SOCI 425 (Crime Through the Life Course), or SOCI 426 (Drugs, Crime and Social Control)

18 hours


POLS 1120 (American National Government) or POLS 2150 (Public Policy and Administration)

3 hours


HED 477 (Stress Management)

3 hours


Completion of 1 of the following 4 options



Completion or testing equivalent of second-semester intermediate non-English language course from:
     • Arabic (ARBC)
     • Chinese (CHIN)
     • French (FREN)
     • Greek (GREK)
     • German (GRMN)
     • Italian (ITAL)
     • Japanese (JAPN)
     • Latin (LATN)
     • Navajo (NVJO)
     • Portuguese (PORT)
     • Russian (RUSS)
     • Signed Language Interpreting (SIGN)
     • Spanish (SPAN)
     • Swahili (SWAH)

3-12 hours


12 hours from any Military Studies courses selected from the following departments (excluding labs and physical training):
     • Aerospace Studies (AFAS)
     • Military Science and Leadership (MLSL)
     • Naval Science (NVSC)

12 hours


12 hours of Computer Science (CS) courses

12 hours


12 hours of cultural studies courses in any one or more of the following subjects:
     • Africana Studies (AFST)
     • American Studies (AMST)
     • Chicana and Chicano Studies (CCS)
     • International Studies (INTS)
     • Latin American Studies (LTAM)
     • Native American Studies (NATV)
     • Peace Studies (PCST)
     • Religious Studies (RELG)
     • Women Studies (WMST)

12 hours



60 hours


We may also count Criminal Justice courses as a group option via exception. 

Sample degree roadmap


Please note, all baccalaureate degrees from UNM require a minimum of 120 overall hours, along with the completion of a New Mexico General Education curriculum and 45 upper division hours, so some additional electives beyond the specific requirements listed above may be needed.