Criminology, sociology and communication are among the University of New Mexico degrees students can complete in their entirety at UNM West in Rio Rancho, campus chief executive officer Wynn Goering announced recently. Full-time faculty are being hired specifically for these programs, he said, which will be available to students starting in fall 2014.

“Degree completion options are a critical part of our strategic plan,” Goering noted. “Obviously we want to take advantage of UNM’s online offerings, but at the same we think it’s important that our key programs be anchored right here in Rio Rancho and Sandoval County.”

Other programs that will be “at least 80 percent live at UNM West,” Goering said, include psychology, business and liberal arts. The campus already offers Emergency Medical Training and Special Education dual licensure programs, along with a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree through an interactive televised format.

Additionally, the first cohort of students in the joint CNM – UNM nursing consortium curriculum will also be taking classes at UNM West next fall.