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Administration of Justice Studies

 

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies provides in-depth preparation for students desiring to be practitioners or pursue continued education and advancement in several fields including local and federal law enforcement, the courts, corrections, security, and investigations. The program also provides criminal justice practitioners with the opportunity to complete the Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Administration of Justice as well as one of five Certificates of Completion (CCLs) in Corrections, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Victimology. A transfer pathway in Criminal Justice is also available (Associate Arts (AA), Emphasis in Criminal Justice) as well as an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Forensics and related Certificates of Completion.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Administration of Justice Studies (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-69
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

This program replaces:
AAS/3012 Administration of Justice Studies
AAS/3057 Administration of Justice
AAS/3137 Administration of Justice
AAS/3396 Administration of Justice Studies
AAS/3397 Administration of Justice
AAS/3398 Administration of Justice Studies

What You'll Learn
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS212, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS290BN, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS290BN, (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, SOC101, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [MA])
  • Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS119, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (COM), (CRE), [FYC])
  • Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS119, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, FOR105, FOR106, PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171, (CRE), [FYC])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:27
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
 
AJS200Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management (3)3
 
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
AJS225Criminology3
AJS230The Police Function3
AJS240The Correction Function3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:12-13
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
AJS119Computer Applications in Justice Studies3
(Fulfills NAU transfer requirement)
AJS162Domestic Violence3
(Fulfills Victimology certificate requirement)
AJS201Rules of Evidence3
(Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement)
AJS205Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice3
(Fulfills Corrections, Law Enforcement and Legal Studies certificate requirement)
AJS210Constitutional Law3
(Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement and NAU transfer requirement)
AJS255The Criminal Justice System Handling of the Mentally Ill3
(Fulfills Corrections and Victimology certificate requirement)
AJS270Community Relations3
(Fulfills GCU transfer requirement)
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
(Fulfills Corrections and Law Enforcement certificate requirement and GCU transfer requirement)
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
 
AJS+++++Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course not listed under Required Courses area (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3)3
(BPC110or CIS105 fulfills transfer requirement)
 
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
(Fulfills NAU transfer requirement)
 
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
 
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
SWU171Introduction to Social Work3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:7-9
Recommend the following for transfer:
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4) OR
any course with the [SQ] general education designation (4)4
 
Recommend the following for transfer: Any course with an [HU] and [G] general education designation OR an [HU] and [H] general education designation3-5
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 12-22
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Recommend COM225 for students intending to transfer
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any higher approved general education course in the Mathematics area (3-6)
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 0-4
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by AJS123 in the Required Courses area
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AJS200 or AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258 Required Courses area
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 0-4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
May be met by FOR105 or FOR106 in Electives area.

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