Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice - AAS

Effective term: 
2017 Fall
Final term: 
Total credits required: 
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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice program is designed to prepare men and women for careers within the criminal justice system, including, but not limited to: law enforcement, the courts, probation and parole, corrections, and the various social service agencies that support the criminal justice system. It is interdisciplinary in nature and provides the student with a broad knowledge of the conceptual occupational issues and concerns existent within the criminal justice system. The program also provides criminal justice practitioners with the opportunity for continued education and academic growth and development.

Program notes

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

++ indicates any suffixed courses.

Students who have completed an Arizona POST certified academy may be waived from the following courses: AJS101, AJS109, AJS260, AJS270, and AJS275 through the credit by evaluation process. Students without prior experiences in the field of law enforcement should consult with the Program Director.

AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices 3
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
AJS225Criminology 3
AJS230The Police Function 3
AJS240The Correction Function 3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law 3
AJS270Community Relations 3
AJS275Criminal Investigation I 3
Restricted Electives
Students must select 6-9 credits of restricted electives for a total of 61 total credits.
AJS201Rules of Evidence 3
AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management 3
AJS213Evidence Technology/Fingerprints 3
AJS215Criminalistics: Physical Evidence 3
AJS216Criminalistics: Biological Evidence 3
AJS241Police Photography 3
AJS242Crime Scene Processing 3
AJS269ACInternship 3
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar 1
AJS+++++ Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies prefixed course with permission of Program Director.
General Education
General Education RequirementCredits 22-25
General Education CoreCredits 12-15
First-Year CompositionCredits 6
Any approved general education course from the First Year Composition area. 6
Oral CommunicationCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area. 3
Critical ReadingCredits 0-3
Any approved general education course from the Critical Reading area or equivalent as indicated by assessment 0-3
MathematicsCredits 3
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area. 3
General Education DistributionCredits 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits 3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice 3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits 3
AJS200Current Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Natural SciencesCredits 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area 4
  1. Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process. (AJS101)
  2. Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
  3. Trace the historical development of common and statutory law. (AJS109)
  4. List and describe elements necessary to prove the corpus delicti of criminal acts as found in the common law and the Arizona Revised Statutes. (AJS109)
  5. Focus on changing the distribution of crime opportunities rather than offender motivation. (AJS113)
  6. Application of situational crime prevention strategies, problem-oriented crime control approaches, hot spots policing, defensible space, and crime prevention through defensible space. (AJS113)
  7. Trace the history and development of juvenile justice theories, procedures, and institutions. (AJS212)
  8. Identify and describe the major social, political, and legal issues associated with crime in America. (AJS225)
  9. Identify deviance, society`s role in defining behavior, theories of criminality, and the psychological impact of crime. (AJS225)
  10. Identify principal functions of the police in American Society. (AJS230)
  11. Trace the history of policing from ancient times to the modern era. (AJS230)
  12. Describe the interrelationships and missions of the federal, state, and local law enforcement systems. (AJS230)
  13. Trace the history and development of correctional theories and institutions. (AJS240)
  14. Identify and describe various types of correctional institutions and the role that corrections performs in the criminal justice system. (AJS240)
  15. Describe procedural criminal law requirements and their effect on the criminal justice system. (AJS260)
  16. Describe the criminal law procedures for arrest, search, and seizure. (AJS260)
  17. Identify principles of law which have evolved from "landmark" decisions pertaining to criminal justice. (AJS260)
  18. Trace the development of police/community programs. (AJS270)
  19. Identify and describe future trends in police/community relations. (AJS270)
  20. Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation. (AJS275)
  21. Describe criminal investigation and list the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes. (AJS275)