Administration of Justice

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice program is interdisciplinary in nature and is designed to provide the student with a broad based knowledge of the criminal justice field. It is designed to prepare the students of excellent character and reputation for careers in Administration of Justice, including, but not limited to: law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole officer, and social services in community based agencies/organizations. The program also includes a Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice.


Major Code: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Award notes

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

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Certificate of Completion in Administration of Justice (5837)30
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must select nine (9) credits of AJS prefixed courses except those used to satisfy the Required Courses area and have them approved by the department advisor. AJS123, AJS200, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258 recommended for students considering university transfer.
AJS+++++Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course9
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
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)
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communications area.
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
CRE111Critical Reading for Business and Industry (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area.
MAT142is recommended for students considering transfer to the university.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
AJS123is recommended.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258or PSY132 is recommended.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
BIO107or PHY101 is recommended.
  • Identify and describe the three major components of the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
  • Describe the structure and history of law enforcement in the United States. (AJS101)
  • Identify and describe the numerous kinds of rank structures found within police departments throughout the United States. (AJS101)
  • Identify the structure of the federal and state courts within the United States judicial system. (AJS101)
  • Identify the rights provided by the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth, and fourteenth amendments as they pertain to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
  • Identify and describe the types of correctional institutions found within the state and federal systems. (AJS101)
  • Discuss the various definitions of crime that apply to the Arizona Criminal Code. (AJS109)
  • Describe the elements pertaining to certain criminal code offenses, such as preparatory offenses, and property type crimes, such as arson, burglary, theft, and criminal damages. (AJS109)
  • Describe the elements pertaining to certain criminal code offenses, such as assaults, homicides, kidnapping, sexual assaults, and robbery. (AJS109)
  • Explain the four stages in the SARA (scanning, analysis, response, and assess) model and its relation to crime control and prevention. (AJS113)
  • Summarize the Juvenile Justice System and how juvenile law procedures differ from adult law procedures. (AJS212)
  • Identify and explain the major theories surrounding the reasons for crime and delinquency. (AJS225)
  • Define and describe the major types of crimes within the criminal justice system. (AJS225)
  • Describe the impact of crime as it affects the various segments of society. (AJS225)
  • Describe how crime and delinquency relate to the three components of the criminal justice system. (AJS225)
  • Examine policing in American society, including the theories of procedures and methods of operations of public police. (AJS230)
  • Describe the development of the corrections system and the development of American prisons. (AJS240)
  • Summarize mental health issues within communities and the laws of the legal justice system concerning a mentally ill criminal. (AJS255)
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of mental health professionals within the legal justice system. (AJS255)
  • Describe the police process for arrests as they pertain to the state of Arizona. (AJS260)
  • Identify the functions of the rules of felony criminal procedures, from the initial appearance through the trial, sentencing, and appeals process. (AJS260)
  • Identify the judicial function as it relates to prosecutors, defense counsels, magistrates, grand juries, trial juries, and the public in general. (AJS260)
  • Define and describe the elements surrounding both misdemeanor and felony trials. (AJS260)
  • Describe methods and programs for understanding and coping with problems concerning the community and relationships with the criminal justice system. (AJS270)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.