Administration of Justice

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Administration of Justice program is designed to be interdisciplinary by nature and provides students with foundational knowledge of the criminal justice system and operational processes for addressing crime within society. This program also examines diverse populations and communities, and their effects on relationships with the criminal justice system. In addition, this program allows students to familiarize themselves with and evaluate various career opportunities in the criminal justice field.


Major Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
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
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices3
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
AJS230The Police Function3
AJS240The Correction Function3
AJS255Crime, Law, and Mental Health3
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
AJS270Community Relations3
  • 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.