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Administration of Justice Studies

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for various careers within the criminal justice system and/or transfer to a four year institution. 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 four Certificates of Completion in Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Victimology, and/or a transfer option.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3181
Total Credits Required
62-68
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments.
  2. Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning.
  3. Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences.
  4. Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system.
  5. Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals.
  6. 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.
  7. Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data.
  8. Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice.
  9. Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives

$96,130

There are additional career opportunities associated with this degree that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Judicial Law Clerks
  • Transit and Railroad Police
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course SB 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Critical course HU 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
RE Restricted Elective 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS240 The Correction Function 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics MA 3–6
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for transfer. SB or L 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS230 The Police Function 3
AJS225 Criminology SB 3
AJS258 or
AJS200
Victimology and Crisis Management or Current Issues In Criminal Justice C, SB or SB 3
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or SG
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or SQ or SG SQ 4
RE See below

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
RE Restricted Elective See below 3
RE Restricted Elective See below 3
Elective or
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or
SG
Elective or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Natural Sciences SQ if not met or Natural Sciences SG if not met SQ or SG 3–4
Elective or
HU
Elective or Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) course 3

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS113 Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices Fulfills ASU transfer requirement 3
AJS119 Computer Applications in Justice Studies Fulfills NAU transfer requirement 3
AJS162 Domestic Violence Fulfills Victimology certificate requirement 3
AJS201 Rules of Evidence Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement 3
AJS205 Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice Fulfills Corrections, Law Enforcement and Legal Studies certificate requirement 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement and NAU transfer requirement 3
AJS255 Crime, Law, and Mental Health Fulfills Corrections and Victimology certificate requirement 3
AJS270 Community Relations Fulfills GCU transfer requirement SB 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I Fulfills Corrections and Law Enforcement certificate requirement and GCU transfer requirement 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
AJS+++ or
BPC110 or
CIS105
AJS+++ or Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course not listed under Required Courses area or (BPC110 or CIS105 fulfills transfer requirement) MCC Proposals Submission CS 3
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet Fulfills NAU transfer requirement 3
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology Fulfills ASU transfer requirement SB 3
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life Fulfills ASU transfer requirement SB 3
SWU171 Introduction to Social Work Fulfills ASU transfer requirement H, SB 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course SB 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course FYC 3
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Critical course HU 3
MAT14+ College Mathematics MA 3–6
Elective Elective 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking L 0–3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS240 The Correction Function 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for transfer. SB or L 3
AJS230 The Police Function 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS225 Criminology SB 3
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or SG
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or SQ or SG SQ 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS258 or
AJS200
Victimology and Crisis Management or Current Issues In Criminal Justice C, SB or SB 3
RE See below

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
RE Restricted Elective See below 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
RE Restricted Elective See below 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or
SG
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Natural Sciences SQ if not met or Natural Sciences SG if not met SQ or SG 0–4
Elective or
HU
Elective or Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) course 0–4

Restricted Electives

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AJS113 Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices Fulfills ASU transfer requirement 3
AJS119 Computer Applications in Justice Studies Fulfills NAU transfer requirement 3
AJS162 Domestic Violence Fulfills Victimology certificate requirement 3
AJS201 Rules of Evidence Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement 3
AJS205 Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice Fulfills Corrections, Law Enforcement and Legal Studies certificate requirement 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement and NAU transfer requirement 3
AJS255 Crime, Law, and Mental Health Fulfills Corrections and Victimology certificate requirement 3
AJS270 Community Relations Fulfills GCU transfer requirement SB 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I Fulfills Corrections and Law Enforcement certificate requirement and GCU transfer requirement 3
AJS290BN Courtroom Testimony Seminar 1
AJS+++ or
BPC110 or
CIS105
AJS+++ or Computer Usage and Applications or Survey of Computer Information Systems Any AJS Administration of Justice Studies course not listed under Required Courses area or (BPC110 or CIS105 fulfills transfer requirement) MCC Proposals Submission CS 3
CIS114DE Excel Spreadsheet Fulfills NAU transfer requirement 3
PSY101 or
SOC101
Introduction to Psychology or Introduction to Sociology Fulfills ASU transfer requirement SB 3
REC120 Leisure and the Quality of Life Fulfills ASU transfer requirement SB 3
SWU171 Introduction to Social Work Fulfills ASU transfer requirement H, SB 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

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

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=138016).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site 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.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020
2018-20195/29/2018 – 5/27/2019