Administration of Justice: AA Degree
The Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice is designed for transfer to the Criminal Justice bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University (NAU) and Arizona State University (ASU). The program teaches students skills which can be used to enter a wide variety of law enforcement and corrections positions. Students completing this degree will transfer 60-64 credits to NAU or ASU. Students planning to transfer to a university other than NAU or ASU should see an advisor. This degree results in an AGEC-A, which is transferable to all Arizona public universities. This is a Tech Prep articulated program.
The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets
that graduates will possess at the end of their program of study.
• Prepare students for upper division course work and the attainment of a bachelor’s degree in related fields of study.
• Understand the structure of the criminal justice system and the functions of its main constituents: official agencies, citizens, and their elected representatives.
• Acquire the major communication skills required of most criminal justice practitioners including the development of effective written and oral communications consistent with the criminal justice field.
• Use knowledge of other cultures, politics, ethics, and human rights to positively impact the community, work place, and the physical environment around us.
• Provide students with the resources to investigate careers within the criminal justice system.
• Prepare students with skills necessary to enter the criminal justice workforce with specialized training in such areas as detention/corrections officer or emergency communications dispatcher.
Minimum credit hours required: 60
AGEC-A Requirements: 35 credit hours
See General Education Courses that can be used to satisfy AGEC requirements.
ENG 101¹ College Composition I (3)
ENG 102¹ College Composition II (3)
MAT 142¹ College Mathematics (3) or a higher course selected from the approved AGEC courses in the Mathematics category.
Courses from two or more disciplines must be selected from the approved General Education courses in the Arts/Humanities category.
Social/Behavioral Sciences (6-9)
Courses from two or more disciplines must be selected from the approved General Education courses in the Social/Behavioral Sciences category.
Physical/Biological Sciences (8-10)
Any two courses may be taken from the Physical/Biological Sciences category.
General Education Options (0-6)²
Courses may be selected from the above categories or from the Options category.
Degree Core Requirements: 25-29 credit hours
Required: 15 credit hours
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
AJS 110 The Correction Function (3)
AJS 130 The Police Function (3)
AJS 260 Constitutional Law (3)
AJS 280 Criminology (3)
Electives: 10-14 credit hours
10-14 credits of transferable courses as stated in the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG). These courses must transfer to all Arizona public universities. See an advisor or check the Course Equivalency Guide (CEG).
One course at the 100 level or above in Spanish or Navajo (this course may be used to fulfill the AGEC Options requirement) (4)
SOC 215 Race & Ethnic Relations (3)
SOC 210 Sociology of Gender (3)
¹ Placement test and/or prerequisite required.
² 0-6 hours may be taken in the Options category as needed to complete the minimum 35 hours required for the AGEC.