Administration of Justice (AJS)

AJS 101 (3)

Introduction to Administration of Justice 

Organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial and corrections systems, terminology, and constitutional limitations of the system. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences. Three lecture.

AJS 105 (3)

Juvenile Detention Studies 

Introduction to the field of juvenile detention, including responsibilities and job duties of the detention employee. The course will include both legal and procedural issues in the subject area. Three lecture. Fall.

AJS 110 (3)

The Correction Function 

History and development of correctional theories and institutions. Three lecture.

AJS 120 (3)

Substantive Criminal Law 

Philosophy and legal sanctions and historical development from the common law to modern American criminal law. Classifications of crimes, elements of and parties to crimes, general definitions of crime, common defenses utilized, and review of offenses and the essential elements of each defense. Three lecture.

AJS 130 (3)

The Police Function 

Theories of procedures and methods of operations with emphasis on the discretionary powers available to the working police officer. Career opportunities and current trends in law enforcement will be presented. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences. Three lecture.

AJS 141 (3)

Gang Behavior & Street Violence 

Development of gangs, how society promotes them, and how they are self-sustaining through street violence. Includes a detailed look at victims’ rights and the history of vigilantes in America. Three lecture.

AJS 150 (3)

Rules of Criminal Procedures 

Procedural criminal law including the judiciary role in the criminal justice systems, the right to council, pretrial release, grand juries, adjudication process, types and rules of evidence, and sentencing. Three lecture.

AJS 160 (3)

Justice System Management

Principles of administration and organization of management functions and services within criminal justice systems. Three lecture.

AJS 170 (3)

Security Issues in Private Industry

A historical overview of the development and evolution of law enforcement and its developing relationship and dependence on the need for private asset protection. Students will assess current prevention technology, its development and history, and future direction and application. The class will further examine the roles of law enforcement and private security officers as well as the inherent differences. Legal limitations and provisions, public/private security agency(s) and liability issues in the industry will be analyzed. Three lecture.

AJS 200 (3)

Community Relations 

Examination, recognition, and understanding of community problems; community action programs; methods of coping with human behavior, conflict and communications; ethnic and minority cultures and environments; the community and the relationships with the criminal justice system. Three lecture.

AJS 209 (3)

Criminal Jurisdiction on Federal and Indian Land

Jurisdiction of local, state, and tribal law enforcement AES agencies over crimes committed on federal military reservation, national parks, national forests, federal buildings, as well as Indian lands. Agreements with tribal governments, including courts, and police agencies of tribes, counties, states, and the federal government will also be examined. Three lecture. 

AJS 215 (3)

Crime, Justice , and the Media

Examines the perceptions of the realities of crime and justice, and how these perceptions influence the media.  Also studied are the effects of how the media influences the public’s perception of crime and the criminal justice system.  Three lecture. 

AJS 216 (13)

Basic Detention Academy

The Coconino Community College Basic Detention Academy is designed to provide entry level training to detention officer staff , meeting Arizona Detention Association standards. Prerequisites: Hired and/or recommended by approved law enforcement or correctional agency. Thirteen Lecture.

AJS 220 (3)

Rules of Evidence 

Understanding of the rules of evidence which most often affect personnel concerned with the administration of the criminal law. Three lecture.

AJS 230 (3)

Deviant Behavior

Basic concepts of deviant behavior; evaluates current literature and studies the application of current criminological theories related to patterns of deviance. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences. Three lecture.

AJS 240 (3)

Juvenile Justice Procedure 

History and development of juvenile procedures and institutions. Three lecture.

AJS 250 (3)

Criminal Investigations 

Fundamentals of criminal investigation. Examines theory of criminal investigation, crime scene procedures, case preparation, basic and advanced interviewing techniques, and basic investigative techniques. Three lecture.

AJS 260 (3)

Constitutional Law 

Constitutional law as it relates to the operation of the criminal justice system. Three lecture.

AJS 265 (3)

Probation & Parole 

The selection process for the release of both adults and juveniles under the supervision of probation and parole guidelines and the community values consistent with those under supervision. Three lecture. Spring.

AJS 280 (3)


Deviance and society’s role in defining behavior; theories of criminality and the economic, social, and psychological impact of crime and victimization; relationships between statistics and crime trends. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences. Three lecture.

AJS 289 (1–6)

Internship I

Designed for students who are looking for paid or voluntary, practical learning experiences that apply academic and occupational education to real-life, on-the-job situations.  Credit hours will be negotiated based on fulfillment of a contract.  Each credit hour requires the completion of a minimum 45 hours of on-the-job participation.  Prior experience or course work in the field of interest is required.  One to six variable credit hours.  May be taken for S/U credit.

AJS 291 (3)

Terrorism & Counter-Terrorism 

Nature of terrorism, terrorist threat, and countermeasures to combat terrorism. Three lecture. Summer.

AJS 292 (3)

Hostage Negotiations 

Essentials of hostage negotiations for all personnel and may serve as a refresher for trained personnel. Three lecture.

AJS 295 (3)

White Collar & Corporate Crime

A close look at the theories, laws and issues surrounding white collar crime in contemporary society. Three lecture.

AJS 198/298 (1–6)

Special Topics 

Designed to meet the needs of an individual(s) with interest in pursuing an original topic in an instructional area under faculty supervision. One to six variable credit hours.


*Course may have pre or co-requisites.