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Program Contacts

Program Director Michael Davis (928) 717-7938
Dean Jill Fitzgerald (928) 776-2277

Quick Facts

About the Associate of Applied Science - Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice degree program is an interdisciplinary program of study which prepares students for a broad range of employment opportunities including law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole officer, and social services in the courts or community agencies.

In addition to preparing students for entry-level employment, this degree program is appropriate for individuals already employed in the justice field who are seeking skill upgrade and promotional opportunities, and individuals preparing to transfer to a four-year college/university with a major in Justice Studies.

Arizona State University, Arizona State University-West, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona all offer baccalaureate degree programs in Justice Studies/Administration of Justice.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Administration of Justice Degree program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Explain the historical development of American criminal law from its English common law roots to the present. (AJS 101)
  2. Analyze criminal conduct in the context of historical, social, political and legal developments. (AJS 101, AJS 109)
  3. Identify the organization and jurisdiction of local state and federal law enforcement, courts and correctional systems. (AJS 101, AJS 230, AJS 240)
  4. Describe the relationships between the three components of the criminal justice system. (AJS 109, AJS 230, AJS 240)
  5. Summarize the philosophy of legal sanctions and corrections and the historical development of theories of punishment and rehabilitation. (AJS 109, AJS 240)
  6. Analyze the intersection of law, morality and ethics in our modern society. (AJS 123)
  7. Summarize the modern scientific tools used in criminal investigation. (AJS 170)
  8. Analyze current issues and trends in crime rates, criminal behavior, and social trends as they impact the criminal justice process. (AJS 200)
  9. Outline the modern philosophies, organization and treatment/intervention goals of the juvenile justice system. (AJS 212)
  10. Identify and summarize the various theories of the causes of criminal behavior. (AJS 225)
  11. Analyze the role of the US Supreme Court in defining the Constitutional protections and procedural due process safeguards in the criminal justice system. (AJS 260)
  12. Describe the economic and psychological impact of crime on society. (AJS 225, AJS 240)
  13. Define investigation and describe the goals of criminal investigation. (AJS 275)
  14. Identify the key provisions of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution that pertain to civil liberties and civil rights, and explain various competing theories of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. (AJS 290)
  15. (A) Discuss selected social problems (SOC250), OR (B) Describe the ways society shapes and defines the positions and roles of both men and women (SOC 212), OR (C) Analyze contemporary racial and ethnic intergroup relations emphasizing cultural origins, developments, and problems of minority groups in the United States (SOC142)

General and Program-Specific Requirements

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