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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Judicial Studies
Major: 3394
First Term: 2004 Fall    Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 64
CIPS Code: 43.0104
Initiating College: Mesa Community College
Program Availability: College-Specific
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security
Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.00

Detailed Program Information

Description: An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Judicial Studies will address skills and knowledge necessary for pursuing a career in the court system. In addition, the degree is designed for those individuals currently employed in the court who want to enhance or expand their job skills. Program of study will explore the laws, court structure, management, role of the judiciary and other areas that impact on the court.

Required Courses
 Credits: 33
 AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
 AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
 AJS119Computer Applications in Justice Studies3
 AJS201Rules of Evidence3
 AJS210Constitutional Law3
 AJS/EMT/SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management3
 AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
 JUD101The Courts in Arizona1
 JUD103Role of the Court Staff1
 JUD107Civil Procedure in Arizona Courts2
 JUD109Judicial Writing1
 JUD111Sentencing Misdemeanants1
 JUD113Court Management2
 JUD115Injunctive Actions2
 JUD119Alternative Dispute Resolution1
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 6-9
Select 9 credits from the following list of courses:
 AJS+++++Administration of Justice Studies (Any AJS module) 
 LAS+++++Legal Assisting (Any LAS module) 
 POS+++++Political Science (Any POS module)6-9
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25
General Education CoreCredits: 15
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
+ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND 
+ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR 
 ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM100Introduction to Human Communication OR 
 COM225Public Speaking (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
 CRE101College Critical Reading3
MathematicsCredits: 4
 MAT102Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR Satisfactory completion of a higher-level mathematics course.4
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 AJS123Ethics in Criminal Justice3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences Area3
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
 Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences Area4

Program Competencies
1.Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process. (AJS101)
2.Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
3.Trace the historical development of common and statutory law. (AJS109)
4.List and describe elements necessary to prove the corpus delicti of criminal acts as found in the common law and the Arizona Revised Statues. (AJS109)
5.Identify computer usage and types of software utilized in the criminal justice system. (AJS119)
6.Explain the rules of evidence, including how to recognize and use evidence in judicial proceedings. (AJS201)
7.Identify and explain those parts of the U.S. Constitution that govern the law enforcement function. (AJS210)
8.Describe key issues related to victimology and crisis intervention. (AJS258)
9.Describe the criminal procedure for arrest, search and seizure. (AJS260)
10.Identify principles of law which have evolved from "landmark" decisions appertaining to criminal justice. (AJS260)
11.Contrast the functions of various courts in Arizona, and describe their interrelationships. (JUD101)
12.Describe the roles and responsibilities of court staff and other court personnel in Arizona. (JUD103)
13.Describe the rules of civil procedure as applied to both standard civil actions and small claims cases in Arizona courts. (JUD107)
14.Identify and write documents that are commonly used in the judicial setting. (JUD109)
15.Explain the alternatives, methods, laws, rules, and practices that relate to the sentencing of misdemeanants. (JUD111)
16.Describe the organization and management of courts, especially in the areas of personnel, case processing standards, staff organization, quality management, and court administration. (JUD113)
17.Describe the philosophy and practical applications of injunctive orders. (JUD115)
18.Describe and demonstrate techniques for conflict resolution. (JUD119)
19.Describe the processing of appeals from limited jurisdiction courts to general jurisdiction courts. (JUD121)