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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Administration of Justice Studies
Major: 3398
First Term: 2008 Summer I    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: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program that prepares students for a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including law enforcement, corrections, probation, and social services in community-based organizations and agencies.

Program Notes:
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.
+ indicates course has prerequisites and/or corequisites.
++ indicates any module

Required Courses
 Credits: 24
 AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
 AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
 AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
 AJS230The Police Function3
 AJS240The Correction Function3
 AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
 AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
Restricted Electives
 Credits: 15-18
 AJS+++++Administration of Justice Studies (Any other AJS courses) OR 
 JUD+++++Judicial Studies (Any JUD course)15-18
General Education Requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
+ENG101First Year Composition (3) AND 
 ENG102First Year Composition (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
 COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR 
 COM225Public Speaking (3) OR 
 COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
 CRE101College Critical Reading (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
 MAT102Mathematical Concepts/Applications (3) OR 
 MAT120Intermediate Algebra (5) OR 
 MAT121Intermediate Algebra (4) OR 
 MAT122Intermediate Algebra (3) OR 
  Equivalent as indicated by assessment OR 
  Approved math courses which are required in a specific AAS program OR 
  Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course3-5
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
 AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
 Any approved general education course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.3
 AJS200 or AJS258 or AJS270 recommended.
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.Trace the history and development of juvenile justice theories, procedures, and institutions. (AJS212)
6.Identify and describe the major social, political and legal issues associated with crime in America. (AJS225)
7.Identify deviance, society's role in defining behavior, theories of criminality and the psychological impact of crime. (AJS225)
8.Identify the principles roles and functions of the police in American Society. (AJS230)
9.Trace the history of policing from ancient times to the modern era. (AJS230)
10.Describe the interrelationships and missions of the federal, state, and local law enforcement systems. (AJS230)
11.Trace the history and development of correctional theories and institutions. (AJS240)
12.Identify and describe various types of correctional institutions and the role that corrections performs in the criminal justice system. (AJS240)
13.Describe procedural criminal law requirements and their effect on the criminal justice system. (AJS260)