Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies

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The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to prepare students for various careers within the criminal justice system and/or transfer to a four year institution. The program also provides criminal justice practitioners with the opportunity to complete the Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Administration of Justice Studies as well as one of four Certificates of Completion in Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Victimology, and/or a transfer option.

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Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Degree
Academic Plan
Administration of Justice Studies (AAS)
Academic Plan Code
3398
Total Credits Required
61–73
Catalog Year
2019-2020
Available Online
Yes

Career Opportunities

This pathway map can lead to a variety of different occupations and industries. Below is a sampling of some of the possible positions and Arizona-based salaries related to this pathway map. Some of the opportunities presented below may require either a bachelor degree or a post-graduate level education.

Example job titles with salary information
Occupation / Title Annual Median Wage
Correctional Officers and Jailers $43,760
Detectives and Criminal Investigators $81,800
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $92,030
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers $44,590
Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by placement tests and completion of 100-200 level course pre-/corequisites and program prerequisites.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
12-18
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Critical course Course carries HU Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
CIS105 or
BPC110 or
AJS Elective
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications or Any AJS Elective Course carries CS Value.
Recommend CIS105 for transfer purpose
3
RDG1++ Any Successful College Reading Course 0–3
CPD150 or
AAA115 or
CPD115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success or Creating College Success 0–3
Congrats! You finished your first semester! Please visit with your advisor or program faculty.

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
15-20
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS240 The Correction Function 3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for transfer.
COM100, COM110, and COM230 carrY SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value.
3
Congratulations! You are 50% of the way there! Meet with ASU or NAU or GCU Transfer Specialist

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
16
AJS230 The Police Function Completion of AJS CCL and 5 out of 9 AJS core & Grad Check 3
AJS225 Criminology Course carries SB Value 3
AJS258 or
AJS200
Victimology and Crisis Management or Current Issues In Criminal Justice AJS258 carries C, SB Values.
AJS200 carries SB Value.
3
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or SG
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course Course carries SQ Value 4
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
18-19
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures Completion of Corrections CCL if AJS275 or AJS205 is selected as the restricted elective in Term 3 or Term 4 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective Course 3
Restricted Electives Restricted Elective Course Completion of Victimology CCL if restricted electives are AJS162 and AJS255 3
Elective or
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ if not met or
SG if SQ is met
Elective or Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Any Natural Sciences SQ Course if SQ not met or Any Natural Sciences SG if SQ is met FOR105 and FOR106 carry SQ Value.
FOR or SQ is recommended for AGEC-A.
3–4
Elective or
HU & H or G
Elective Course or Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) course that meets the H or G value HU & (G or H) is recommended for AGEC-A 3

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice Critical course Gateway course Course carries SB Value 3
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course 3
CPD150 or
CPD115 or
AAA115
Strategies for College Success or Creating College Success or Creating College Success 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
9-11
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice Critical course Course carries HU Value 3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Course carries MA Value 3–5
RDG1++ or
Elective
Any Successful College Reading Course or Elective Course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6-9
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking Course carries L Value 0–3
ENG102 or
ENG108
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
AJS240 The Correction Function 3
CIS105 or
BPC110
Survey of Computer Information Systems or Computer Usage and Applications Course carries CS Value.
Recommend CIS105 for transfer purpose
3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for transfer.
COM100, COM110, and COM230 carrY SB Value.
COM225 carries L Value.
3
AJS230 The Police Function 3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
7
AJS225 Criminology Course carries SB Value 3
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ or SG
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Any Natural Sciences SQ or SG Course Course carries SQ Value 4

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
AJS258 or
AJS200
Victimology and Crisis Management or Current Issues In Criminal Justice AJS258 carries C, SB Values.
AJS200 carries SB Value.
3
Restricted Electives Restricted Electives 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures Completion of Corrections CCL if AJS275 or AJS205 is selected as the restricted elective in Term 3 or Term 4 3
Restricted Elective Restricted Elective Course 3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
6
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
Restricted Electives Restricted Elective Course Completion of Victimology CCL if restricted electives are AJS162 and AJS255 3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
4-8
FOR105 or
FOR106 or
SQ if not met or
SG if SQ is met
Forensic Science: Physical Evidence or Forensic Science: Biological Evidence or Any Natural Sciences SQ Course if SQ not met or Any Natural Sciences SG if SQ is met FOR105 and FOR106 carry SQ Value.
Optional for AGEC-A
0–4
Elective or
(HU & (H or G) and
Elective)
Elective Course or (Any Humanities, Arts, & Design (HU) course that meets the H or G value and Elective) Optional for AGEC-A 4

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Program Area Key

  • Critical Rdg = Critical Reading
  • FYC = First Year Composition
  • HU = Humanities, Arts and Design
  • Mathematics = Mathematics
  • NS = Natural Science
  • Oral Comm = Oral Communication
  • PP = Program Prerequisite
  • SB = Social-Behavioral Sciences
  • RC = Required Courses
  • RE = Restricted Electives

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

All information is administered by the Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation at Maricopa County Community College District and published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change in order to reflect the most current information available.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Associate in Applied Science in Administration of Justice Studies (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=132600).

* Salary information comes from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2017.