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 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.

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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
64–67
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
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers $52,270
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives $92,030
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists $55,280
Social and Human Service Assistants $29,960
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

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
12
ENG101 First-Year Composition FYC 3
MAT112 Mathematical Concepts and Applications OR satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course Mathematics 3
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice RC 3
AJS230 The Police Function RC 3

Term 2

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
16
ENG102 First-Year Composition FYC 3
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law RC 3
AJS240 The Correction Function RC 3
AJS123 Ethics and the Administration of Justice HU 3
Natural Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Natural Sciences area. NS 4

Term 3

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
6
COM100 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication Oral Comm 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR equivalent as indicated by assessment Critical Reading 3

Term 4

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures RC 3
AJS225 Criminology RC 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences Any approved General Education course in the Social & Behavioral Sciences area. AJS200 or AJS258 or AJS270 recommended courses SB 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I RC 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law RC 3

Term 5

Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
15-18
AJS+++++ or
JUD+++++
Any AJS+++course or Any JUD+++course RE 15–18

Note

If a student is test exempt in CRE101, an additional 3 credit AJS elective class will be required.

It is recommended that Term 3 courses be taken during the Summer.

A Certificate of Completion specialization should be considered to meet AJS elective courses, a total of 15-18 credits.

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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=125836).

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