The Administration of Justice Studies and Homeland Security Department at Arizona Western College offers programs that will produce graduates who will be successful in the study and field of criminal justice, cyber criminology, or homeland security and to educate students as to the dangers facing the United States and organizations that protect us from the danger. 

Graduates of the Administration of Justice Studies programs or certificates will learn a wide range of skills and gain industry specific experience in:

  • The theory of the criminal justice system.
  • Aanalyzing and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment.
  • Technical knowledge and skills relevant to the field of criminal justice.
  • Identifying current trends in the area of criminal justice.
  • Identifing and assessing potential terror, accident, and disaster threats to the American homeland.
  • Identifying and utilizing information sources for critical issues in homeland security and defense.
  • Disseminating information through multiple agencies in order to forecast the risks, types, and orders of magnitude of terrorist threats most likely to confront the nation/state.

Programs

AA in in Administration of Justice Studies

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Major Requirement

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 210 Court Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 225 Criminology 3 Major Requirement
AJS 230 Police Function 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 or ENG 108 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications/GE or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 240 Correction Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS Select course in consultation with an Advisor 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS Select course in consultation with an Advisor 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS Select course in consultation with an Advisor 3 Departmental Requirement
ARH 141 or ARH 142 Survey of World Art/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Arts/Humanities
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS Select one or more elective course in consulation with an Advisor 4 Elective
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
POS 110 American Politics/GE  (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended) 3

GE- Additional Courses

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AA in Administration of Justice Studies - Homeland Security Pathway

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Major Requirement
HLS 101 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 Department Emphasis
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 210 Court Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 225 Criminology 3 Major Requirement
AJS 230 Police Function 3 Major Requirement
HLS 107 Introduction to Cyber Terrorism 3 Department Emphasis
ENG 102 or ENG 108 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications/GE or approved higher level math 3 GE- Mathematics
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 240 Correction Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 191 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 3 Department Emphasis- Prerequisite
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Arts
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
HLS 203 Bioterrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction 3 Department Emphasis
HLS 215 Critical Incident Management for Public Safety 3 Department Emphasis
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
POS 110 American Politics/GE  (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
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AA in Administration of Justice Studies - Corrections Pathway

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Major Requirement
AJS 212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3 Department Emphasis
ENG 101 or ENG 107 Freshman Composition 1/GE 3 GE- Composition
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 210 Court Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 225 Criminology 3 Major Requirement
AJS 230 Police Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 241 Institutional Corrections 3 Department Emphasis
ENG 102 or ENG 108 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications/GE or approved higher level math 3 GE- Mathematics
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 240 Correction Function 3 Major Requirement
AJS 242 Community Corrections 3 Department Emphasis
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Arts
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 245 Correctional Management and Supervision 3 Department Emphasis
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
POS 110 American Politics/GE  (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
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AA in Customs and Border Protection Homeland Security

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 225 Criminology 3 Major Requirement
AJS/HLS 18 credits awarded for Border Patrol academy certificate 18 Major Requiremen

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 201 Crime Control Policies and Procedures 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 123 Ethics & Criminal Justice 3 Major Requirement
ARH 141 or ARH 142 Survey of World Art (recommended) 3 GE-Arts/Humanities
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Courses
GPH 171 Introduction to Meteorology (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Science
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science (recommended) 4 GE-Physical/Biological Science
POS 110 American Politics (recommended) 3 GE-Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking (recommended) 3 GE-Additional Courses
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AA in Cyber Criminology

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 120 or CIS 105

Introduction to Computer Information Systems (recommended)

or


Introduction to Business Information System

3 Major Requirement

ENG 101 or ENG 

Freshman Composition 1 3 GE-Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
ARH 141 Survey of World Art 1/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Arts
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 260 Procedural Criminal Law 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 171 Computer Forensics 3 Major Requirement
CIS 175 Computer Security 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2 3 GE-Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE  4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 275 Criminal Investigation 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 154 Introduction to E-Commerce/E-Business 3 Major Requirement
CIS 275 Fundamentals of Network Security 3 Major Requirement
HLS 107 Introduction to Cyberterrorism 3 Departmental Requirement
BIO 100 Biology Concepts/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 123 Ethics in Criminal Justice (recommended) 3 GE-Arts/Humanities
AJS 225 Criminology 3 GE-Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE 3 GE - Additional Courses
POS 100 Introduction to Politics 3 GE - Additional Courses
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Cyber Criminology Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 101 Introduction to Administration of Justice Studies 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS 109 Substantive Criminal Law 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 120 or CIS 105 Introduction to Computer Information Systems/Introduction to Business Information Systems 3 Major Requirement
CIS 175 Computer Security 3 Major Requirement
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 260 Procedural Criminal Law 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS 275 Criminal Investigation 3 Departmental Requirement
HLS 107 Introduction to Cyberterrorism 3 Departmental Requirement
CIS 171 Computer Forensics 3 Major Requirement
CIS 275 Fundamentals of Network Security 3 Major Requirement
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AA in Homeland Security

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

First Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
HLS 101 Introduction to Homeland Security 3 Major Requirement
HLS 103 Introduction to Fire and Emergency Services 3 Major Requirement
GPH 213 Introduction to Climate Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science

ENG 101 or ENG 107

Freshman Composition 1/GE

GE- Composition
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology (recommended) GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
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Second Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 193 Victimology 3 Departmental Requirement
HLS 107 Introduction to Cyberterrorism 3 Major Requirement
HLS 203 Bioterrorism & Weapons of Mass Destruction 3 Major Requirement
ENG 102 Freshman Composition 2/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications or higher level approved math 3 GE- Mathematics
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Third Semester: Fall

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 200 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 3 Departmental Requirement
AJS 123 Ethics & Criminal Justice (recommended) 3 GE- Arts/Humanities
ARH 141 or ARH 142 Survey of World Art 1/2 (recommended) 3 GE- Arts/Humanities
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Information Systems (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
HLS 215 Critical Incident Management for Public Safety 3 Major Requirement
Elective select an elective course 2 Elective
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Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 191 Terrorism and Counter Terrorism 3 Major Requirement
AJS 275 Criminal Investigation 3 Major Requirement
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
POS 110 American Politics (recommended) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences
SPC 215 Public Speaking (recommended) 3 GE- Additional Courses
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Public Safety- Level 1 Certificate

Recommended Program Map / Program Requirements

The recommended plan below meets the requirements to complete this program.  For official requirements, visit the AWC Catalog. If the recommended classes listed below don’t fit your schedule or interests, you can take alternate classes. 

To get started on your personalized Academic Plan, visit the Academic Planning page or schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

One Term

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS 123 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 Major Requirement
AJS 160 Leadership in Public Safety 3 Major Requirement
AJS 205 or HLS 205 Report Writing 3 Major Requirement
AJS 270 Community Policing 3 Major Requirement
AJS Select AJS 191, 220, or another AJS course not required 3 Deaprtmental Requirement
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Career Overview & Job Outlook

Successful completion of the Admnistration of Justice Studies program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations and annual median wages. Some of the careers listed below may require additonal education.

Police Officer
Protects life and property through the enforcement of laws & regulations
$58,960
Detective
Uniformed or plainclothes investigators who gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids and arrests.
$75,700
Baliff
Maintain order during courtroom proceedings. Judges depend on bailiffs to ensure that the public, jury, legal teams, witnesses and defendants proceed through trials and other court proceedings with the required decorum.
$43,540
Game Warden
Enforce state fish and wildlife laws. 
$56,410
Probation Officer
Help offenders fulfill their probation by employing various monitoring techniques and arranging additional services as may be required. They act as an intermediary between judges and offenders, track probationers' progress and make recommendations.
$51,410
Correctional Officer (ADC/CDOC)
Oversee inmates to ensure they are safe, secure, and supervised. They do so by enforcing outlined rules and regulations. This might include inspecting cells, writing incident reports, and restraining inmates.
$35,074-$80,074
Correctional Case Manager
Provide a critical connection between the prison system and social services. They work in an advisory capacity with convicted criminals to help rehabilitate and reintroduce them to the community.
$51,410
Case Manager
They work in an advisory capacity with convicted criminals to help rehabilitate and reintroduce them to the community.
$44,628
Juvenile Correctional Officer (ADC)
Providing safety and security to incarcerated juveniles. 
$42,339
Investigator
Responsible for solving crimes, preventing future criminal activities, and identifying and detaining suspects. 
$51,268
Judge
Judges rule on questions of law, act as a referee between the litigating parties, and render decisions in legal disputes.
$75,256-$150,452
FBI Agent
To protect U.S. citizens by investigating federal crimes. 
$73,122
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Special Agent)
Protects the United States from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.
$78,339
Sheriff Deputy
Perform patrols of their assigned sectors, educate the public on crime prevention, arrest offenders, operate the county jail, prepare court documents, testify in court, and maintain safety and security in their assigned county overall.
$68,318

Customs and Border Patrol Agents

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Individuals who have completed the Customs and Border Protection Homeland Security training program are eligible for 18 credit hours. To receive the 18 credits, the student must submit his or her credentials to the Transfer Services Department, in person, or via email to transfer.services@azwestern.edu. Students will be granted the appropriate coursework once they have met the AWC six credit hour requirement. For more information on the PLA process and a list of certifications AWC grants credit for, visit the Prior Learning Assessment webpage.

Advising

Agents who are interested in using their prior experiences and or attending AWC may contact the Coordinator of the Administration of Justice Studies and Homeland Security Department, Timothy Smith.

Contact Information

Timothy Smith
Professor/Coordinator of Administration of Justice Studies and Homeland Security
(928) 344-7696

Bertha Avila
Professor of Administration of Justice Studies and Homeland Security
(928) 344-7664

Terry Williams
Professor of Administration of Justice Studies and Homeland Security
(928) 344-7648

Lupe Fuentes
Senior Secretary, Public Safety Institute
(928) 317-6452