Program Purpose

The Administration of Justice Studies program at Arizona Western College is designed to introduce new students to nucleus of the system itself: (1) law enforcement, (2) courts, and (3) corrections. Individuals who pursue an Administration of Justice degree are typically interested in one of the aforementioned fields. The courses in the program are explored from a a historical, sociological, philosophical, and practical perspective.

Law Enforcement: Police officers protect lives and property. Detectives and criminal investigators, who are sometimes called agents or special agents, gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Law Enforcement enforce the law, investigate crimes, apprehend offenders, reduce and prevent crime, maintain public order, ensure community safety, provide emergency and related community services, protect individuals rights and freedoms of individuals.

Courts: In the criminal justice system, courts are responsible for deciding whether those arrested are legally guilty, and if so, determining sentence. Courts are composed of prosecutors, defense attorney and judges in addition to court reporters, bailiffs, clerks of the court, and court administrators. The court structure of the United States consists of both state and federal.

Corrections: The correction system consists of prison and jails and its purpose is to protect society by punishing people who break society’s rules as method of social control. The central purpose of corrections is to carry out the sentences imposed by the courts. Probation officers, detention officers, correctional officers, parole officers are some career opportunities in corrections.

Program Information

Available Degrees and Certificates

Title Degree or Certificate Checksheet
Administration of Justice Associates in Arts (A.A.) degree
Administration of Justice Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree
Administration of Justice Studies:
Law Enforcement Emphasis
Associates in Arts (A.A.) degree
Cyber Criminology Associates in Arts (A.A.) degree
Public Safety - Level 1 Certificate (CERT.AJSPS)

Your Academic Advisor

The Academic Advisor for the degrees and certificate is: Lee Altman (

You should meet with your advisor at least once a semester and to discuss:

  • Course selection prior to registration
  • Adding or dropping courses or taking a course credit/no credit, and how this will affect your academic standing, financial aid, or other issues
  • Options for majors, thinking about changing directions, or just want to talk to someone to clarify your thoughts about how well a particular major may fit you
  • Any problems which affect academic performance, including academic progress and personal strengths and challenges
  • Concerns about your study skills or difficulties with your coursework
  • Academic probation or jeopardy of dismissal
  • Career choices, study abroad, and internships
  • College policies and procedures
  • Final graduation requirements (at least one semester prior to

If you are exploring a major or a particular career interest but have not yet declared a major, you are also encouraged to talk to an advisor or a faculty member in the department which offers that major.

Intended Program Outcomes

The mission of the Administration of Justice Studies program at Arizona Western College is to offer a challenging set of courses that will produce from its harvest a graduate who will be successful in the study and field of criminal justice. The program accomplishes this by offering courses that embed: critical thinking, problem solving, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, writing and technology.

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  • Demonstrate the understanding and application of theory of the criminal justice system.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and logic to analyze and solve a variety of complex problems in the criminal justice environment.
  • Demonstrate competencies in various forms of communication.
  • Develop specialized technical knowledge and skills relevant to the field of criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate quantitative analysis and critical thinking in identifying current trends in the area of criminal justice.

Contact Info

Phone: (928) 317-6452
Fax: (928) 317-6230
Location: PSI
  • Monday - Thursday: 7:00am - 5:00pm