Administration of Justice Studies

A.A. - Transfer Degree

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a university. Because the programs at the university level are so unique to this major, students should work closely with an Academic Advisor regarding the requirements at a specific four-year institution.

Program Purpose

Graduates will demonstrate (1) basic knowledge in administration of justice studies that will prepare them to transfer to the university and (2) competency in communication, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and technological applications.

Learning Outcomes

  • Brief and explain landmark cases using constitutional precedence; identify the tenets of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights; and apply the elements of criminal statutes to factual situations.
  • Deliver well written essays that explain how the three components of the criminal justice system work together; conduct an oral presentation on ethics and the law, the police, and the courts; and complete oral exams.
  • Construct sound arguments regarding crime-related issues; demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities by applying appropriate case laws; and quantify methods of treatment for the incarcerated.
  • Use criminological theories (e.g. classical criminology, sociological criminology, and psychological criminology) to explain current events; explain the inner workings of the criminal justice system and its agencies; explain why the criminal justice system is considered to be a non-system; and discuss the different purposes of criminal law.

Program Map

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. 

Visit Academic Planning to get started on your personalized Academic Plan, or schedule an appointment with the Advising Office or with a Faculty 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 
ENG 107
Freshman Composition I/GE 3 GE- Composition
ENV 101 Environmental Science/GE (recommended or choose a class from this list) 4 GE- Physical/Biological Science
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology/GE (recommended or choose a class from this list) 3 GE- Social/Behavioral Sciences

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
ENG 108
Freshman Composition II/GE 3 GE- Composition
MAT 142 College Mathematics with Applications/GE (or higher level approved math) 3 GE- Mathematics
PHI 105 Introduction to Ethics/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Humanities

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
ARH 142
Survey of World Art/GE (recommended) 3 GE- Arts

Fourth Semester: Spring

Course Course Title Credits Area
AJS Select one or more elective course in consultation 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/WI
SPC 215 Public Speaking/GE (recommended) 3

GE- Additional Courses

Open the program map above to view the recommended classes to complete the program. You can also print the program map using the button above.

Transfer Information

Arizona State University BS, BA Criminology & Criminal Justice, Justice Studies (multiple program options) None
Northern Arizona University BS Criminology & Criminal Justice, Justice Studies (multiple program options) None
University of Arizona  BS, BAS Criminal Justice Studiees, Administration of Justice (multiple program options) 2nd Proficiency

Transfer Tools

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AZTransfer will provide you with more information and tools on how to transfer to ASU, NAU, and UofA.

Need help with transferring?  The AWC Transfer Services office can provide you with individualized help to explore degree pathways and specific university requirements.  Visit their website or schedule an appointment with a transfer specialist.

Additional Information

Check the Administration of Justice and Homeland Security program page for additional information about this degree.