Administration of Justice Studies - AAS

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 as well as one of four Certificates of Completion in Corrections, Law Enforcement, Legal Studies, and Victimology, and/or a transfer option.

Details

Major Code: 
3181
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
62-68
Award notes

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

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Description

The Administration of Justice Studies (AJS) program prepares students for a career in the criminal justice industry, enhance the skills of those already employed within it, offer non-criminal justice students interesting courses to incorporate into their degree programs, and provide others with courses to take for personal enrichment. Here at Scottsdale Community College (SCC) we accomplish these goals by offering a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in both Administration of Justice Studies and Forensic Science. We also offer eight different Certificates of Completion (CCL) to include Law Enforcement, Victimology, Legal Studies, Corrections, Crime Scene Technology, Homeland Security, Fingerprint & Photography, and Justice Studies.

All of our instructors are criminal justice professionals who work, or have worked in the field. Our expertise comes from local and federal law enforcement, crime labs, forensics, victim advocacy, investigations, and probation. We are engaged with our students because we enjoy what we do and want to help them succeed.

Course Format

Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.  

Program Length

It takes a minimum of two years as a full-time student to earn an AAS. This estimate does not include developmental education courses (courses under 100 level).  Certificates (CCLs) can be earned in a shorter time frame.  

Cost

The estimated cost of the AAS program is approximately $6,500 for Maricopa County residents. 

Textbooks

Most of our courses use low cost text books or no cost material provided by your instructors.  General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.

Program Curriculum

A degree progression plan, a suggested sequencing of classes, for an AAS in Justice Studies or Forensic Science is available.  These plans help students navigate the process to choose the correct classes to obtain the desired degree and/or certificates.  Your program director or advisor will help you with this process. 

Click on the link under “Degree Progression Plans” for a semester by semester plan for your classes.  

Program Contacts

Walter Olsen
Justice Studies Program Director and Residential Faculty
Phone: (480) 423-6742
walter.olsen@scottsdalecc.edu

Katherine Stang
Forensic Science Program Coordinator
Phone: (480) 423-6270
katherine.stang@scottsdalecc.edu

Alexis Hale
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6599
alexis.hale@scottsdalecc.edu

Christina Nordstrom
Division Secretary
Phone: (480) 423-6273
christina.nordstrom@scottsdalecc.edu

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:30
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
AJS109Substantive Criminal Law3
AJS123Ethics and the Administration of Justice3
AJS212Juvenile Justice Procedures3
AJS225Criminology3
AJS230The Police Function3
AJS240The Corrections Function3
 
AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258Victimology and Crisis Management (3) or
AJS200Current Issues in Criminal Justice (3)3
 
AJS260Procedural Criminal Law3
 
CIS105Survey of Computer Information Systems (3) OR
BPC110Computer Usage and Applications (3) OR
AJS+++++ Students may choose course in the Administration of Justice Studies area not listed under Required Courses area (3)3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:9-10
AJS113Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
AJS119Computer Applications in Justice Studies3
(Fulfills NAU transfer requirement)
AJS162Domestic Violence3
(Fulfills Victimology certificate requirement)
AJS201Rules of Evidence3
(Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement)
AJS205Criminal Justice Report Writing3
(Fulfills Corrections, Law Enforcement and Legal Studies certificate requirement)
AJS210Constitutional Law3
(Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement and NAU transfer requirement)
AJS255Crime, Law, and Mental Health3
(Fulfills Corrections and Victimology certificate requirement)
AJS270Community Relations3
(Fulfills GCU transfer requirement)
AJS275Criminal Investigation I3
(Fulfills Corrections and Law Enforcement certificate requirement and GCU transfer requirement)
AJS290BNCourtroom Testimony Seminar1
(Fulfills Legal Studies certificate requirement)
CIS114DEExcel Spreadsheet3
(Fulfills NAU transfer requirement)
 
PSY101Introduction to Psychology (3) OR
SOC101Introduction to Sociology (3)3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
 
REC120Leisure and the Quality of Life3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
 
SWU171Introduction to Social Welfare3
(Fulfills ASU transfer requirement)
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:7
Recommend the following for transfer:
FOR105Forensic Science: Physical Evidence (4) OR
FOR106Forensic Science: Biological Evidence (4) OR
any course with the [SQ] general education designation (4)4
 
Recommend the following for transfer: Any course with an [HU] and [G] general education designation OR an [HU] and [H] general education designation3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 16-21
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)
Recommend COM225 for students intending to transfer
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
Higher course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-5)3-5
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 4
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by AJS123 in the Required Courses area
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 0
Met by AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258 or AJS200 in Required Courses area
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Recommend FOR105 or FOR106 in Electives area.
Competencies
  • Synthesize multiple sources of information to make timely assessments. AJS101, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, COM225, CRE101, FOR105, FOR106, [FYC], [MA], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)
  • Solve problems through logical and sound reasoning. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, COM225, CRE101, [FYC], FOR105, FOR106, [MA], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)
  • Communicate orally, visually and in writing precisely, appropriately, and effectively to varied audiences. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, COM225, CRE101, FOR105, FOR106, [FYC], [MA], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)
  • Communicate in the language common to the criminal justice system. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS162, AJS201, AJS205, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, COM225, CRE101, [FYC])
  • Collaborate with diverse agencies, community representatives and individuals to achieve common goals. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS212, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS290BN, COM225, CRE101, [FYC], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)
  • Apply the principles and processes of criminal and constitutional law, criminology theory, knowledge of the functions and components of the criminal justice system, and current issues to criminal justice operations. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS123, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS212, AJS225, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS290BN, CRE101, [FYC], [MA])
  • Utilize technology to collect, analyze and communicate data. (AJS101, AJS113, AJS162, AJS200, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, BPC110, CIS105, CIS114DE, COM225, CRE101, FOR105, FOR106, [FYC], [MA], PSY101, SOC101)
  • Practice professional standards appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS119, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, COM225, CRE101, FOR105, FOR106, [FYC], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)
  • Subscribe to and practice ethical behavior appropriate to the field of criminal justice. (AJS101, AJS109, AJS113, AJS119, AJS123, AJS162, AJS201, AJS210, AJS230, AJS240, AJS255, AJS/EMT/FSC/SWU258, AJS260, AJS270, AJS275, AJS290BN, CRE101, FOR105, FOR106, [FYC], PSY101, REC120, SOC101, SWU171)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.