Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Major: 3400
First Term: 2013 Fall   
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 60
CIP Code: 43.0104
Occupational Area: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security

Instructional Council: Administration of Justice Studies (01)
GPA: 2.00
SOC Code: 25-1111, 33-1011, 33-1012 


Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Administration of Justice degree is designed to prepare students for careers in the fields of law enforcement, probation, parole, security, and related criminal justice fields along with related technical occupations. It provides practitioners in the Administration of Justice field with the opportunity for academic growth and development in their specialized fields and prepares them to continue their education at a four-year institution. Certificates of Completion are also available.



Required Courses
AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJS109 Substantive Criminal Law 3
AJS210 Constitutional Law 3
AJS212 Juvenile Justice Procedures 3
AJS225 Criminology 3
AJS230 The Police Function 3
AJS240 The Correction Function 3
AJS260 Procedural Criminal Law 3
AJS270 Community Relations 3
AJS275 Criminal Investigation I 3
Credits: 30

Program Competencies
1. Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice process. (AJS101)
2. Describe governmental structure and its relationship to the criminal justice system. (AJS101)
3. Trace the historical development of common and statutory law. (AJS109)
4. List and describe elements necessary to prove the corpus delicti of criminal acts as found in the common law and the Arizona Revised Statutes. (AJS109)
5. Describe the major rules of evidence, including the Opinion Rule, Hearsay Rules (and its exceptions), Best Evidence Rule, the Exclusionary Rule, and the rules regarding privileged communications. (AJS109, AJS260)
6. Identify and describe the basic provisions of Amendments I, II, IV, V, VI, VIII, and XIV of the U.S. Constitution. (AJS210)
7. Trace the history and development of juvenile justice theories, procedures, and institutions. (AJS212)
8. Identify and describe the major social, political, and legal issues associated with crime in America. (AJS225)
9. Identify deviance, society`s role in defining behavior, theories of criminality, and the psychological impact of crime. (AJS225)
10. Identify principal functions of the police in American Society. (AJS230)
11. Trace the history of policing from ancient times to the modern era. (AJS230)
12. Describe the interrelationships and missions of the federal, state, and local law enforcement systems. (AJS230)
13. Trace the history and development of correctional theories and institutions. (AJS240)
14. Identify and describe various types of correctional institutions and the role that corrections performs in the criminal justice system. (AJS240)
15. Describe procedural criminal law requirements and their effect on the criminal justice system. (AJS260)
16. Describe the criminal law procedures for arrest, search, and seizure. (AJS260)
17. Identify principles of law which have evolved from "landmark" decisions pertaining to criminal justice. (AJS260)
18. Trace the development of police/community programs. (AJS270)
19. Identify and describe future trends in police/community relations. (AJS270)
20. Identify and describe the goals and objectives of criminal investigation. (AJS275)
21. Describe criminal investigation and list the appropriate steps to be undertaken during the investigation of specific crimes. (AJS275)
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: April 23, 2013

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