2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog 
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2023-2024 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

Administration of Justice - AAS

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The Administration of Justice degree program is an interdisciplinary program of study which prepares students for a broad range of employment opportunities including law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole officer, and social services in the courts or community agencies.

In addition to preparing students for entry-level employment, this degree program is appropriate for individuals already employed in the justice field who are seeking skill upgrade and promotional opportunities, and individuals preparing to transfer to a four-year college/university with a major in Justice Studies.

Arizona State University, Arizona State University-West, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona all offer baccalaureate degree programs in Justice Studies/Administration of Justice.

Credit Hours Required: 61

Note: This program can be completed entirely online. Not all general education options or program electives are offered online, however there will be a variety of online classes from which to choose in order to meet the requirements.

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AAS General Education Requirements (19 credits)


Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Administration of Justice Degree program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Explain the historical development of American criminal law from its English common law roots to the present.
  2. Analyze criminal conduct in the context of historical, social, political and legal developments.
  3. Identify the organization and jurisdiction of local state and federal law enforcement, courts and correctional systems.
  4. Describe the relationships between the three components of the criminal justice system.
  5. Summarize the philosophy of legal sanctions and corrections and the historical development of theories of punishment and rehabilitation.
  6. Analyze the intersection of law, morality and ethics in our modern society.
  7. Summarize the modern scientific tools used in criminal investigation.
  8. Analyze current issues and trends in crime rates, criminal behavior, and social trends as they impact the criminal justice process.
  9. Identify and analyze specific problems which relate to police-community relations and seek possible solutions.
  10. Identify and summarize the various theories of the causes of criminal behavior.
  11. Analyze the role of the US Supreme Court in defining the Constitutional protections and procedural due process safeguards in the criminal justice system.
  12. Describe the economic and psychological impact of crime on society.
  13. Define investigation and describe the goals of criminal investigation.
  14. Identify the key provisions of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution that pertain to civil liberties and civil rights, and explain various competing theories of constitutional interpretation and judicial review.