Administration of Justice Associate Degree

An Administration of Justice Associate degree can give you the training and background you’ll need to prepare you for a rewarding career in the justice field. With over 40 start dates, you can start as soon as next week!

Degree Stats

Associate in Applied Science (62-68 credit hours)

Cost per credit hour: $250

Career Choices

To protect and serve your community can be a very rewarding career path. Our Administration of Justice Associate degree program is designed to give you the background and expertise needed to enter a variety of careers in the criminal justice field, including:

  • Police officer
  • Police assistant
  • Detective
  • Detention/Correctional officer
  • Bailiff/Judicial assistant
  • Legal assistant
  • Private investigator
  • Dispatcher
  • Private security personnel
  • Victim advocate
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Support staff

CLASSES YOU’LL TAKE

You have to know the law before you can lay down the law. That’s why our program is designed to take you through a wide-ranging group of subjects: Criminology, constitutional rights, the structure of our court system, the history of U.S. law enforcement, how juvenile and adult law procedures differ, procedural law, criminal code offenses, and more.

  • What Will I Learn?
    • 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)
  • Full-Time Schedule

    On a full-time schedule, it will only take five semesters for you to earn your Associates degree.

    SEMESTER 1 (12 CREDITS)

    AJS101 (3)(fulfills SB): Introduction to Criminal Justice

    AJS123 (3)(fulfills HUM): Ethics and the Administration of Justice

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems


    SEMESTER 2 (15 CREDITS)

    AJS109 (3): Substantive Criminal Law

    AJS230 (3): The Police Function

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition

    COM110 (3): Interpersonal Communication


    SEMESTER 3 (13 CREDITS)

    AJS240 (3): The Correction Function

    AJS225 (3)(fulfills SB): Criminology

    AJS258 (3)(fulfills SB): Victimology

    BIO100 (4): Biology Concepts


    SEMESTER 4 (12 CREDITS)

    AJS212 (3): Juvenile Justice

    AJS260 (3): Procedural Criminal Law

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    AJS113 (3): Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices


    SEMESTER 5 (12 CREDITS)

    AJS205 (3): Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice 

    AJS255 (3): Crime, Law, and Mental Health

    AJS275 (3)(Restricted Elective): Criminal Investigation I

    AJS162 (3)(Restricted Elective): Domestic Violence

  • Part-Time Schedule

    Rio's part-time schedule breaks the Administration of Justice curriculum down into ten semesters.

    SEMESTER 1 (6 CREDITS)

    AJS101 (3): Introduction to Criminal Justice

    ENG101 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 2 (9 CREDITS)

    MAT142 (3): College Mathematics

    AJS123 (3(fulfills HUM)): Ethics and the Administration of Justice

    AJS113 (3): Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices


    SEMESTER 3 (9 CREDITS)

    AJS109 (3): Substantive Criminal Law

    CRE101 (3): College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking

    ENG102 (3): First-Year Composition


    SEMESTER 4 (6 CREDITS)

    CIS105 (3): Survey of Computer Information Systems

    AJS230 (3): The Police Function


    SEMESTER 5 (6 CREDITS)

    AJS240 (3): The Correction Function

    COM110 (3): Interpersonal Communication


    SEMESTER 6 (6 CREDITS)

    AJS225 (SB)(3): Criminology

    BIO100 (3): Biology Concepts


    SEMESTER 7 (6 CREDITS)

    AJS258 (Fulfills SB)(3): Victimology

    AJS205 (Restricted Elective)(3):  Effective Communication and Report Writing in Criminal Justice


    SEMESTER 8 (6 CREDITS)

    AJS212 (3): Juvenile Justice Procedures

    AJS113 (Restricted Elective) (3): Criminal Justice Crime Control Policies and Practices


    SEMESTER 9 (6 Credits)

    AJS260 (3): Procedural Criminal Law

    AJS255 (3): Crime, Law, and Mental Health


    SEMESTER 10 (6 credits)

    AJS275 (3): Criminal Investigation I

    AJS162 (Restrictive Elective)(3): Domestic Violence

  • Flexible Block Calendar Scheduling

    Rio offers flexible start dates and class times, so you can create a schedule that works for you. Plan out your degree and certificate classes by checking out our Block Calendar System.

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