Administration of Justice, A.A.S.

Associate of Applied Science
Campuses: Alexandria, Annandale, Manassas, NOVA Online, Woodbridge

The curriculum is designed to provide a broad foundation that will prepare students to enter any of the varied fields in criminal justice or to prepare for professional advancement. Job opportunities for students include local, state, and federal enforcement officers, police officers, private or government investigators, adult/juvenile correction officers, probation/parole officers and counselors, security directors (managers), loss prevention directors, classification managers, and personnel clearance administrators. Most of the ADJ courses in this curriculum are 'core courses' that provide a basic entry-level foundation in both criminal justice and security administration. These courses must be taken by ALL STUDENTS in this program. At several points in the curriculum, 'course options' are provided for selection by the students.

Special Curriculum Admission Requirements: Students are advised that many criminal justice and private/government security agencies require excellent moral character and a written record of conduct prior to consideration for employment.

Course Curriculum

Below is a table that shows the courses needed to satisfy this program. Please speak with an advisor to ensure you meet your program requirements.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
1ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration I 3
Choose One
ADJ Elective 3
BUS 100 Introduction to Business
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2PED 116 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Choose One
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1
SDV 101 Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
Total 17
2nd Semester
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
Choose One
4ADJ Elective 3
ADJ 159 Physical Security
5MTH 154 Quantitative Reasoning 3
2PED/RPK Elective 1
3 Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Total 16
3rd Semester
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedures I 3
ADJ 216 Organized Crime and Corruption 3
Choose One
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
ADJ 234 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3
6 Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ITE 115 Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
Total 18
4th Semester
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence, and Procedures II 3
Choose One
ADJ 237 Advanced Criminal Investigation 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs
ADJ 248 Probation, Parole, and Treatment
5ADJ Elective 3
Choose One
PLS 135 American National Politics 3
HIS 121 United States History I
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 66
Two Years Credits
1st Semester
Survey of Criminal Justice
ADJ
100
3
Law Enforcement Organization and Administration I
1ADJ
111
3
Choose One
Elective
ADJ
3
BUS
100
ENG
111
3
Lifetime Fitness and Wellness
2PED
116
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Choose One
SDV
100
1
Orientation to (a Specific Discipline)
SDV
101
Total 17
2nd Semester
ADJ
105
3
ADJ
107
3
Choose One
Elective
4ADJ
3
ADJ
159
5MTH
154
3
Elective
2PED/RPK
1
Social/Behavioral Science Elective
3
3
Total 16
3rd Semester
ADJ
211
3
ADJ
216
3
Choose One
ADJ
236
3
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
ADJ
234
CST
110
3
6
3
ITE
115
3
Total 18
4th Semester
ADJ
133
3
ADJ
212
3
Choose One
ADJ
237
3
ADJ
228
ADJ
248
Elective
5ADJ
3
Choose One
PLS
135
3
United States History I
HIS
121
Total 15
Total credits for the Associate of Applied Science = 66

1 May substitute ADJ 140 or ADJ 150.

2 The PED requirements may be met by one of the following options: PED 116, 2 cr.; PED 116, 1 cr., plus a PED activities course, 1 cr.; or PED 116, 1 cr., plus RPK activities course. PED 116 is offered as both a 1-credit and a 2-credit course.

3 See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives. PSY 200 or SOC 200 are recommended.

4 Students interested in a career in the field of corrections should take corrections courses as ADJ electives.

5 Students who wish to substitute a laboratory science for MTH 154 MUST meet with their ADJ academic advisor first. The science elective may be selected from physical and life science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence.

6 See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.