AAS Administration of Justice – Police Science (400-02)

Program: Administration of Justice
Award: Associate of Applied Science
Length: 65 credit hours.
The program is designed for both full-time and part-time students.
Lead Faculty: Joseph DeStefano
Specialization: Police Science
Plan Code: 400-02

Purpose: The curriculum in the Corrections Science and Police Science specializations has been developed and maintained in cooperation with state and local correctional and police officials. The Administration of Justice curriculum with its specializations was designed to provide a broad foundation which will prepare the student to enter any of the varied fields of corrections and/or law enforcement, or to advance professionally within them.

Occupational Objectives: Students receiving an associate degree in Administration of Justice will have a wide variety of occupational choices, some of which are listed below: Local Correctional Officer State Correctional Officer Federal Correctional Officer State Probation and Parole Officer Federal Probation and Parole Officer City or Town Police Officer Deputy Sheriff State Police Position with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Commercial and Industrial Security Officer Additional professional training will be required for some of the above careers.

Program Student Learning Outcomes: In addition to the VCCS general education outcomes and core competencies, students will be able to:

  • Collect, analyze, and interpret mathematical formulas, models, tables and schematics.
  • Use quantitative information and/or mathematical analysis to obtain sound results and recognize questionable assumptions.
  • Communicate about science using appropriate oral and written means.

In addition to the Administration of Justice student learning outcomes, students completing various specializations will be able to formulate supervisory skills through their experiences.

Admission Requirements: General Admission to the college is required. In addition, entry into this curriculum requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. Students who do not have an appropriate background in high school English and mathematics may need to complete developmental courses.

Students who have successfully completed the Virginia State Police Academy or a Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services approved Training academy for law enforcement or corrections officers may be granted credit upon acceptance into the program.

Special Conditions: Students should be aware that most criminal justice agencies require excellent moral character and students with certain misdemeanor or felony convictions may have limited opportunities in the criminal justice field.

Program Requirements: Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Corrections or Law Enforcement with the remaining courses in related subjects. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in Corrections or Law Enforcement.

Administration of Justice – Police Science (400-02)
Sample Schedule
First Term
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
ENG 111/101 English Composition I or Practical Writing I 3
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
SDV 108 College Survival Skills 2
Total Semester Credits 14
Second Term
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3
ADJ 234 Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism 3
HLT/PED Elective Health/Physical Education 1
Social Science Elective ECO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC 3
Elective General Elective 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Third Term
ADJ Elective2 3
ADJ Elective2 3
ADJ 298 Seminar and Project in Admin. of Justice 4
Total Semester Credits 10
Fourth Term
ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization & Admin. I 3
ADJ 231 Community Policing 3
HLT/PED Elective Health/Physical Education 1
Elective MTH 115, 121, 151, 163, or 240 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total Semester Credits 13
Fifth Term
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3
Humanities ___ Humanities elective 3
Elective General Elective1 3
Elective General Elective1 3
Elective General Elective1 3
Total Semester Credits 15
Total Credits 65
1. The Police Science Degree has been designed to accommodate transfer to Norfolk State University or Old Dominion University. It is the responsibility of the student and the student’s academic advisor to coordinate elective course work that best meets the transfer requirements to a particular 4-year college or university. While not all students desire transfer to a 4-year college or university, it is sound academic planning that can allow for transfer.