Administration of Justice

Programs of Study in Administration of Justice

The administration of justice major is an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with an education in the liberal arts and sciences, with the ultimate goal of preparing students to be full participants in a democratic society and the world at large. The administration of justice major is also designed to prepare students for lifelong learning, professional careers in the public and private sectors of the field of administration of justice (civil justice system, criminal justice system, law enforcement, prisons, probation, parole, counseling, police analysis, law and courts), and graduate study by fostering development of the ideas, insights, values, competencies, and behavior of liberally educated persons in the heritage of Thomas Jefferson. The content of the major focuses on social forces that contribute to social order, social conflict and social change. Issues involving race, gender, ethics and multiculturalism are emphasized throughout the major.

The major consists of 42 credit hours, including courses in administration of justice (juvenile delinquency, etc.), political science (public administration, etc.), sociology (race and ethnicity, etc.), and psychology (abnormal psychology, etc.). A related area of study in the disciplines of political science, sociology, or psychology is strongly recommended for those students who want to emphasize a particular area of the justice system.

The major in administration of justice consists of a total of 42 credits, including 24 credits of required core courses and 18 credits of elective courses.

Bachelor of Science in Social Science
Administration of Justice Major
Required Core Curriculum Credit Hours
AJU 1100 – Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
AJU 3015* – Integrated Statistics and Methodology for the Social Sciences 3
AJU 3500 – Criminology 3
AJU 4990 – Senior Seminar in Administration of Justice 3
CSC 1100 – Computer Literacy 3
PSY 3060 – Cultural Diversity 3
PSY 4010 – Abnormal Psychology OR
PSY 4020 – Personality
 SOC 3600 – Sociology of Race and Ethnicity 3
18 Hours of Upper Division AJU Courses 18

*Students who plan to attend graduate school are encouraged to take the two-course sequence AJU 3025 and AJU 3030 in place of AJU 3015. With the two-course sequence, AJU 3030 will count as an upper level elective. Before making a decision students should consult with an advisor in the Department of Social Sciences.

Minor in Administration of Justice

A minor in Administration of Justice consists of AJU 1100 and AJU 3500 plus 12 hours of upper division courses in Administration of Justice for a total of 18 hours.