Administration of Justice

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Program Chair: Katherine Young , Ph.D.

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Administration of Justice covers all aspects of the process from crime detection through criminal appeals, using case law, statutes, public administration, philosophy, psychology, and other academic fields as the basis of study. It not only covers the process, but the agencies involved in the process as well, including law enforcement, prosecution, defense, courts, and corrections.

Students may double-major, fulfilling major requirements for fields such as Psychology, Sociology, or Political Science, as well as those for Administration of Justice.

Those students entering the program with an A.A. degree from a community college accredited by a U.S. regional accreditation agency will not be required to take General Education courses and will be given elective credit for selected courses in Administration of Justice that are transferred.


The mission of the Administration of Justice major is to prepare students for entry into professions associated with the administration of justice, including, but not limited to, law enforcement, courts, corrections, probation, and parole. This multidisciplinary program is also designed to qualify those already in these professions for promotion to supervisory positions. Baccalaureate degrees are frequently required for entrance into federal agencies and are strongly recommended for promotion in state and local agencies.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. This program is designed to supplement, not duplicate, police academy or equivalent training and related training at the baccalaureate level focused in the areas of law, social services, and conceptual and/or applied interactions between law and social services.
  2. By preparing students for mid-level and higher positions in agencies associated with the administration of justice, the program seeks to expand conventional understandings related to the administration of justice from social science-based perspectives.
  3. As such, the program is multidisciplinary, with core courses designed to provide a practical and a theoretical background to the field.
  4. With a variety of electives that may be tailored to a student’s specific interests and career goals, this program fosters flexibility in order to allow students to complete a complementary double major or certificate program that will broaden their knowledge of the administration of justice at the undergraduate level.
  5. This program is intended to prepare students for future study and/or training at the graduate and/or professional level in areas related to the administration of justice.

Goals for Student Learning in the Major

All graduates who have majored in Administration of Justice should:

  1. Be able to brief appellate court cases
  2. Be familiar with leading U.S. Supreme Court cases on criminal procedure.
  3. Be proficient in writing.
  4. Have a basic understanding of professional ethics.
  5. Understand the leading theories of crime causation.
  6. Understand basic principles of public administration.
  7. Be able to develop a research design.
  8. Be familiar with all phases of the criminal process.
  9. Understand where the criminal justice process fits in the American system of government.
  10. Understand the relationship between law enforcement, prosecution, defense, the judicial system, and the corrections system.


Internships in county, state, and federal agencies may be available to majors in Administration of Justice. Students earn course credit for their internship experience while learning and participating in their intended career field.