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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Administration of Justice, Associate in Arts

Effective: Spring, 2017

The Administration of Justice curriculum is designed to meet the needs of current and prospective students interested in transferring  to a four-year institution for the purpose of receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Administration of Justice/Criminal Justice and that students will have a smooth transition from the College to the four-year institution of their choice. Additionally, the program is also designed for students who want to receive an Associates Degree.  A student in the AADJ program will learn several important aspects of the criminal justice system to include: the role and functions of the various components of the criminal justice system, various theories of criminological behaviors, ethical standards for criminal justice professionals, jusvenile justice issues, and criminal law and proceedure. 

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Differentiate between the three main segments of the Criminal Justice System.
  • Compare and contrast the main theories of criminological behavior.
  • Identify the impact of Juvenile Justice issues on Law Enforcement, Courts, and Corrections.
  • Compare and contrast the major ethical issues confronting criminal justice professionals with an emphasis on encouraging students to explore their own ethical and moral systems.
  • Illustrate the role of technology in the Criminal Justice System.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking on global issues affecting the criminal justice system.
  • Examine the importance of constitutional and statutory rights.

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Third Semester (15 credits)

ADJ 225 - Ethics in Criminal Justice3
ADJ 240 - Criminology3
ADJ Elective - (3 credits)
Social Science Elective - (3 credits)
Humanities Elective - (3 credits)

Fourth Semester (16 credits)

ADJ 202 - Terrorism3
ADJ 250 - Policing in America3
ADJ 260 - Corrections-Probation-Parole3
ADJ 261 - The Youthful Offender3
Please pick one of the following courses highlighted in blue:
BIO 100 - Biological Sciences4
BIO 110 - General Biology I4
BIO 150 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
CHE 101 - Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I4
PHY 110 - College Physics I4

ADJ Electives: 
ADJ 203 - Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
ADJ 262 - US Courts
ADJ 280 - Organized Crime

Social Science Elective:
HIS 110 or higher
POL 120 - American National Government
PSY 140 - General Psychology

Also note that graduates of the Municipal Police Training Academy will receive twelve (12) credits for successful completion of MPT and the credit will be for the following courses: ADJ 101, ADJ 120, ADJ 241, and ADJ 250.




Total Credits: 61-62