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nova 2011-2012 college catalog: Programs of Study

ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE  
Associate of Applied Science Degree AN, MA, WO, ELI


Purpose:  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. The occupational objectives 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 director (manager), loss prevention director, classification manager, and personnel clearance administrator. 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.

Two Years Credits
1st Semester
3__    Social Science Elective 3
ADJ ADJ    Elective or BUS 100 Introduction to Business 3
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
1ADJ 111 Law Enforcement Organization and Administration I 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2PED 116 Lifetime Fitness & Wellness 1
4SDV SDV    Elective 1
Total   17
2nd Semester
3    Social Science Elective 3
5ADJ ADJ    Elective or ADJ 159 Physical Security 3
ADJ 105 The Juvenile Justice System 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
6MTH 151 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts I 3
2PED/RPK PED/RPK    Elective 1
Total   16
3rd Semester
7    Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3
ADJ 216 Organized Crime & Corruption 3
CST 110 Intro to Communication 3
ITE 115 Intro to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
ADJ 236 Prin. of Criminal Investigation or 3
  ADJ  234  Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism  
Total   18
4th Semester
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional 3
ADJ 237 Adv. Criminal Investigation or 3
  ADJ  228  Narcotics & Dangerous Drugs or  
  ADJ  248  Probation/Parole/Treatment  
5ADJ ADJ    Elective or 3
  ADJ  255  Security Management or  
  ADJ  256  Information Security  
PLS 135 American National Politics or 3
  HIS  121  U.S. History I  
Total   15
Total credits for the Administration of Justice A.A.S.=66

Although not required as part of this program, students planning to transfer to George Mason University (GMU) may wish to complete eight hours of a laboratory science while attending NOVA. Check the current GMU Catalog or contact a GMU faculty advisor if you have questions.

1 ADJ 140 Introduction to Corrections or ADJ 150 Introduction to Security Administration may be substituted.

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 The social science elective may be selected from the social/behavioral sciences courses listed under General Education Electives. PSY 201-202 or Sociology 201-202 is recommended.

4 Students may substitute the SDV 101 Orientation section related to this program.

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

6 May substitute a higher-level math. Students who wish to substitute a laboratory science for MTH 151 MUST meet with their ADJ Faculty Advisor first. The science elective may be selected from Physical and Life Sciences courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives. Some four-year colleges require a two-semester sequence..

7 Humanities/fine arts elective may be selected from the humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives.