Academic Catalog

Administration of Justice, Associate in Arts (AADJ)

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, juvenile justice issues and criminal law and procedure.

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.

The College Transfer Office is set up to help Delaware County Community College students transfer to four-year colleges and universities. If you are planning to transfer, you are strongly encouraged to meet with a transfer advisor within your first two semesters (or before you reach 30 transferable college credits from all institutions attended).

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
ENG 100 English Composition I 3
ADJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
COMM 111 Public Speaking 3
SOC 110
Introduction to Sociology
or Social Problems
Select one of the following: 3-4
Modern College Mathematics
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
College Algebra
Calculus I
Calculus II
Second Semester
ENG 112 English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
ADJ 241 Criminal Law, Procedure, and Adjudication 3
CS 100 Introduction to Information Technology 3
ADJ 120 Principles of Investigation 3
Social Science Elective 3
Third Semester
ADJ 225 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 240 Criminology 3
ADJ Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Humanities Elective 3
Fourth Semester
ADJ 202 Terrorism 3
ADJ 250 Policing in America 3
ADJ 260 Corrections-Probation-Parole 3
ADJ 261 The Youthful Offender 3
Select one of the following 4
Biological Sciences
General Biology I
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
Introduction to General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
College Physics I
 Total Hours61-62


ADJ Electives
ADJ 203Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice3
ADJ 280Organized Crime3
Social Science Elective
HIS 110American History I (or higher)3
POL 120American National Government3
PSY 140General Psychology3
Municipal Police Training Academy

Also note that graduates of the Academy will receive twelve (12) credits for successful completion of MPT and the credit will be for the following courses:

ADJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice3
ADJ 120Principles of Investigation3
ADJ 241Criminal Law, Procedure, and Adjudication3
ADJ 250Policing in America3

Humanities Elective - Transfer Program

This list does not indicate College Academic Learning Goal designation.  Refer to your program curriculum for more information.

For college transfer curricula1:

Courses listed under subjects:
ART 100Art and Child Development (or above)3
COMM 100Interpersonal Communication (or above)3
ENG 112English Composition II: Writing About Literature (or above)3
HUM 100Introduction to Visual Arts (or above)3
MUS 101Fundamentals of Music (or above)3
PHI 100Introduction to Philosophy (or above)3
Foreign Languages:
FRE 101Elementary French I (or above)3
GER 101 (or above)3
ITA 101 (or above)3
SPA 101Elementary Spanish I (or above)3

The elective courses listed for transfer curricula are generally transferable to most institutions. However, depending on the program at the transfer institution, the courses may only be accepted as free electives. Be sure to meet with a transfer advisor when planning to transfer.


This program is offered 90% online, with only 2-3 courses that need to be completed in the classroom.

A hybrid course is defined as approximately 50% in class and 50% online.

The following courses in the Administration of Justice curriculum may not be available online:

Classroom Only
COMM 111Public Speaking3
MAT 160Calculus I4
BIO 110General Biology I4
CHE 101Introduction to General Chemistry4
CHE 110General Chemistry I4
PHY 110College Physics I4

Some online courses have field requirements or in person/proctored testing.  Online courses with these requirements have additional information posted under the COURSE DESCRIPTION section when you are registering.  Please make a note of it during registration.

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