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Administration of Justice

Associate of Applied Science Program of Studyadministration of justice

Public Service Technology
Major: Administration of Justice

Program Code: 400-01

Length: Two-year Program – Five semesters

Program: The Administration of Justice curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for careers and positions of leadership in the field of criminal justice. Supported by a broad general education component, the curriculum is structured toward the development of professional proficiency in the career fields of law enforcement, corrections, security, and wildlife management and enforcement. This curriculum is applicable to both the preparatory student and the experienced officer. Articulation agreements and transfer information are available for those students who intend to continue their education beyond the community college level and into four-year colleges or universities.

Occupational Objectives:
Local, State and Federal Enforcement Officer, Local, State and Federal Corrections Officer, State Wildlife Enforcement Officer, Commercial and Industrial Security Officer, Local, State, and Federal Criminal Justice Administrators, Private Investigator

Admission Requirements:

Special Note to prospective Students: The Department of Criminal Justice Services has the authority to deny certification to any applicant who does not meet the provisions of sections 15.2-1705 and 15.2-1706 of the Code of Virginia. Criminal Justice organizations to include law enforcement, corrections, and the State Bar Association are prohibited from hiring persons who have been convicted of certain criminal acts. Any person wishing to enter the Administration of Justice program who has committed any legal offenses including minor traffic violations should discuss these matters with the Administration of Justice Program Director prior to application. This is especially pertinent for anyone with a drug use history.

Criminal Background Check/Drug Screening: Background checks for criminal history of barrier crimes (i.e. any felony, misdemeanors which restrict the ability to carry a firearm, multiple misdemeanors, drug convictions), driving history for excessive moving violations (i.e. reckless driving and DUI/DWI could be immediate disqualifiers for employment), and drug testing are required for employment with law enforcement and correctional agencies. Students with convictions and/or positive drug tests will not be eligible to sit for the state board examination which is required as a part of training academy graduation. The cost of criminal background check, driving history, and drug testing will be the responsibility of the student.

Physical Demands: As a part of the duties incumbent on law enforcement, correctional and private security officers are potentially strenuous. Physical altercations with suspects are a possibility each and every day. Students interested in this program should prepare themselves for duties that frequently require squatting, bending, kneeling, reaching, and stair climbing; lifting and carrying while wearing up to 25 pounds of equipment; frequent pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds without assistance; occasional lifting up to 200 pounds with assistance and occasional carrying up to 150 pounds. Duties also require constant use of acute sense of sight, hearing, touch, and speech. The nature of working in the criminal justice system particularly law enforcement and corrections could involve exposure to blood and body fluids using universal precautions.

Selection Process: To be eligible for selection to the program, interested persons should complete the following process by at least 2 weeks prior to the first day of classes:

1. Submit a college admission application
2. Submit an application to the program (separate document) with required form from Certified Background Incorporated which includes permissions and fee for the following:

  1. Criminal History
  2. Driving History
  3. Urine Drug Screen

3. Take the Virginia Placement Test (or submit SAT or ACT scores less than 2 years old).

4. Have transcripts of previous college courses or diplomas from high school criminal justice programs sent to the Southwest Virginia Community College Admissions department.

5. Schedule an interview with the Program Director.


At this time the students for the ensuing academic year will be selected. Selection will be based on the college application, Administration of Justice Department application, interview, and college placement reading scores.

Academic Requirements: Students must make a “C” or better in all program core courses. Any student receiving a grade less than “C” will be placed on programmatic academic probation. That course shall be remediated once, with a written contract drafted containing the requirements of the remediation. Remediated courses must be completed with a final grade of “C” or better. Dismissal from the program may result if the student does not meet the requirements of the contract.

Program Goals: At the completion of the program the graduate will be able to demonstrate:
– The ability to comprehend and apply the information relative to their role as an entry-level officer;
– Proficiency in entry level skill sets necessary to fulfill the role of an entry-level officer;
– Personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level officer.

Course NumberCourse TitleLecture HoursLab HoursCourse Credits
First Semester
ENG 111College Composition I303
PSY 200 OR PSY 231General Psychology OR Life Span Human Development Psychology303
ADJ 100Survey of Criminal Justice303
ADJ 133Criminal Justice Ethics303
ADJ 195 OR PED 116*Topics in Law Fit OR Lifetime Wellness and Fitness202
SDV 101 or SDV 100Orientation to Administration of Justice OR College Success Skills101
TOTAL15015
Second Semester
ENG 112College Composition II303
ADJ 131Legal Evidence303
CST 100Principles of Public Speaking303
ADJ 105Juvenile Justice303
TOTAL12012
Third Semester
PLS/HISPolitical Science or History Elective303
ADJ 168 OR ITE 115Computer Applications in Administration of Justice OR Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts303
ADJ 138 OR ADJ 293Defensive Tactics for Police OR Topics in Use of Force202
ENG 242Survey of American Literature II303
HLT 100 OR PED*First Aid/CPR OR Elective2202
TOTAL13013
Fourth Semester
ADJ 211Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I303
ADJ 171Forensic Science I & Lab434
ADJ 228Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs303
MTH 151 OR MTH 240Math for Liberal Arts OR Probability and Statistics303
TOTAL13313
Fifth Semester
ADJ 172Forensic Science II & Lab434
ADJ 201Criminology I303
ADJ 290/298*Coordinated Internship OR Capstone Project in ADJ303
SOC 200Principles of Sociology303
TOTAL13313

Total Minimum Credits for the Administration of Justice Major 66

• All transfer students should consult the transfer guide for the senior college or university they wish to attend prior to completing the Political Science/History, Mathematics as well as the ITE requirement. Students wishing to enter the field immediately after graduation are highly encouraged to take ADJ 168 as this content is a requirement to perform law enforcement or correctional work.
• Students wishing to transfer to senior colleges or universities should consult the ADJ Program Director for articulation agreements and further requirements particularly in the general core classes.
• Students wishing to take the ADJ-290 Coordinated Internship in lieu of the ADJ-298 Seminar and Project must have at least a 3.0 Cumulative GPA as well as approval from the Program Director.
*Students completing the Administration of Justice degree online may opt for the PED elective. Those in residence must complete HLT-100.
*Students completing the Administration of Justice degree online may opt for PED-116 Lifetime Wellness and Fitness. Those in residence must complete ADJ-195 Topics in Law Fit.
• Students completing the Administration of Justice degree online must complete ADJ-293 Studies in Police Use of Force in lieu of ADJ-138 Defensive Tactics.

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