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2024-2025 NOVA Catalog 
2024-2025 NOVA Catalog

Criminal Justice, A.A.S (formerly Administration of Justice, A.A.S.)

Location(s): AL, AN, LO, MA, WO

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CIP Code: 43.0103

NOVA Code: 456

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. Job opportunities 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 directors (managers), loss prevention directors, classification managers, and personnel clearance administrators. 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

Total 16 credits

Total 15-16 credits

Total 18 credits

Total 15 credits

Total credits for the A.A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice: 64-65 credits

Electives should be selected with advice of a counselor or academic advisor to meet the requirements of the transfer institution.

1 Select any ADJ course.

See social/behavioral science courses listed under General Education Electives 

3 Students who wish to substitute a laboratory science for MTH 154/155 MUST meet with their ADJ academic advisor first. The science elective may be selected from physical and life science courses with a lab component, listed under General Education Electives .  

See humanities/fine arts courses listed under General Education Electives .

5  Select any HIS courses listed under social/behavioral sciences in General Education Electives 

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