Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Applied Science - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science


Academic Information

Available Emphasis Areas:

The courses offered in the Justice Studies program are designed to provide students with a solid theoretical foundation from which they can address current issues facing the criminal justice field. The skills focused on in the different emphasis areas (Criminal Justice Administration or Intelligence Studies) have been purposefully selected to enable students to succeed as a criminal justice practitioner and leader, enhance employment and career opportunities, and for those in the Intelligence Studies emphasis, prepare students to work in the intelligence field. 
 
Students pursuing a degree in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration will be prepared to enter a career in the criminal justice field and pursue a variety of assignments. For those currently working in the criminal justice field, an emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration will provide a pathway for moving into a leadership position or a specialty assignment.
 
Students pursuing a degree in Justice Studies with an emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be prepared to enter a career in the criminal justice field and work in the intelligence and homeland security areas. For those currently working in the criminal justice field, an emphasis in Intelligence Studies will provide a pathway for moving into intelligence-led policing, leading intelligence groups or other inteigence-related assignments within the criminal justice field. 

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Careers

What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Justice Studies?

This degree provides a criminal justice foundation and then allows for a specialization in criminal justice administration or intelligence studies. By learning from the top practitioners in the field, you will  gain first-hand knowledge of popular criminal justice areas, such as juvenile justice, the court system, criminal justice leadership, ethics, forensics, intelligence studies, corrections, terrorism and legal issues for justice administrators. 

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Police officer, police detective or police supervisor
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Corrections
  • Homeland Security
  • Intelligence-Led Policing
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Private security
  • Court personnel
  • Legal offices
  • Juvenile justice
  • Victim advocacy

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Prosecutor
  • Attorney
  • Judge
  • Public defender

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Applied Science - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science


University Requirements

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Academic Catalog - 2018-2019

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Public Administration and Justice Studies

Applied Science - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science


Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA C
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Optional
Some online/blended coursework Required
AZ Transfer Students complete AGEC-A Recommended
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Purpose Statement

The BAS in Justice Studies provides online and distance-learning students with a professional, criminal justice-focused education that prepares students to ethically work and lead in the fields of criminal justice and intelligence. This BAS degree plan is intended for students who have completed an associate’s degree (or will have completed an associate’s degree by the time they are graduating with their BAS degree) and allows those students to transfer in courses from their associate’s degree program.
 
Coursework in the BAS in Justice Studies degree is designed to allow a student to acquire an in-depth knowledge of the criminal justice system, the current ethical issues impacting the field, the ability to apply criminal justice theory to practical issues impacting the field, as well as advancing a student’s professional communication, computer, and quantitative skills.
 
To help students reach their education and career goals, all Justice Studies faculty have advanced degrees and extensive experience in the criminal justice or intelligence fields, specializing in areas, such as criminal justice investigations, police leadership, community policing, drug investigations, federal law enforcement, corrections, intelligence-led policing, military intelligence, cyber crime, and the law.
 
Students complete core courses in ethics, leadership, criminal justice, criminology, the justice system, and effective writing. They then move on to tailoring their degree to their individual interests by selecting elective courses in criminal justice administration or intelligence studies.
 
The emphasis in criminal justice administration ensures students develop an in-depth knowledge of their area of interest within the criminal justice system, such as juvenile justice, mentally ill offenders, employment law, community policing, corrections, restorative justice and crime control. This emphasis also guides students to use critical thinking to analyze theoretical concepts for the purpose of solving practical criminal justice issues; a necessary skill for success in the criminal justice field. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have the skills to ethically work and lead within the criminal justice field at the local, state or federal level.
 
The emphasis in intelligence studies ensures students develop the ability to identify, collect, process, analyze and disseminate intelligence information for investigating all forms of criminal activity, including terrorism. The specialized Intelligence Studies courses are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of contemporary topics in the intelligence field, such as intelligence-led policing, the intelligence process, the promotion of terrorist ideologies through social media, the psychology of terrorism, and counterintelligence strategies. Upon completion of this course of study, students will have the skills to transition into intelligence community professional careers at the local, state or federal level.
 
In addition to working in the criminal justice and intelligence fields, many graduates choose to build upon their critical thinking, criminal justice, intelligence, and leadership courses by pursuing advanced degrees in criminal justice, leadership, intelligence, or the law.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Effective Writing: Demonstrate the ability to identify scholarly and credible research, and use this information to present logical, written arguments in favor of or in opposition to a position.
  2. Critical Thinking: Demonstrate the ability to assess scholarly theories and credible research, and to use this assessment to analyze practical criminal justice or intelligence issues.
  3. Understanding of the Criminal Justice System: Demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice system.
  4. Understanding of Criminological Theories: Demonstrate an understanding of criminological theories.
  5.  Ethics: Explain the current ethical issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence field, and offer theory-based solutions for addressing such issues.
  6.  Leadership: Demonstrate the ability to use leadership theories to address practical situations in the criminal justice or intelligence field.
  7. Current Issues Impacting the Criminal Justice or Intelligence Field: Demonstrate an understanding of the current issues impacting the criminal justice or intelligence field.
  8. Job Opportunities in the Criminal Justice or Intelligence Field: Demonstrate an understanding of the job opportunities and necessary qualifications for employment in the criminal justice or intelligence field. 
Students pursuing an Emphasis in Justice Administration Studies will be able to:
  1. In-Depth Knowledge of a Specific Justice Field: Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of a specific field within the justice system (e.g., juvenile justice, mentally ill offenders, employment law, forensics)
 
Students pursuing an Emphasis in Intelligence Studies will be able to:
  1. Identify and Analyze Intelligence: Demonstrate an understanding of how intelligence is used to investigate criminal activity, including terrorism.

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Additional Admission Requirements
Liberal Studies Requirement
Associate Degree Transfer Block
Major Requirements
General Electives
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Applied Science - Justice Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science


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