Mississippi College

The Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice (AJU) is offered by the Department of History and Political Science to prepare individuals for professional positions in law enforcement and related criminal justice areas. In addition to general curriculum requirements, courses are offered which develop the skills essential to criminal justice practitioners, who are currently engaged in law enforcement work.

Mississippi College will give special transfer credit consideration to all students who have completed an administration of justice/law enforcement curriculum at an accredited junior college. A maximum of 18 semester hours of junior or senior college equivalent courses with grades of C or better in each may count toward the major in Administration of Justice. Additional transfer courses may be counted as general electives.

The six areas of emphasis in the program are

  • Police Process
  • Corrections Process
  • Judicial Process
  • Criminology
  • Homeland Security
  • Loss Prevention/Security Management

Appropriate minors are: Political Science, Sociology, Business Administration, Psychology, History, Communication, and others chosen in consultation with the program director. It is possible for a student to complete requirements for another major in a related field.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

  • To show that the criminal justice system and the problems of crime and delinquency are part of a larger sociocultural pattern rather than an isolated system.
  • To show that the major components of the criminal justice system (police, prosecutors, courts and corrections) are all related elements of a democratic system in which decisions regarding crime and justice in any one area have consequences in the other three areas.
  • To prepare men and women to become "change-capable" practitioners in any component of the criminal justice system by emphasizing the development of competence in relating the social, economic, and political ramifications of change to the administrative policies and practices of criminal justice agencies.
Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   46
Administration of Justice Core   18
AJU 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
     
PLS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
or    
HIS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
     
PLS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
or    
HIS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
Choose three of the following:    
AJU 300 Police Process 3
AJU 310 Judicial Process 3
AJU 320 Corrections Process 3
SOC 332 Law, Crime, and Social Control 3
AJU 332 Law, Crime, and Social Control 3
Administrationo of Justice Electives   12
Related Electives   6
PLS 201 American National Government 3
PLS 202 State & Local Government 3
PSY 302 Adolescent Psychology 3
PSY 423 Abnomral Psychology 3
PSY 443 Psychology of Personality 3
COM 301 Nonverbal Communication 3
COM 304 Public Speaking 3
MGT 371 Principles of Management & Organizational Behavior 3
MGT 474 Human Resource Management 3
GBU 321 Business Communications 3
CSC 114 Introduction to Computer Science 3
CSC 116 Intro to Programming & Problem Solving 3
ACC 201 Elementary Accounting 3
SOC 205 Sociology: An Introduction in Global Context 3
SOC 209 Contemporary Social Problems 3
SOC 309 The Family 3
SOC 312 Social Science Research Methods 3
SOC 420 Social Stratification: National & International Perspectives 3
Minor Requirements   18
General Electives   --
Total Hours   130
Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   46
Administration of Justice Core   18
AJU 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
     
PLS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
or    
HIS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
     
PLS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
or    
HIS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
Choose three of the following:    
AJU 300 Police Process 3
AJU 310 Judicial Process 3
AJU 320 Corrections Process 3
SOC 332 Law, Crime, and Social Control 3
AJU 332 Law, Crime, and Social Control 3
Administration of Justice Electives   15
Choose 5 of the following:    
AJU 432 Special Issues 3
AJU 443 Introduction to Physical Security 3
AJU 444 Legal Aspects of Homeland Security 3
AJU 445 Domestic Terrorism 3
AJU 446 International Terrorism 3
AJU 447 Cyber Terrorism 3
AJU 448 Grant Writing for Homeland Security 3
Related Electives   6
PSY 423 Abnormal Psychology 3
COM 203 Professional Communication Skills 3
COM 301 Nonverbal Communication 3
COM 443 Public Relations 3
Minor Requirements   18
General Electives   --
Total Hours   130

The Three-Three program offers qualified incoming freshmen the opportunity to complete their undergraduate and law degrees in six years rather than seven. Students choosing this option may earn an undergraduate degree in any of the academic programs noted immediately above. To be admitted to and remain in this program, students must score 26 or higher on their ACT and maintain a minimum 3.25 GPA. Acceptance into the 3/3 Program does not guarantee acceptance to Mississippi College School of Law.

Requirement Class Name Hours
University Core   46
Major Requirements   45
AJU 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
HIS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
HIS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
AJU 300 Police Process 3
AJU 310 Judicial Process 3
     
AJU 320 Corrections Process 3
or    
AJU 332 Law, Crime & Social Control 3
     
AJU 325 Legal Research & Bibliography 3
PHI 211 Introduction to Logic 3
PLE 201 Introduction to Law 3
PLE 300 Civil Litigation I 3
PLE 301 Civil Litigation II 3
PLE 335 Legal Writing 3
PLE 350 Critical Thinking & the Law 3
PLE 400 Law Office Management 3
PLS 201 American National Government 3
Law School Coursework   30
Total Hours   130

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