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.


  • 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
HIS 407 American Constitutional Development I 3
PLS 408 American Constitutional Development II 3
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

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