Administration Of Justice (BS)

Program Overview

The Department of Administration of Justice offers courses in Administration of Justice (AJ) and Military Science (MSCI) and an undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Administration of Justice. A minor in Administration of Justice is offered for students pursuing undergraduate degrees or majors in other departments where they are required to declare a minor.

The Department of Administration of Justice also offers the minor in Military Science. Interested students may obtain information from the department office located on the fourth floor of the Public Affairs Building. The Department of Administration of Justice initiated a M.S. degree in Administration of Justice in Fall 2007 and a Ph.D. in Administration of Justice in Fall 2008.

The mission of the Department of Administration of Justice is to educate students for careers and community service within a diverse urban environment through the development of specialized knowledge and skills needed for effective public service. The Department strives to prepare students not only with facts and concepts, but also, more importantly, to think critically and ethically in applying knowledge to related problems and challenging situations. The curriculum presents subjects designed to develop competence for employment and for leadership roles for students planning careers in the judiciary, law enforcement, parole and probation, corrections, institutional services, security administration, homeland security, and other related career areas.

For further information, please contact:
Gautam Nayer, Interim Chair of Political Science and Associate Professor
713-313-4809


 Admission Criteria

Students wishing to pursue the undergraduate degree offered through the Department must first gain admission to the University. They must satisfy ASSET requirements, eradicate identified deficiencies, and declare Administration of Justice as their major. To declare a major in Administration of Justice, students must have an earned overall GPA of 2.00 or better and have completed the following four courses with grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-” are unacceptable): POLS 231 (American Political Systems I), POLS 232 (American Political Systems II), ENG 131 (Freshman English I), and ENG 132 (Freshman English II). Once admitted to the Department, students are each assigned an Academic Advisor who must approve all class schedules. They must also keep the Department Office informed of current addresses and telephone numbers prior to graduation.

Students must also retain a minimum overall GPA of 2.00 and fulfill all prerequisites for required courses prior to scheduling them to remain in good standing in the Department. Students failing to meet prerequisites for courses will be withdrawn, administratively, from them. Students are also cautioned that transfer credits will be accepted for either elective or required courses only if grades of “C” or better have been earned (grades of “C-” are unacceptable) at an accredited educational institution.

Students wishing to pursue the B.S. in Administration of Justice are cautioned that a prior criminal conviction may be used to deny access or placement in various jobs in the criminal justice system, especially those related to the judiciary, law enforcement, detention, and corrections, even when the degree has been earned. Requirements for the B.S. in Administration of Justice are specified, in detail, below. As first-time degree seekers, students are required to declare a minor in a second academic discipline either through the Department or through another department for graduation. Grades of “C” or better (grades of “C-” are unacceptable) must be earned in all major and minor courses required for graduation. Additionally, in selecting minors, students should seek detailed advisement from their designated advisors because the selection of a minor having representative courses in the core curriculum for the degree of choice could impact the total number of credits required.

In no case will students qualify for graduation at the undergraduate level with fewer than 120 semester credit hours satisfactorily completed. At the beginning of the senior year, majors should have their overall transcripts and records evaluated by their Academic Advisor to verify their status with regard to graduation. An exit examination is required of all graduating seniors.

For a minor in Administration of Justice, twenty-one (21) semester credit hours are required. The following courses (3 semester credit hours each) must be taken: AJ 105, AJ 211, AJ 220, and AJ 240. In addition, nine (9) 300-level or 400- level semester credits must be earned as electives along with the four courses identified. For a minor in Military Science, twenty-one (21) semester credit hours are required. To qualify for this minor, twelve (12) credit hours must be taken in 300-to-400-level courses. Nine (9) credit hours must be completed in residency, and six (6) of the nine (9) must be in 300-to-400-level courses. Students may receive credit for 100-200-level courses based upon prior military training, completion of ROTC Basic Camp, completion of JROTC training, or completion of one year at a service academy


 

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Curriculum Summary

Core Courses (42)

  • ENG 131 Freshman English I (3)
  • ENG 132 Freshman English II (3)
  • ENG 200 Level (3)
  • Choose ONE:  SC 135 or SC 136 (3)
  • Choose ONE: BIOL 143 (3) or CHEM 131 (3)
  • Choose ONE: MATH 132 (3) OR MATH 133 (3)
  • Choose ONE: GEOL 141 (3) OR BIOL 135 (3) OR CHEM 132 (3) OR PHYS 101 (3) OR PHYS 237 (3) OR PHYS 238 (3) OR PHYS 251 (3)
  • Choose ONE: ART 135 (3) OR ART 137 (3) OR MUSI 131 (3) OR MUSI 136 (3) OR MUSI 239 (3) OR THEA 130 (3)
  • Choose ONE: PSY 131 (3) OR SOC 157 (3) OR SOC 157 (3) OR SOC 158 (3) SOC 221 (3) OR SOC 238 (3) OR GEOG 132 (3)
  • POLS 235 American Government (3)
  • POLS 236 Texas Government (3)
  • HIST 231 Soc & Pol Hist US to 1877 (3)
  • HIST 232 Soc & Pol Hist US since 1877 (3)
  • HIST 281 Intro to African American History (3)

Major Required Course (33)

  • AJ 100 Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • AJ 105 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 211 Introduction to Court Systems (3)
  • AJ 220 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • AJ 240 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3)
  • AJ 241 Security Management (3)
  • AJ 250 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3)
  • AJ 301 Research Methods in Administration of Justice (3) or PA 301
  • AJ 302 Quantitative Methods in Administration of Justice (3) or PA 302
  • AJ 411 Seminar on Administration of Justice Ethics (3)
  • AJ 460 Administration of Justice Internship (3) or PA 302/EMGT 480

Electives (12)

  • AJ 300 Substance Abuse (3)
  • AJ 310 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)
  • AJ 313 Judicial Administration (3)
  • AJ 321 Probation and Parole Administration (3)
  • AJ 322 Juvenile Justice System (3)
  • AJ 333 Police and Community Relations (3)
  • AJ 334 Criminal Investigation (3)
  • AJ 335 Community-Based Corrections (3)
  • AJ 345 Comparative Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 412 Selected Topics in Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 441 Correctional Administration (3)
  • AJ 450 Police Administration (3)
  • AJ 452 Race and Crime (3)

OTHER REQUIREMENTS (12)

  • Free Elective (3)
  • Math 134 or higher (3)
  • Foreign Language (3)
  • Foreign Language (3)

AJ MINOR REQUIREMENTS (21)

  • AJ 100 Introduction to Criminology (3)
  • AJ 105 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
  • AJ 211 Introduction to Court Systems (3)
  • AJ 220 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • AJ 240 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3)
  • AJ 300/400 Level
  • AJ 300/400 Level

FORENSIC SCIENCES MINOR (21)

  • AJ 105 105 Introduction to Administration of Justice (3)
  • FORS 226 Introduction to Forensic Science (3)
  • FORS 326 Forensic Science Analysis (3)
  • AJ 411 Seminar on Administration of Justice Ethics (3)
  • FORS 416 Forensic Science Seminar (3)
  • AJ 300/400 Level (3)

MILITARY SCIENCE MINOR (18)

AIR FORCE LEADERSHIP MINOR (18)

NAVAL SCIENCE MINOR (18)