Administration of Justice

Students standing around a AJ display table

Program Mission

The Administration of Justice program's mission is to serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.

Program Description

This program is designed to prepare the student academically for entry into the Administration of Justice career field; i.e., law enforcement, courts, corrections or private security. Courses are also provided to meet the training needs of the in-service professional.

A student at Honolulu Community College who completes twelve (12) units of Administration of Justice work may receive up to twelve (12) additional units for completing Basic Recruit Training in law enforcement or corrections, as required by governmental agencies:

  • Basic Recruit Training (e.g., Corrections) graduating with a minimum of 250 hours training – 6 credits.
  • Basic Recruit Training (e.g., DPS - Law Enforcement) graduating with a minimum of 500 hours training – 9 credits.

Program Prerequisite

Placement in ENG 100

Degrees That Can Be Earned

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Cost of Textbooks/Supplies

The cost for textbooks is approximately $400 per semester.

Upon successful completion of the AJ program, students will be able to:

  • Use critical observation skills.
  • Communicate with a diverse population in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Assess and respond appropriately to potential confl ict situations.
  • Write clear and accurate reports.
  • Maintain a drug free lifestyle.
  • Work independently and interdependently to accomplish shared professional outcomes.
  • Develop Administration of Justice career plans.
  • Practice within the legal/ethical parameters of the Justice profession.

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

Thinking Skills


Apply criminal justice theories and critical thinking skills to resolve issues common to the field.


  • Read and follow procedures outlined in lectures, textbooks, handouts and legal documents.
  • Memorize laws and legal procedures.
  • Apply basic principles of criminal investigation.
  • Define and classify crimes.
  • Conduct basic legal research.
  • Describe judicial procedures.
  • Adhere to rules in preparing and presenting evidence.

Sensory/Observation Skills


Use sensory cues to make accurate observations and assessments of a crime scene.


  • Survey a scene and gather physical evidence.
  • Detect subtle clues in an investigation.
  • Examine evidence such as fingerprints, casts, photographs, and lab reports.

Motor Skills


Travel to various sites to do research.


  • Visit off-campus sites such as the Federal Building, courthouses, and State Library to access public records, reference materials, or other resources.
  • Attend a court session.

Communication Skills


Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.


  • Conduct interviews to obtain necessary information.
  • Express information coherently.
  • Prepare accurate and concise judicial system reports.

Behavioral Skills


Behave appropriately in a shared learning environment.


  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Follow through with individual and shared responsibilities.
  • Adhere to the Honolulu CC Student Conduct Code.

Environmental Tolerance


Function safely in a typical classroom environment.


  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Dust and odors, Residue from cleaning products