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Administration of Justice

Administration of Justice

This program provides students with a solid background in the field of Administration of Justice by offering a variety of courses designed to prepare students for careers within the criminal justice system. The program combines the scientific study of law enforcement, the court system and corrections, along with a focus on the administration of these systems. An important component of the program is the study of the causes and effects of crime and the ways in which society responds to such behavior.


This program is designed to prepare students to obtain a two-year degree with the knowledge and skills needed to enter a career upon graduation. It also academically prepares students who wish to continue their degree at a four-year institution. A student who successfully completes 12 credits of AJ courses at Hawai‘i CC may receive up to 6 additional AJ credits for completing basic police recruit training as required by government law enforcement agencies.

An internship program is also available to students who wish to earn college credit by working in the AJ field. Students can earn up to 6 credits, which can be applied to the program. Students interested in the internship program should contact the AJ Coordinator.

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Upon successful completion, students are prepared to:

  • Express a foundational understanding of the three components (law enforcement, courts, and corrections) of the Administration of Justice system and how they interrelate and affect individuals and society.
  • Work independently and interdependently with diverse populations to produce personal, professional, and community outcomes.
  • Use technology to access, synthesize, and communicate information effectively in written and oral reports.
  • Develop and initiate career plans to obtain jobs or continue a degree in Administration of Justice or related fields.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • 12 credits in AJ courses.
  • 9 credits total by selecting one 3-credit general elective course from each area: Humanities, Natural Science, and Social Science. All courses must be numbered 100 or above and be an approved course from the designated area.
  • A minimum total of 61 credits at 100‑level or higher.
  • Earn a “C” or better in all AJ courses.
  • An overall GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • 12 credits of General Electives


The Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs at Hawai‘i CC are an integral part of the local community and reflect its day-to-day life. Close cooperation among the faculty, employers, and employees in the community is maintained. One of the most effective formal means of providing for this type of cooperation is the Program Advisory Council. These groups advise their respective programs of training needs and new developments in the field. Councils include employers, alumni, and others knowledgeable about the field.

Administration of Justice Program Advisory Council:

  • Peter Cabreros, Retired Warden, HCCC 
  • Paul Ferreira, Chief of Police, Hawai‘i County Police Department 
  • Dean Hiraki, Supervisor, Third Circuit Adult Probation Services 
  • William “Billy” Kenoi, Lecturer, Hawai‘i Community College 
  • Kelcie Makaike, Program Manager, DPS Intake Services Center 
  • Mitch Roth, Prosecutor, Office of the Prosecuting Attorney, County of Hawai‘i 
  • Sean Valencia, Parole Officer, DPS Paroling Authority