The University of Arizona South has been considering the creation of an Administration of Justice degree for almost a decade. The need for a Bachelor's degree in Administration of Justice stems in large part from the fact that there is a number of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies located in Southeast Arizona. These agencies, as well as the court systems, probation departments, and correctional facilities employ thousands of area residents, many of whom need a bachelor's degree either for entry level positions or to advance to administrative or supervisory positions.
The process of researching and creating the Administration of Justice degree was initiated by UA South Adjunct Professor and attorney Caitlin Sklar. Adjunct Professor Linda Denno also collaborated closely with Professor Todd Lutes, Dean Jim Shockey, Dean Barbara Citera, Academic Advising & Student Services Director Sarah Wieland, and Program Coordinator Esther Henley to bring the final program to fruition.