Administration of Justice

Associate in Science Degree (AS)

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T)

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The general field referred to as “Administration of Justice” is directed toward the prevention, discovery, control, and treatment of crimes, criminals, and criminality. Students desiring to enter a career concerned with the administration of justice will find that this curriculum has flexibility that allows them to prepare for specific fields included in that broad category. The program also provides the basis for advanced study at a four-year college. Opportunities for college graduates include positions in local, state, and federal, law enforcement, courts and correctional services.

Recommended High School Preparation: General college preparatory courses are recommended as High School Preparation.

Career Opportunities

A great variety of career opportunities is open to students who successfully complete specific portions of this program of study. There is an urgent demand for trained personnel in such areas as uniformed police patrol, investigation, criminal identification, criminalistics, and corrections. Professionally rewarding employment in these areas may be found on the local, state, federal, and private levels.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • effectively communicate in both oral and written formats.
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the interactions and relationships of law enforcement, courts, and corrections on the local, state, and federal levels.
  • identify career opportunities in the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • analyze crime causation, recognize the elements within criminal statutes, and be familiar with criminal procedures utilized to enforce those statutes.
  • evaluate the complex legal aspects of criminal investigations, procedures, constitutional law, and case law.
  • apply laws and procedures for the collection and utilization of evidence for the purpose of criminal prosecutions.
  • identify and explain the purpose and authority of the local, state, and federal courts systems.
  • identify and explain the purpose and authority of law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.
  • recognize, understand, and acquire a sensitivity to the diverse cultures in our society and how this diversity impacts the criminal justice system.

Associate in Arts Degree (AS)

The Administration of Justice Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

Associate in Science for Transfer Degree (AS-T)

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB1440 law):

(1) Completion of a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
(A) The California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
(B) A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
(2) Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0.

ADTs also require that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.