Administration of Justice

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

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 as federal and state parole officers, probation officers, and correctional administrators.

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. Financially and professionally rewarding employment in these areas may be found on the local, state, federal, and private levels.

Recommended High School Preparation

General college preparatory courses

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

  • effectively communicate in both oral and written format.
  • 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, special districts, and federal level.
  • 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 use of all forms of evidence for the purpose of criminal prosecutions.
  • identify and explain the purpose and authority of of the local, state, and federal courts systems.
  • identify and explain the purpose and authority of all law enforcement agencies at the local, state, special district, and federal level.
  • 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 (AA)

The Associate in Arts 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 in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) degree may be obtained by completion of 60 transferable, semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, including (a) the major or area of emphasis described in the Required Program, and (b) either the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.

To earn an associate transfer degree, students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete 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:
    • The California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC).
    • A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtain of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.