Administration of Justice AS

Associate in Science Degree (AS)


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Associate in Science Degree
Program Information
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.

Career Opportunities
A variety of career opportunities are open to students who successfully complete specific portions of this program of study. There is a demand for qualified personnel in such areas as law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Professionally rewarding employment in these areas may be found on the local, state, federal, and private level.

Recommended High School Preparation
General college preparatory courses

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