The Administration of Justice Program (AOJ) is designed to provide professional courses in AOJ fields for the pre-service student, and for the criminal justice employee preparing for promotional exams or to upgrade or maintain skills and knowledge. At Shasta College, you will receive occupational training for both the entrance and promotional levels of AOJ agencies and allied services. With additional general education courses, you will also be able to fulfill the requirements to transfer to a four-year college with junior standing. A variety of agencies exist at the federal, state and local levels of government; and also through private industry.

This degree is approved through the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Upon satisfactory completion of all degree requirements and filing an application for graduation with Admissions and Records, the student’s transcript will reflect completion of this degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this degree, the student should be able to:

  • Explain the evolution of the criminal justice system, its objectives, role and trends.
  • Describe common California criminal law concepts, Constitutional Rights, and the core principles that peace officers must follow.
  • Display their knowledge of evidence collection, chain of evidence, submission of evidence, and legal requirements for the handling of evidence.
  • Demonstrate their knowledge of the California court criminal system, law enforcement report writing, and court testimony.
  • Illustrate the process of a fundamental criminal investigation and the follow up process that can lead to submission to the district attorney, court system, and corrections.
  • Identify issues and strategies that pertain to police relations with a diverse community.

Degree Requirements

Core Courses
  • ADJU 10 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
  • ADJU 15 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
  • ADJU 16 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3 
  • ADJU 17 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
  • ADJU 18 Community Relations & Multicultural Issues for Law Enforcement 3
  • ADJU 20 Principles of Investigation 3
  • ADJU 23 Career Planning for Administration of Justice 3
  • ADJU 26 Courtroom Testimony/Report Writing 3
Restricted Electives (Choose six units) 6
  • ADJU 21 Police Field Operations (3)
  • ADJU 22 Juvenile Procedures (3)
  • ADJU 30 Wildlife Law Enforcement (3)
  • ADJU 40 Introduction to Corrections (3)
  • ADJU 45 Criminal Street Gangs (3)
  • ADJU 46 Narcotic and Drug Use (3)
  • ADJU 106 Domestic and Sexual Violence Intervention (4)
  • CIS 1 Computer Literacy Workshop (3)
  • SOC 2 Social Problems (3)

*May be used to fulfill General Education requirements. See a counselor.

Associate In Science Degree Requirements

Major: 30

Additional General Education: 18

General Electives: 12

Degree Total: 60*

*Note: Calculation assumes a student will double-count the Multicultural graduation requirement with either a social science or humanities G.E. requirement and that the student will fulfill computer literacy through a test. If students plan well and see a counselor, they may be able to double count the Multicultural and Computer Literacy units. If these graduation requirements are added, the number of units is increased by 6 units.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

 

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