This course of study prepares students for transfer to complete work for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or economic crime investigation. Students will be able to describe the individual functions and components of the modern criminal justice system; use introductory concepts of legal research to locate, analyze, and discuss the content of statutory and case law; and explain the underlying cause of antisocial and criminal behavior. Proper selection of curriculum electives further enables students to study other academic disciplines, such as political science, sociology, and public administration. This program is appropriate for students considering law school as well as certain careers in law enforcement.

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:

  • Identify and apply communication skills when interacting with all people.
  • Identify the need for understanding diverse populations in the criminal justice field and establish strategies for effectively communicating with those diverse populations.
  • Identify the cultural differences found in most communities and apply methods of effectively bridging those differences.
  • Demonstrate and apply critical thinking skills in dealing with ethical decision making within the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to locate resources which enable the resolution of problems within the community and the participants of the criminal justice system.
  • Recognize the major impact ethics and morality has on the citizens the law enforcement profession serves and the daily interaction with others within the criminal justice system.
  • Develop effective writing skills to properly document law enforcement priorities.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and application of law enforcement rules, regulations, and applicable laws.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make the correct decision during critical life-threatening situations.

Requirements

In addition to the 37-39 unit general education pattern for CSU or IGETC, students must complete the core courses listed below for the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree. Students must also obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 and a C or better in each major course, or a “P" if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.

Required Core

  • ADJU 10* Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
  • ADJU 15 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
List A (Choose two courses from the following) 6
  • ADJU 16 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
  • ADJU 17 Principles/ Procedures of the Justice System (3)
  • ADJU 18 Community Relations & Multicultural Issues for Law Enforcement (3)
  • ADJU 20 Principles of Investigation (3)
  • ADJU 22 Juvenile Procedures (3)
  • ADJU 40 Introduction to Corrections (3)
List B (Choose two courses from the following) 6-7
  • ADJU 45 Criminal Street Gangs (3)
  • ADJU 46 Narcotic and Drug Abuse (3)
  • MATH 14*# Introduction to Statistics (4)
  • PSYC 1A*# General Psychology (3)
  • SOC 1*# Introduction to Sociology (3)

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

#May be used to fulfill IGETC requirements. See a counselor.

Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree Requirements

Major: 18-19

General Education: 37-39

General Electives: 10-12**

Degree Total Will Not Exceed: 60 Units 

**Number will vary depending on units that double count.

For reference only as of 2019/2020

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