Administration of Justice

The Administration of Justice program provides professional education and training for students in Law Enforcement, Investigations, Contemporary Police Technologies, and Correctional Technologies. Specialized seminars and intensified course offerings are designed to meet all current training mandated and prescribed by law. The program offers weekend, morning, afternoon, night classes and online classes to accommodate student needs. Students who meet the academic requirements may obtain an Associate in Science Degree or select from a variety of certificates of performance and certificates of achievement. The program is also designed to enhance general knowledge of the Administration of Justice System for the community at large.

Program Emphasis

The Administration of Justice program offers coursework for students seeking employment with local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, correctional agencies, court services, and private and industrial security fields. The programs are designed to meet lower division transfer requirements and entry-level job requirements. Students specializing in law enforcement and investigations are taught in accordance with the learning domain areas developed by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST). Short-term course work is available for students needing specialized training as a condition of employment. Public safety personnel currently employed can benefit from specialized course work and continuing educational opportunities for professional advancement.

Career/Transfer Options

The following list is a small sample of the variety of city, county, state and federal career options available for the administration of justice major:

  • Arson investigator
  • Border Patrol officer
  • Communications officer
  • Community service officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Court Clerk
  • Crime prevention specialist
  • Customs agent
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Evidence technician
  • Marshal
  • Parking enforcement
  • Parole officer
  • Police officer
  • Postal inspector
  • Private and industrial security officer
  • Probation officer

Common university majors related to the field of Administration of Justice include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Law
  • Public Administration

Students who plan to transfer to a four-year college or university in this discipline should consult with a counselor or visit the Transfer Center to determine the appropriate major preparation courses for their specific transfer institution and major. More information on transfer programs and procedures is available in the Transfer Guide section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Administration of Justice Program will be able to:

  • Understand the three parts of the criminal justice system and how they interrelate.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the California Penal Code, the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training regulations and appropriate department policies and procedures.
  • Relate knowledge from several employment areas such as pre-employment testing, physical requirements, psychological evaluations and social factors.
  • Use information of crime scene management and investigation, forensics analysis and information technology to conduct rudimentary criminal investigations.
  • Analyze and evaluate the role of criminal sanctions in recidivism rates and the rehabilitation process of offenders.

Catalog Pages

241 (ADJU), 374(HSEC)

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Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
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