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Degrees & Certificates

The Administration of Justice program serves those who wish to train for a career in a field associated with the administration of criminal justice, those who wish to prepare for transfer to a four-year institution, and those who are currently employed in an Administration of Justice agency and who seek training for career advancement.

There are four areas of study within Administration of Justice:

  • Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)

  • Police Science

  • Corrections

  • Homeland Security

 

Administration of Justice

Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) Degree

The mission of the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) degree program is to provide students with knowledge of the criminal justice system and its diverse components, as well as provide the training necessary to enter various careers in the criminal justice sector. The program is for those who seek to prepare for a career in criminal justice, transfer to a college or university, and for those who are currently employed in an administration of justice agency and who seek training for career advancement.

Students will be prepared to work in a variety of fields, including: Public law enforcement agencies such as municipal police, probation officers, county deputy sheriffs, correctional offices, game wardens, state parks, and private security. Those completing the AS-T in Administration of Justice degree will be able to transfer to the California State University (CSU) system and be prepared to study in the following areas: Administration of Justice, Law Enforcement, Correctional Administration, Social Science, and Pre-Law.

Successful completion of the degree affords students specific guarantees for transfer to the CSU system, such as admission to a CSU with junior status, priority admission to their local CSU campus and to a program or major in administration of justice or similar major. Students transferring to a CSU campus will be required to complete no more than 60 semester or 90 quarter units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree.

To qualify for the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) degree, students are required to complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to a California State University, including both of the following:

(1) The California State University General Education–Breadth Requirements (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), and

(2) 18-19 semester units with a grade of “C” or better, or “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No-Pass” basis, in the major and an overall minimum grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework. (Some universities may have limits on the number of Pass/No-Pass units they will accept for transfer. See a counselor for more information.)

See the Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities section of this catalog for more information on AS-T overall requirements and CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the degree will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding and ability to analyze crime, policies, procedures, and the people that shape the justice system.
  • Bridge policies and procedures with practical knowl-edge and apply that knowledge to prospective careers in the criminal justice sector.
  • Demonstrate the critical thinking skills necessary to effectively evaluate problems in the criminal justice system and provide solutions to these problems nationally and locally.
  • Create and contribute to an environment conducive and accepting of in-depth analysis and critique of social policy and social justice issues as it relates to socioeconomic status, race, gender, ethnicity, and culture.

 Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
ADJUS 21 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADJUS 22 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
Select two courses from the following:
ADJUS 24 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
ADJUS 25 Community Relations (3)
ADJUS 26 Introduction to Forensic Investigation (3)
ADJUS 51 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3)
ADJUS 56 Criminal Investigation (3)
ADJUS 63 Introduction to Corrections (3) 6
Select two courses from the following:
MATH 13 Introduction to Statistics (4)
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology (3)
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3) 6-7
Total Required Units for AS-T
Degree Major: 18-19

 

CORRECTIONS

Associate of Arts Degree (AA) and Certificate of Achivement

The Corrections degree and certificate program provides preparatory instruction necessary for persons who wish entry into four-year institutions for careers as Correctional Officers, Counselors or Probation and Parole Officers with federal, state, and county agencies. Entry-level employment may be available after satisfactory completion of the AA degree or certificate requirements.

To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice: Corrections degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the minimum 32 units specified for the certificate (excluding the 9 additional units required for the degree major). The AA degree may be completed in four semesters, while the certificate may be completed in two semesters.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

  • Communicate appropriately, in both verbal and computer-generated written (narrative report) formats, within the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs, and beliefs in stressful, emotionally charged situations.
  • Critically analyze behaviors and situations for viola-tions of criminal law, criminal procedure, and/or for possible defenses.
  • Develop and maintain relationships of trust and respect with co-workers, the community, employers, and criminal suspects.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
ADJUS 21 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADJUS 22 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
ADJUS 23 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
ADJUS 24 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
ADJUS 25 Community Relations 3
ADJUS 63 Introduction to Corrections 3
ENGL 201A* Preparation for Composition and
Reading (4)
or
ENGL 1A Composition and Reading (4) 4
ENGL 201B* Preparation for Composition and
Reading (4)
or
ENGL 1B Composition and Reading (4) 4
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology (3)
or
PSYCH 10 Psychology and Life: Basic Principles (3) 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3)
or
SOC 2 Social Problems (3) 3
Total Required Units for Certificate: 32

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Certificate of Achievement Requirements: 32
Plus, select a minimum of 9 units from the following:
ADJUS 51 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3)
ADJUS 56 Criminal Investigation (3)
COSER 10 Community Resources and Social Policy (3)
COSER 16A Communication: Theory and Practice (2-3)
COSER 16B Communication: Families in Crisis (3)
COSER 22 Social Psychology of Substance/Drug Abuse (3)
COSER 24 Human Development (3)
COSER 41 Substance Abuse and the Law (3)
COSER 42 Counseling Skills and Substance Abuse (3) 9
Total Required Units for Degree Major: 41

*Engl 201A and 201B are not transferable; Engl 1A and 1B are required for transfer and for the Associate degree.

Recommended:

Afram 10, Sociology of African-Americans (3)
Afram 12, Psychology of African-Americans (3)
Afram 16, Administration of Criminal Justice and Minority Communities (3)
Afram 19 or Asame 19 or Natam 19 or M/Lat 6, Racism in the United States (3)
Afram 32, African-American History: 1945 to Present (3-4)
Comm 20, Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
Comm 45, Public Speaking (3)

POLICE SCIENCE

Associate of Arts Degree (AA) and Certificate of Achivement

The Police Science degree and certificate program provides practical and technical instruction to meet the requirements of law enforcement agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. The program is designed for men and women who are interested in careers as a law enforcement officer with responsibilities of ensuring the security of human rights and maintaining social order according to the democratic system. Some responsibilities of law enforcement officers include enforcing laws and detecting and arresting violators of the law, crime prevention, and protecting life and property.

To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice: Police Science degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements. See the Associate Degrees and Certificates section of this catalog for more information on the local AA/AS overall requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the minimum 32 units specified for the certificate (excluding the 9 additional units required for the degree major). The AA degree may be completed in four semesters, while the certificate may be completed in two semesters.

Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).

Program Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:

  • Effectively use suppression equipment and practices.
  • Engage in public education and present prevention practices.
  • Employ chain of command and paramilitary man-agement structure.
  • Recognize career hazards and safety equipment and practices.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
ADJUS 21 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADJUS 22 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
ADJUS 23 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
ADJUS 24 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
ADJUS 25 Community Relations 3
ENGL 201A* Preparation for Composition and Reading (4)
or
ENGL 1A Composition and Reading (4) 4
ENGL 201B* Preparation for Composition and Reading (4)
ENGL 1B Composition and Reading (4) 4
HLTED 1 Exploring Health Issues 3
PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology (3)
or
PSYCH 10 Psychology and Life: Basic Principles (3) 3
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3)
SOC 2 Social Problems (3) 3
Total Required Units for Certificate: 32

Degree Major Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
Certificate of Achievement Requirements: 32
Plus, select a minimum of 9 units from the following:
ADJUS 51 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3)
ADJUS 56 Criminal Investigation (3)
ADJUS 57 Report Writing for Public Safety Personnel (3)
ADJUS 63 Introduction to Corrections (3)
COSER 10 Community Resources and Social Policy (3)
COSER 16A Communication: Theory and Practice (2-3)
COSER 16B Communication: Families in Crisis (3)
COSER 24 Human Development (3)
COSER 41 Substance Abuse and the Law (3) 9
Total Required Units for Degree Major: 41

*Engl 201A and 201B are not transferable; Engl 1A and 1B are required for transfer and for the Associate degree.

Recommended:

Afram 10, Sociology of African-Americans (3)
Afram 12, Psychology of African-American (3)
Afram 16, Administration of Criminal Justice and Minority Communities (3)
Afram 19 or Asame 19 or Natam 19 or M/Lat 6, Racism in the United States (3)
Afram 32, African-American History: 1945 to Present (3-4)
Comm 20, Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
Comm 45, Public Speaking (3)

HOMELAND SECURITY

Certificate of Achivement

The Homeland Security certificate program provides foundational knowledge of local, national, and inter-national security. The program examines threats against national security, examines national and international terrorist threats, and explores the roles and responsibilities of local and national security agencies when preparing for emergencies. The program is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level and advanced positions in the public and private sectors of security.

A Certificate of Achievement will be awarded upon satisfactory completion of the certificate requirements specified below.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students who complete the certificate will be able to:

  • Describe the history of terrorism and homeland security.
  • Describe the roles and responsibilities of various homeland security agencies.
  • Solve problems as an individual and in a coordinated team setting.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact of technology on countering threats to security.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements:

Dept/No. Title Units
ADJUS 21 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
ADJUS 70 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
ADJUS 71 Intelligence Analysis and Security Management 3
ADJUS 72 Introduction to Terrorism/WMD 3
ADJUS 115 Transportation and Border Security 3
ADJUS 116 Security Guard 1
Total Required Units for Certificate: 16