Administration of Justice Associate of Science Transfer Degree
Administration of Justice is the study of the causes, consequences and control of crime. The program leading to the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice systems in America. The goal of this program is to familiarize students with a foundation in the Criminal Justice sub-systems: Law Enforcement, Correctional Science, Criminology, Forensics, Investigations, and the Judicial /Court’s role. The program is both academic and professional in that it is an interdisciplinary attempt to relate intellectual issues and practitioner perspectives to the challenge of crime in a free society. Consequently, the program provides preparation for employment with a related agency and /or transfer to a college or university.
Students will be prepared to work in a variety of fields, including: public law enforcement agencies such as municipal police, CHP, probation officers, county deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, game wardens, state park rangers, and private security. Students completing the AS-T in Administration of Justice degree will be able to transfer to the California State University systems and be prepared to study in the following areas: Administration of Justice, Law Enforcement, Correctional Science, Social Science/Criminology, Forensics, and Pre- Law.
The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is a designated "high unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
To earn this AS-T degree, students must meet the following requirements:
- completion of the following major requirements with grades of C or better;
- completion of a minimum of 60 CSU transferable semester units with a grade point average of at least 2.0; and
- Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU, which requires a minimum of 39 units.
It is highly recommended that students complete courses that satisfy the U.S. History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement as part of CSUGE or IGETC before transferring to a CSU. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in Administration of Justice should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and lower division requirements.
|Required Core Courses|
|ADJUS 101||Introduction to Administration of Justice||3|
|ADJUS 103||Concepts of Criminal Law||3|
|List A - Select two of the following:||6|
|ADJUS 102||Principles and Procedures of the Justice System||3|
|ADJUS 104||Legal Aspects of Evidence||3|
|ADJUS 105||Community Relations||3|
|ADJUS 106||Principles of Investigation||3|
|ADJUS 108||Juvenile Procedures||3|
|CORREC 101||Introduction to Corrections||3|
|List B - Select two of the following (any course not used from List A):||6-8|
|CIT 101||Introduction to Computer Literacy||3|
|ENGL 102||Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking||4|
|or ENGL 102H||Intermediate Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors|
|MATH 102||College Algebra||4|
|MATH 108||Introduction to Probability and Statistics||4|
|MATH 115||Ideas of Mathematics||3|
|PHIL 103||Introduction to Logic: Argument and Evidence||3|
|POLIT 100||American Politics||3|
|PSYCH 100||General Psychology||3|
|or PSYCH 100H||General Psychology - Honors|
|SOC 100||Introduction to Sociology||3|
|or SOC 100H||Introduction to Sociology - Honors|
|General Education (CSU-GE or IGETC) Units||37-39|
|Elective (CSU Transferable) Units||0-3|
See Section on Degree, Certificate, and Transfer Information for additional information on the Associate Degrees for Transfer.
To earn an SBVC Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) students must complete one of the following general education patterns:
Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Critically analyze and evaluate the admissibility or exclusion of evidence based upon fourth and fifth amendment protections; evaluate and describe the various types of evidence
- Critically analyze and evaluate the proper procedures in conducting a criminal investigation involving crimes against persons, property, sex crimes, crimes against children, bombs and explosives, and vice and narcotics
- Critically analyze and describe the role and responsibilities of Forensic criminalists in conducting a criminal investigation
- Critically evaluate the challenges and strategies of the Criminal Justice System within a diverse and multicultural society
- Critically analyze and describe the development of the penal institutions in the United States; describing the goals, challenges, responsibilities and strategies of the correctional institutions
- Critically analyze and describe the development of the Juvenile Justice System in the United States; explaining the juvenile court procedures and Constitutional protections prescribed by United States Supreme Court decisions