Administration of Justice

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) degree prepares students for upper division coursework for a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. By design of curriculum, 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, and discuss the content of statutory and case law; analyze criminology factors that contribute to the cause of criminal behavior, reoccurrence of recidivism, and strategies and practices established for the control of crime. In addition, this program encompasses ethical practices, standards and expectations within the entire criminal justice system.

Proper selection of curriculum electives further allows students to study other academic disciplines, such as chemistry or biology, psychology, sociology, public administration and computer science. For example if you have an interest in forensic anthropology, you may choose chemistry or biology as important electives to consider.

Students are encouraged to review program requirements specific to the CSU or UC educational institution they are planning to attend.

According to SB1440, section 66746, students seeking an AS-T degree are required to complete a minimum of 18 semester units in the major, must fulfill CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC requirements, complete 60 units of CSU transferable coursework, and complete all degree-applicable courses with a C or better.


Administration of Justice Associate in Science for Transfer

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Effectively use language and non-verbal communication consistent with and appropriate for application in the Criminal Justice System through classroom discussion, exercises and written assignments.
  2. Evaluate and analyze information when addressing issues within the criminal justice system, draw reasonable conclusions that encompass criminal law, social expectation and ethical standards through classroom discussion exercises and written assignments.
  3. Demonstrate respect and acceptance for differing opinions, feelings and, values of others through the development of listening skills that promote ethical and equitable application of Criminal Law through classroom discussion, exercises and written assignments.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses
AJ 10Introduction to Criminal Justice System3
AJ 11Criminal Law3
Course block units required:
Area A - Select 6 units from the following:
AJ 13Evidence3
AJ 14Criminal Justice Process3
AJ 15Criminal Investigation3
AJ 19Multicultural Communities and the Justice System3
Course block units required:
Area B - Select at least 6-7 additional units from the following courses, OR any CSU transferable Administration of Justice lower division course or courses outside the Administration of Justice discipline that are articulated as lower division major preparation for the Criminal Justice or Criminology Major at any CSU.
AJ 1Ethics In The Criminal Justice System3
SOCIL 1Introduction To Sociology3
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3
STAT 1Introduction To Statistical Methods4
Course block units required:


AJ 1 – Ethics In The Criminal Justice System
Examination of the types and history of ethical theories and development of moral and ethical behavior for criminal justice practitioners. Students learn how to analyze an ethical dilemma and apply this process to contemporary law enforcement issues.

AJ 10 – Introduction to Criminal Justice System
Overview of the history and philosophy of the U.S. justice system; study of the modern criminal justice system and its components, law enforcement, courts, and corrections; identifying the roles of the various professionals within the system and their interrelationships; analysis of legal issues; study of theories of crime causation, punishment, and rehabilitation. (L)

AJ 11 – Criminal Law
History, philosophy, and constitutional provisions of criminal law; study of penal code statutes and other statutory and case law applicable to law enforcement, including exploration of crimes against persons and property, public peace, narcotics, and dangerous weapons. (L)

AJ 13 – Evidence
Origin, development, and philosophy of evidence; the study of both codified evidentiary law and applicable court decisions. Specific topics include, types of evidence, the judicial process, the admission and exclusion of evidence, legal standards of proof, direct and circumstantial evidence, testimonial evidence and witness competency, the hearsay rule and its exceptions, demonstrative evidence, judicial notice, and issues relating to search and seizure. (L)

AJ 14 – Criminal Justice Process
Analysis of legal processes from pre-arrest through trial and appeal, sentencing, and corrections procedures utilizing statutory law and state and constitutional law precedents. (L)

AJ 15 – Criminal Investigation
Addresses procedures and concepts as applied to criminal investigations, including surveillance; crime scene response management; and identification, collection, and processing of physical evidence. Covers U.S. Constitution and Statutory/ Case Law; interview /interrogation processes and techniques; identifying information sources; procuring search warrants; serving search warrants; exceptions to the search warrant rule, and court processes. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s capacity to analyze specific situations and identify sound ethical investigative procedures. (L)

AJ 19 – Multicultural Communities and the Justice System
Examines the complex relationship between multicultural communities and the criminal justice system, analyzing cultural differences and strategies to effectively address crime related issues. Addresses potential societal barriers involving race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, social class, culture and the evolution of the law enforcement profession in understanding how relationships are developed, maintained and changed to meet ethnic and minority group needs. Additional topics include multicultural representation in Law Enforcement, Cross-Cultural Communication, Community Policing, and restorative justice principles. (L)

Additional courses in Administration of Justice are offered at the Woodland campus.