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Administration of Justice Program

Students desiring careers in Administration of Justice may elect a program of study designed for upper division transfer, or one which is oriented toward job entry with employment at a Local, State, or Federal Agencies within the Criminal Justice System.
Students intending to transfer to a four-year college should consult that college/university for the specific requirements. Students planning to pursue a career in administration of justice after graduation should include more specialization and emphasis in these courses.
There are certain minimum physical and moral character requirements for peace officers. Students may obtain more specific information about those requirements from the concerned department. Students who are transferring to College of the Desert from another college must take at least six units of administration of justice courses at College of the Desert, in addition to regular required courses to be eligible for graduation. Additional information on the Public Safety programs are available on the Public Safety Academy's website at collegeofthedesert.edu.

Advisor: D. C. Mayes dcmayes@collegeofthedesert.edu; 760-862-1302
  
 
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
The Administration of Justice Certificate of Achievement provides education and training for students seeking employment in one of the three components of the Criminal Justice System: law enforcement, the judicial system (courts), or the correctional system. Students earning the certificate may also choose to continue their study toward an associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in Administration of Justice.
Dept. No.​ Title​ Units
Required Courses: 12 units
AJ 1 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
AJ 4 Criminal Court Process 3
​AJ 6​ Criminal Investigation​ 3​
Required Subtotal 12
Electives - 15 units to be chosen from the following:
​AJ ​3 Legal Aspects of Evidence ​3
AJ 5A Community & the Justice System 3
AJ 8 Patrol Operations 3
AJ 9 Traffic Control 3
AJ 10 Juvenile Procedures 3
AJ 16 Narcotics Control 3
AJ 17 Natural Resources Law Enforcement 3
AJ 24 Report Writing 3
AJ 30 Introduction to Corrections 3
​AJ ​95A-C ​Admin of Justice Work Experience ​1-3
BPOT 1 Basic Peace Officer Training - Module III 7
BPOT 2 Basic Peace Officer Training - Module II 12
CERTIFICATE TOTAL 27

 

 
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE A. S. DEGREE
for Employment Preparation

Administration of Justice A.S. Degree is intended to prepare candidates academically to perform effectively in a host of careers pertaining to the Administration of Justice system. Students will be exposed to a series of courses within the major intended to develop social awareness, written communication skills, cultural sensitivity, concepts of law and the physical ability to cope with many of the demanding Administration of Justice careers.

Dept. No.​ Title​ Units
Required Courses:
AJ 1 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
AJ 4 Criminal Court Process 3
AJ 6 Criminal Investigation 3
Required Subtotal 15
Electives - 15 units to be chosen from the following:
AJ 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
​AJ ​5A ​Community & the Justice System ​3
AJ 8 Patrol Operations 3
AJ 9 Traffic Control 3
AJ 10 Juvenile Procedures 3
AJ 16 Narcotics Control 3
AJ 17 Natural Resources Law Enforcement 3
AJ 24 Report Writing 3
AJ 30 Introduction to Corrections 3
​AJ ​95A-C Admin of Justice Work Experience​ ​1-3
BPOT 1 Basic Peace Officer Training - Module III 7
BPOT 2 Basic Peace Officer Training - Module II 12
​Required Subtotal ​12
AJ Electives (with Advisor approval) 15
Other Electives (with Advisor approval) 13
COD General Education Pattern 18
Kinesiology (PE) Activities 2
DEGREE TOTAL 60

 

 
ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE
ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE DEGREE FOR TRANSFER (AS-T)
The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer, also called the Administration of Justice AS-T Degree, is intended to prepare students to transfer to CSU campuses that offer bachelor's degrees in Administration of Justice or Criminal Justice. Students who complete this degree will receive "priority admission with junior status to the California State University system."
 
This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students earn a grade of “C” or better in all major coursework. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.
requirements.
Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core Courses:
AJ 1 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
AJ 2 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
AJ 4 Criminal Court Process 3
AJ 6 Criminal Investigation 3
 
Any 2 courses from the following:​ ​ ​ ​6
AJ 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
AJ 5A Community & the Justice System (3)
AJ 10 Juvenile Procedures (3)
AJ 30 Introduction to Corrections (3)
​PSY 1​ ​General Psychology (3)
​SOC ​1 ​Introductory Sociology (3)
​SOC ​3 ​Fundamentals of Statistics (3)
Required Subtotal 18
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 38-41
Transferable Electives* (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 
DEGREE TOTAL 60

 

*Elective units to reach 60-unit total must be CSU transferable.