Administration of Justice

AS Degree

Replaces the Liberal Arts AA Degree

Same basic requirements

Certificate of Achievement or Certificate of Completion

Students wishing to pursue a career in the field of law enforcement, criminal investigation, crime scene investigation, probation, parole, corrections, private security, law, criminal behavioral studies, rehabilitation programs or the like should consider this two-year program.  All students planning to seek employment with a government or private agency after they graduate should speak with a faculty member of the department in order to review the special requirements of the various agencies.

To earn a Certificate of Achievement, students must complete each required course with a “C” grade or better.  Certificate requirements can be completed by attending classes in the day, evening, weekend, online or any combination. Graduation is not required for awarding these certificates. See Mr. Sinsel in his office (FO 213) (925-685-1230 X 2304) for application forms. You may apply for more than one certificate at a time. You may also apply, even though you have not completed the requirements, as long as you are currently enrolled in those courses. Apply early as it takes several months for the process to be completed.

Certificate of Achievement

Required courses:                                                                     Units

ADJUS 120         Introduction to the Administration of Justice .......................... 3

ADJUS 121         Criminal Law.............................................................................. 3

ADJUS 122         Criminal Procedure................................................................... 3

ADJUS 124         Elements of Corrections........................................................... 3

ADJUS 130         Police Multicultural Relations.................................................... 3

ADJUS 221         Criminal Evidence..................................................................... 3

ADJUS 284         Interviewing & Counseling.........................................................3

Plus at least 7-9 units from:

ADJUS 125         Report Preparation for Criminal Justice..................................3

ADJUS 139         Gangs and Threat Groups in America.....................................3

ADJUS 203         Physical Evidence & Crime Laboratory..................................4

ADJUS 222         Criminal Investigation................................................................3

ADJUS 230         Juvenile Procedures..................................................................3

ADJUS 260         Patrol Procedures......................................................................3

ADJUS 270         Personal Self-Defense and Firearms Training.......................2

ADJUS 280         Probation & Parole....................................................................3

ADJUS 286         Correctional Treatment Philosophies......................................3

ADJUS 298         Independent Study……………….……………………….……3

                                                                                    Total Units Required 28-30

Certificates of Accomplishment

To earn a “Certificate of Accomplishment”, students must complete each required course with a “C” or better grade. Certificate requirements may be completed by a combination of day, evening, weekend or online courses listed in the Administration of Justice Program. Successful completion of these “Certificate of Completion” requirements also counts towards the completion of the AJ “Certificate of Achievement”. Graduation is not required to earn a Certificate of Accomplishment.

Patrol Specialist

Prepares students for entry-level careers as law enforcement officers in Federal, State, and local agencies as well as private and corporate security. After completing this certificate, students contemplating enrolling in the POST academies will have a solid foundation that will help to ensure academy success. Students entering private security will have much more training than is required by state law. Completion of this certificate will also give the student a greatly improved opportunity for employment.

Patrol  Specialist Courses

         a.       ADJUS 120 Intro to The Administration of Justice.....................3

b.      ADJUS 125 Report Preparation for Criminal Justice..................3

c.       ADJUS 139 Gangs and Threat Groups in America......................3

d.      ADJUS 260 Patrol Procedures............................................3

e.       ADJUS 222 Criminal Investigation.......................................3

 f.       ADJUS 270 Personal Self-Defense & Firearms.........................2

                                                                                           Total Units 17

Crime Scene Investigator

Prepares students for entry-level careers as crime scene investigators, criminal analysts, and fingerprint examiners, criminalists in limited areas of expertise, crime scene photographers, private security investigators, and criminal investigators. It also is a basic for those students who wish to pursue advanced careers as Criminal Profilers or Advanced Criminalists. Completion of this certificate will greatly improve the opportunity for employment.

Crime Scene Investigator Courses

a.        ADJUS 120 Intro to The Administration of Justice.......................3

b.        ADJUS 203 Physical evidence and the crime lab........................4

c.        ADJUS 222 Criminal Investigation.........................................3

d.        ADJUS 260 Patrol Procedures..............................................3

                                                                                               Total Units 13

Juvenile Counseling

Prepares students for entry-level careers working with juvenile offenders, crime prevention, juvenile correctional facilities, juvenile counseling and rehabilitation programs. Since juveniles commit most crimes, law enforcement officers should have a good understanding of the juvenile justice system. Those persons wishing to work as probation officers or parole officers should strongly consider taking these courses to greatly improve their opportunity for employment.

Juvenile Counseling Courses

          a.       ADJUS 120 Intro to the Administration of Justice.......................3

b.      ADJUS 124 Elements of Corrections.......................................3

c.       ADJUS 139 Gangs and Threat Groups......................................3

d.      AJDUS 230 Juvenile Procedures............................................3

e.       ADJUS 284 Interviewing & Counseling.....................................3

         Total Units 15

Criminal Law Specialist

This certificate prepares a student for entry-level careers in many areas of the criminal justice system where a basic understanding of statutory and procedural criminal law is necessary. Examples of these positions would be law enforcement officers, lawyers, investigators, correctional personnel and private and corporate security. Anyone choosing a career in the criminal justice field should complete this certificate as a minimum.

1.      Criminal Law Specialist Courses

            a.       ADJUS 121 Criminal Law...................................................3

            b.   ADJUS 221 Criminal Evidence............................................3

  c.       ADJUS 122 Criminal Procedure............................................3

  d.      ADJUS 120 Intro to the Administration of Justice.......................3

                                                                                                Total Units 12

Community Relations Specialist

Prepares students for entry-level careers either as law enforcement or civilian positions that require a better than average understanding of multicultural issues as they impact the community and the criminal justice system. Anyone contemplating a career in the criminal justice field should consider taking these courses. Citizens active in their community such as teachers, activists, political and social leaders, and members of cultural organizations will find this series of courses an excellent resource in better understanding the issues that impact their communities.

Community Relations Specialist Courses

a.   ADJUS 120 Intro to The Administration of Justice........................3

b.   ADJUS 130 Police Multicultural Relations...................................3

         c.   ADJUS 139 Gangs and Threat Groups........................................3

Plus choice of 3 units from:

d.      ADJUS 280 Probation & Parole...............................................3

e.       ADJUS 284 Interviewing & Counseling......................................3

                                                                                       Total Units 12

Correctional Specialist

This certificate prepares a student for entry-level careers in corrections such as working in prisons, jails, probation officers, parole agents, and counselors working with adult offenders. Completion of this certificate will greatly improve the opportunity for employment in these fields.

Correctional Specialist Courses

          a.        ADJUS 124 Elements of Corrections........................................3

b.        ADJUS 284 Interviewing and Counseling...................................3

c.        ADJUS 139 Gangs and Threat Groups in America..........................3

d.        ADJUS 120 Intro to the Administration of Justice.........................3

                                                                                                 Total Units 12