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Administration of Justice Program

 
Students desiring careers in Administration of Justice may elect a program of study for upper division transfer, or one which is oriented towards job entry either as sworn or non-sworn employees at a Local, State, or Federal Agency within the Criminal Justice System. The Criminal Justice System includes three components: 
 
     * Law Enforcement
     * Courts
     * Corrections
 
Students intending to transfer to a four-year college, such as CSUSB-Palm Desert Campus, for a degree in Criminal Justice, should pursue the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree. Students planning to pursue a career in Administration of Justice after graduation from College of the Desert should include more specialization and emphasis in the Administration
of Justice courses. Students desiring the California POST Certified - Basic Peace Officer Training, should visit the Public Safety Academy under Academic Programs on the College of the Desert 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​
Electives to be chosen from the following courses: 15 Units
​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 21​ Introduction to Forensics​ 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: 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
Electives - to be chosen from the following courses: 15 Units
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 21​ Introduction to Forensics​ 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 Activities 2
DEGREE TOTAL 60
  
 
A.A. IN ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE FOR TRANSFER DEGREE (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 as required by CSU. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. 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.

Dept. No. Title Units
Required Core 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
 
Any 2 courses from the following: 6 Units​ ​ ​
AJ 3 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
AJ 5A Community & the Justice System  3
AJ 10 Juvenile Procedures 3
​AJ 21​ Introduction to Forensics ​ ​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 Pattern1 37-39
Transferable Electives2 (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 
DEGREE TOTAL 60
 
1 Units for the major may be double counted for CSUGE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.
2 Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.
Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB1440) on page 59 of the 2014-15 COD Catalog.