A.S. in Criminal Justice

The A.S. Degree in Criminal Justice prepares men and women for a career of public service as a police officer, deputy sheriff, criminal investigator, or supervisor at local, state, and federal levels as well as transfer to a four year college or university. A great need exists for intelligent, well-educated personnel with a commitment toward professional growth in the justice system. The principles of criminal justice are enhanced by the range of courses in the general education pattern.

Students receiving this degree must meet the following requirements:

  1. Complete the District General Education Pattern, CSUGE or IGETC.
    If transferring to a CSU or UC students are strongly recommended to complete the CSUGE or IGETC General Education Patterns. Students looking to transfer to an out of state or private college should consult with a counselor for the appropriate GE pattern selection.
  2. Complete with a “C” or better each course as specified by the major.
  3. Maintain an overall GPA of a 2.0 or better in all degree applicable coursework.
  4. Meet the local area requirement of Kinesiology/Dance.
Required courses:
AJ 101Introduction to the Administration of Justice3
AJ 102Concepts of Criminal Law3
AJ 103Legal Aspects of Evidence3
AJ 109Criminal Court Process3
AJ 112Community and the Justice System3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Criminal Investigation3
Patrol Procedures3
Juvenile Procedures3
Narcotics and Vice Control3
Death Investigation3
Writing for Criminal Justice Professionals3
Introduction to Probation and Parole3
Introduction to Corrections3
Control and Supervision in Corrections3
Correctional Interviewing and Counseling3
Legal Aspects of Corrections3
Introduction to Forensics3
Total Units18

A.S. Degree Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Criminal Justice A.S. Degree will:

  1. Demonstrate an ability to write clearly and accurately about the administration of justice process using an appropriate vocabulary.
  2. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking about issues in the administration of justice system.
  3. Demonstrate a comprehension and appreciation of the connections, contributions, experiences, and potential conflicts of various ethnic groups, races, and genders as they interact with the criminal justice system.
  4. Demonstrate an awareness of sciences and emerging technologies as it impacts the administration of justice.