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Administration of Justice, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner code:  2_AA_CJAD
Control number: 18418
Financial aid: Eligible

Theories, principles, and techniques of law enforcement agencies, juvenile justice, and corrections.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Attorney

Program Level Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Differentiate the roles of the law enforcement, courts, and corrections components of the criminal justice system.
  2. Evaluate the biological, psychological, and social causes of criminal behavior.
  3. Evaluate sources of information for criminal investigations.
  4. Describe crimes by their names, elements, and classifications.
  5. Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.
  6. Evaluate legal arguments, and explain constitutional and statutory limits on the application of law.
  7. Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.
  8. Develop effective reading, writing, speaking, listening, and nonverbal communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  9. Discuss the Six Pillars of Character as defined by the Josephson Institute of Ethics: trustworthiness, respect, fairness, responsibility, justice and fairness, caring, civic virtue and citizenship, and how they apply to personal and professional environments.

Associate Degree Graduation Requirements

(See GWC website for the most up-to-date information on Associate Degree Requirements.)

  1. Completion of General Education Requirements by one of the following methods:
    1. Completion of a minimum of 18 units as listed under Areas A through E, including the Cultural Diversity Requirement.
    2. Completion of a minimum of 39 units of CSU General Education requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in CSU General Education Breadth.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 34 (UC) or 37 (CSU) units of Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements. Students who complete this pattern are also eligible to receive the Certificate of Achievement in IGETC.
  2. Completion of a Major or Area of Emphasis—a minimum of 18 units.
  3. Completion of additional elective units to a total of 60 units.
  4. 2.0 overall Grade Point Average at GWC and 2.0 overall Grade Point Average for all colleges attended.
  5. At least 12 units completed at GWC.

Students should consult a GWC counselor in order to select the best pathway to meet their educational goals. For students who intend to transfer, the choice of general education will be specific to both their major and transfer institution.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
CJ G140Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
CJ G128Criminal Procedure & Evidence3
CJ G146Police Report Writing3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
Elective Course
Select one of the following:3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G150Introduction To Corrections3
CJ G151Practical Aspects Of Corrections3
CJ G152Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision3
Major Total21
GE Pattern (Local, CSU GE-Breadth, or IGETC)18-39
Total Units60

Recommended Program Sequence

These sequences are general course maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, completion of short-term certificates, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. However, this may not be an appropriate path for all students.  The two-year sequence is based on English and Math placement and meeting other course prerequisites. Students are advised to meet with a GWC Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Year 1:

Course Title Units
Semester 1
CJ G140Introduction To Criminal Justice3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area E: Lifelong Understanding and Self-Development or Area A: English Language, Area B: Natural Sciences, Area C: Arts & Humanities, Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
Elective coursework for a total of 6 units6
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of Algebra 2 in High School with a "C" or better):
MATH G030Intermediate Algebra4
MATH G040Accelerated Elementary and Intermediate Algebra5
MATH G080Pre-Statistics5
If Math competency is satisfied, take Elective coursework for a total of 3 units.3
Units12-14

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
CJ G128Criminal Procedure & Evidence3
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
Elective coursework for a total of 3 units3
Select one of the following:3
CJ G123Juvenile Law3
CJ G150Introduction To Corrections3
CJ G151Practical Aspects Of Corrections3
CJ G152Probation and Corrections: Case Planning and Supervision3
Units15
Course Title Units
Semester 4
CJ G146Police Report Writing3
Area B: Natural Sciences course3
Area D: Social & Behavioral Sciences course3
Cultural Diversity requirement #3
Elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units3-5
Units15-17
Total minimum units required60