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Administration of Justice, Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Banner code:  2_AST_AJ
Control number: 33206
Financial aid: Eligible

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree is an excellent way to develop base concepts of criminal law, corrections and criminal justice in the United States. This degree will provide a basis for understanding Core principles used in criminal justice, and therefore prepare graduates for career opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Students in the Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree can develop careers in areas such as education, detention officer, dispatcher, probation/parole officer, police officer, deputy sheriff, and attorney.

The Criminal Justice department offers courses from beginning to advanced. All courses are designed to develop students’ observation skills, practical application, and written abilities. Students will be prepared for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program in Criminal Justice at a CSU.

Potential careers students may enter upon completion are as follows:

  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Deputy sheriff 
  • Parole agent

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. Explain the legal justifications required for conducting a search and an arrest, and the exceptions to these requirements.
  3. Identify the foundational requirements for the admissibility and the exclusion of evidence in a criminal court proceeding.

Associate Degree for Transfer Graduation Requirements

Associate Degrees for Transfer require students to meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units of degree-applicable courses,
  • Minimum overall grade point average of 2.0,
  • Minimum grade of “C” (or “P”) for each course in the major, and
  • Completion of IGETC and/or CSU GE-Breadth.

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
List A6
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
List B
Select two of the following:6-7
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
PSCI G180American Government3
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
Major Total18-19
GE Pattern (CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC)37-39
Total units that may be double-counted6-12
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)10-15
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
ENGL G100Freshman Composition ^4
Area C1: Arts course3
Area E: Lifelong Learning & Self-Development course3
Area A1: Oral Communication course3
Units16
Course Title Units
Semester 2
CJ G110Criminal Investigation3
CJ G141Concepts of Criminal Law3
Area A3: Critical Thinking course3-4
Area B4: Mathematics course (if MATH G160 NOT already taken)3-4
Select one of the following:3-4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
PSCI G180American Government3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Units15-18

Year 2:

Course Title Units
Semester 3
CJ G137Community Relations And Special Issues In Criminal Justice3
HIST G170History Of The United States To 1876 (Area C2: Humanities course)3
or HIST G175 History of the United States Since 1876
Area B1: Physical Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area F: Ethnic Studies course3
Select one of the following NOT already taken:3-4
MATH G160Introduction To Statistics4
PHIL G115Logic and Critical Thinking3
PSCI G180American Government3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
PSYC G100Introduction To Psychology3
SOC G100Introduction To Sociology3
Units15-17
Course Title Units
Semester 4
PSCI G180American Government (Area D: Social & Behavioral Science course)3
or PSCI G181 American Government: The Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Area B2: Life Science course (with or without lab) *3-4
Area C: Arts & Humanities course3
CSU Transferable elective coursework to reach a minimum of 60 units0-5
Units9-15
Total minimum units required60