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Law Enforcement Associate in Science and Certificate of Achievement

Students planning careers in Administration of Justice may elect a program from the four options that follow: Law Enforcement, Corrections, Forensic Technology or Security Management. The programs are designed to meet lower division university transfer, job entry, or promotion requirements, depending on student need.

Students seeking employment with local, state or federal law enforcement agencies specialize in Law Enforcement. Students seeking careers in a jail or prison system, parole, probation or certain aspects of social work may specialize in Corrections. Students who desire a career in scientific criminal investigation and in crime laboratories may specialize in Forensic Technology. Students interested in government, homeland defense, or corporate security, should pursue the Security Management area of emphasis.

The Administration of Justice Department also offers a Police Academy, Corrections Academy, Security Academy, and Public Safety Dispatch course.

Career Opportunities

  • Adjudicator/Judge1
  • Arson Investigator
  • Bar Examiner1
  • Correctional Officer
  • Crime Lab/Forensic Technician
  • Dispatcher
  • District Attorney1
  • Lawyer/Prosecutor/Public Defender1
  • Evidence Technician/Specialist
  • Federal Law Enforcement1
    • Border Patrol Agent1
    • FBI1
    • Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    • Postal Inspector
    • Transportation Security Administration Officer
    • Treasury Agent1
    • Secret Service1
    • U.S. Marshall1
  • Fingerprint Examiner
  • Forensic Scientist1
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Fraud/Forgery Investigator
  • Latent Print Examiner
  • Parole/Probation Officer
  • Police Officer/Deputy Sheriff/Highway Patrol
  • Security Director*
  • Security Manager
  • Security Officer
  • Traffic Officer

Bachelor’s Degree or higher is usually required.

The Program-level Student Learning Outcomes (PSLOs) below are outcomes that students will achieve after completing specific degree / certificate requirements in this program. Students will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to the AOJ certificate / degree program completed.
  2. Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior.
  3. Communicate effectively, in written, verbal and non-verbal forms.
  4. Identify the major components of the criminal justice system, current and historical, including laws enforcement, courts and corrections.
  5. Describe and/or demonstrate the stages of a criminal investigation and the protocol of evidence collection, preservation, and analysis.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

AOJ-110Introduction to Administration of Justice3
AOJ-200Criminal Law3
AOJ-202Criminal Evidence3
AOJ-204Criminal Trial Process3
AOJ-230Public Safety Communications3
AOJ-240Community and the Justice System3
Select twelve (12) additional units from the following:12
Community Policing and Patrol Procedure
Traffic Law and Enforcement
Gangs and Law Enforcement
Probation and Parole
Digital Investigations
Criminal Investigation
Juvenile Procedures
Leadership in Criminal Justice
Public Service Internship
Public Service Internship
Terrorism and Homeland Security
Total Units30

Plus General Education and Elective Requirements

Certificate of Achievement

Any student who chooses to complete only the courses required for the above major qualifies for a Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.