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Security Management 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.

The Security Management program leads to a Certificate of Achievement and/or Associate Degree and is designed to prepare individuals for entry level management positions in loss prevention and asset protection in government and business. Security management is one of the fastest growing public safety and business-related occupations. Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of public and private organizations including contract service, government, healthcare, homeland defense, industrial, entertainment, sports, retail, and transportation environments. Salaries for security managers are competitive with those found in public law enforcement and business management occupations.

Associate Degree Major Requirements

AOJ-110Introduction to Administration of Justice3
AOJ-111Introduction to Security Management3
AOJ-201Legal Aspects of Security Management3
AOJ-207Investigative Techniques for Security Management3
AOJ-230Public Safety Communications3
AOJ-240Community and the Justice System3
AOJ-260Information Security3
AOJ-264Terrorism and Homeland Security3
Total Units24

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 Security Management. An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records Office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.