Administration of Justice (AA) Public Safety Total Units: 18.0

Term Effective: Spring 2012

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2013

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

Previous Versions:

Administration of Justice - effective Fall 2011
Administration of Justice - effective Fall 2010
Administration of Justice - effective Spring 2009
Administration of Justice - effective Summer 2006
Administration of Justice - effective Fall 2003


The Administration of Justice major provides practical and technical instruction to meet the requirements of various law enforcement/corrections agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

Jobs in law enforcement include police officer and deputy sheriff, special police officers, and tribal police officer.

Jobs in corrections include adult corrections officer, juvenile correctional counselor, probation or parole officer, and youth supervisor or caseworker.

*Students interested in the Law Enforcement component of the major should choose AJ 25 and AJ 54A from the program requirement options below.

*Students interested in the Corrections component of the major should choose AJ 53 and AJ 70 from the program requirement options below. Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze relationships and interactions between citizens and the criminal justice system in a social and cultural context and develop a communication style consistent with legal requirements that encompass cultural understanding;
  2. evaluate situations and incidents to determine if a criminal law has been violated, and develop and implement an appropriate intervention strategy consistent with constitutional protections and safeguards;
  3. evaluate and analyze a crime scene to ensure the proper recognition, identification, collection, preservation, and scientific analysis of physical evidence; and
  4. examine the pre-trial, trial, and post-trial elements of the criminal justice system to ensure constitutional and statutory requirements are maintained consistent with public safety standards.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Administration of Justice program are:

  • Complete 18.0 units from
    • Administration of Justice Requirements

Administration of Justice Requirements - complete 18.00 units
AJ 21Introduction to Administration of Justice3.00
AJ 22Concepts of Criminal Law3.00
AJ 55Criminal Court Process3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
AJ 25Community Relations3.00
AJ 54AIntroduction to Evidence3.00
AJ 51ABasic Criminal Investigation3.00
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 70Introduction to Corrections3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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