Administration of Justice – Associate in Science Degree for Transfer to CSU

Top Code: 2105.00

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) prepares students for entry-level positions as police officers, police reserve officers, police assistants, and community service officers in police and sheriff’s departments and for positions in private security as well as preparation for careers in probation, parole, and federal law enforcement agencies.

Emphasis is on critical thinking, oral communication skills, and writing skills essential to today’s law enforcement employees. Students are kept informed of changes in law enforcement such as community policing, laws of arrest, search and seizure, and updates to the state penal code. Role playing and Moot court presentation are included to enhance oral communication skills and preparation of written reports. Training is also provided in the area of crime analysis and use of computer technology in law enforcement.

PLEASE NOTE: The courses that universities and colleges require for transfer vary.  When selecting courses for transfer purposes, students should consult with Counseling Services to determine the particular transfer requirements of specific institutions.

Requirements for the Major

All courses must be completed with a grade of C or better.  All courses must be numbered 1-99.  Students must complete a minimum of 18-19 units, as set forth in the two tables below.

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer degree will be awarded upon completion of coursework totaling 60 California State University (CSU) transferable units including the above major requirements and the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.0. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of “C” or better, or P if the course is graded on a P/NP basis. (Students completing this degree are not required to fulfill additional PCC graduation requirements)

Pasadena City College may certify a maximum of 37-39 units as having fulfilled the CSU lower division general education requirements.

Program Outcomes

  1. Identify the education stages to successfully enter a law enforcement academy consisting of academics, physical training, firearms, and Code of Ethics requirements for the law enforcement officer as a professional.
  2. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of the law enforcement profession consisting of the role of the police, the courts, and corrections.
  3. Explain an understanding of the role of the community in a partnership with law enforcement including but not limited to interpersonal skills of effective written and oral communications plus critical thinking required of a law enforcement officer.
  4. Outline and discuss the moral/legal aspects of the use of firearms, impact weapons, chemical agents, Laws of Evidence, the preparation of Search and Arrest Warrants and the collection of physical evidence at a crime scene.

Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer Degree

Required Courses
AJ 010INTRODUCTION TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE3
AJ 012CONCEPTS OF CRIMINAL LAW3
List A
Select two of the following (6 units):6
LEGAL ASPECTS OF EVIDENCE
PRINCIPLES AND PROCEDURES OF THE JUSTICE SYSTEM
COMMUNITY RELATIONS
PRINCIPLES OF INVESTIGATION
List B
Select two of the following (minimum 6 units):6-7
INTRODUCTORY SOCIOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PROBLEMS
INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
HONORS INTRODUCTORY PSYCHOLOGY
STATISTICS FOR BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS
STATISTICS FOR BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
HONORS ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
Required Subtotal18-19
CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units)
Degree Total60

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General Education Requirements for the Associate in Science Degree