Associate of Science in Administration of Justice - Law Enforcement (AS)

Division: Social Sciences

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement through the study of criminal law, laws of evidence, report writing, etc. Students will acquire knowledge necessary for advanced academic studies.

Program Outcomes

  • Identify and explain foundational criminal justice concepts associated with procedural, substantive, and evidence law.
  • Identify and explain the structure and function of the American criminal justice system – law enforcement, corrections and courts.
  • Explain the importance of developing and maintaining proper professional criminal justice standards of ethical behavior.
  • Explain the importance of developing and cultivating effective police-community relations with a myriad of different communities inclusive of cultural customs, beliefs and life styles.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields:  local municipal police departments, county sheriff’s departments, and private investigative agencies. At the state level, employment opportunities exist with the California Highway Patrol, Department of Alcoholic Beverage, Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Fish and Game, Department of Justice, etc. Note: All law enforcement agencies have specific employment and training requirements, beyond academic achievement.

Note

This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

GENERAL EDUCATION AND SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
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REQUIRED MAJOR COURSES21
AJ 011Intro to Criminal Justice *3
AJ 013Community Relations3
AJ 014Criminal Law 13
AJ 112Legal Aspects of Evidence3
AJ 118Criminal Investigation3
AJ 119Criminal Identification3
AJ 219Police Patrol Procedures3
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RESTRICTED ELECTIVES9
Select a minimum of nine units from the following courses:
AJ 025Constitutional Law *3
AJ 045Terrorism and Freedom3
AJ 111Criminal Justice Communication3
AJ 113Juvenile Laws & Procedures3
AJ 114Juvenile Delinquency3
AJ 115Criminal Law 23
AJ 123Criminal Justice Ethics *3
WEXP 193 JAJ Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-4
WEXP 194 JAJ Work Exp-2nd Sem1-4
WEXP 195 JAJ Wrk Exp-3rd Sem1-4
WEXP 196 JAJ Wrk Exp-4th Sem1-4
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ELECTIVES8-14
Select additional degree applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units.
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TOTAL60

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair), 
  2. General Education Requirements, 
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).