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Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement

Associate in Science Degree

The Administration of Justice Associate's Degree program at West Valley College focuses on preparing students for a diverse range of careers in law enforcement. The curriculum is designed to provide students with the basic skills that includes the theory and practice of law enforcement, correctional science and paralegal and legal assistant training. Law enforcement courses focus on police activities including effective patrol services to the public. Correctional science courses provide instruction on the incarceration process as well as rehabilitation of the offender. Potential careers specific to this degree include, but are not limited to: police officer or deputy sheriff, detention officer, correctional officer, probation officer, parole agent, and positions in the security and protective services area. Working professionals in criminal justice and corrections can earn significant pay increases by obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Administration of Justice.

Major Core Requirements (21 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ADMJ001Introduction to Administration of Justice3 units
ADMJ002Concepts of Criminal Law 3 units
ADMJ003Principles & Procedures of the Justice System3 units
ADMJ004Legal Aspects of Evidence3 units
ADMJ005Criminal Investigation3 units
ADMJ021Community Relations3 units
ADMJ023Police Report Writing3 units

Major Electives (9 units)

Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
ADMJ008Juvenile Procedures3 units
ADMJ014Alcohol, Narcotics and Drug Abuse3 units
ADMJ015Sexual Assault Investigation3 units
ADMJ026Organized Crime3 units
ADMJ032Motorcycle, Prison, and Street Gangs3 units
ADMJ033Introduction to Probation and Parole3 units
ADMJ034Career Planning in Criminal Justice3 units
ADMJ041Introduction to Forensics3 units
ADMJ100GIntroduction to Corrections3 units

Total Major Units: 30 units

To be awarded an Associate Degree, a student must:

  1. Achieve a grade of “C” or better in the major requirements.
  2. Completion of WVC, CSU-Breadth, or IGETC General Education patterns. Students whose goal is to obtain a bachelor’s degree should complete the CSU-Breadth or IGETC General Education pattern.
  3. Complete additional degree applicable units to meet the minimum 60-unit Associate Degree requirements.

Upon successful completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Use legal research skills to locate, analyze, and discuss the content of statutory and case law.
  • Explain the underlying causes of antisocial and criminal behavior.
  • Apply critical thinking to research, evaluate, analyze and synthesize the appropriate procedures for the collection of evidence and data in criminal case preparation for law enforcement agencies.
  • Describe the individual functions and integrations of the components of the criminal justice system: police, courts, and corrections.
  • Articulate, either orally or in writing, concepts or theories applicable to the criminal justice system.
  • Apply Constitutional principles to the practice of criminal justice.
  • Develop, organize and write an objective report that meets the legal and detailed requirements of law enforcement agencies.
Last Updated 7/19/23