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Criminal Justice Degrees, Certificates, and Scheduling Guides

The Criminal Justice Option Degree is designed to provide students with a solid base for additional study at a four-year institution and for entry level employment in federal, state, local or private criminal justice agencies. Completion of the Law Enforcement Option Certificate exceeds the minimum P.O.S.T. requirements for entry level employment as peace officers. Completion of course requirements listed for the Corrections Officer Program Certificate provides students with the knowledge and skills required for criminal justice professionals, especially those working in the Corrections field, and provides knowledge and skills based on new legal and/or judicial rulings.

PROGRAM OF STUDY

Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer AS-T Degree for Transfer
 
The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer (AS-T) prepares students to move into a curriculum at a four-year institution leading to a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice. Please consult a counselor regarding specific course requirements for your transfer institution. Completion of the AS-T degree also provides guaranteed admission with junior status to the CSU system, along with priority admission to the local CSU, Fullerton, in the Criminal Justice major. See the Santa Ana College course catalog for a list of additional requirements for all Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) deg rUeepso.n completion of the AS-T in Administration of Justice students will have a greater understanding of illegal behavior and how their behavior interacts with the criminal justice system. The student will also learn the operation of the criminal justice system from arrest, trial, corrections and release into the community.

Required Core (6 units)
CJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 units)
CJ 103 Concepts of Criminal Law (3 units)

List A - Select two courses (6 units) Units
CJ 102 Introduction to Corrections (3 units)
CJ 105 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3 units)
CJ 107 Principles and Procedures in the Criminal Justice System (3 units)
CJ 108 Crime Scene Investigation (3 units)
CJ 109 Community Interaction (3 units)
CJ 205 Criminal Investigation Principles (3 units)
CJ 220 Juvenile Delinquency and Control (3 units)

List B – select two course (6 units) Units
MATH 219 Statistics and Probability (4 units)
or
MATH 219H Honors Statistics and Probability (4 units)
or
SOCS 219 Statistics and Probability (4 units)
or
SOCS 219H Honors Statistics and Probability (4 units)
PHIL 110 Critical Thinking (4 units)
or
PHIL 110H Honors Critical Thinking (4 units)
PHIL 111 Introductory Logic (4 units)
POLT 101 Introduction to American Governments (3 units)
or
POLT 101H Honors Introduction to American Governments (3 units)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
or
PSYC 100H Honors Introduction to Psychology (3 units)
SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
or
SOC 100H Honors Introduction to Sociology (3 units)
CJ 106 Coroner Death Investigations (3 units)
CJ 210 Drug Abuse and Criminal Justice (3 units)

Total General Education Units:
  CSU-General Education Breadth OR 41*
  Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) 39*
  CSU Transferable Elective Units: As Needed to Total 60 degree units
Total Number of Degree Units 60
Total Units 18 – 20PID 369

 

Criminal Justice Option Degree (SAC 0617)

(Formerly: Law Enforcement Option Degree SAC 0607) 
Major requirements for the associate in arts degree (27 Units required):​
Course​ ​Units
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3
Criminal Justice 102, Introduction​ to Corrections 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System 3​
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction (effective Fall 2015)​ 3​
Criminal Justice 148, Writing Skills for Criminal Justice Personnel​ 3​
Select 6 units from the following:
Criminal Justice 106, Coroner Death Investigation​ 3​
​Criminal Justice 108, Crime Scene Investigation 3​
Criminal Justice 110, Street Gangs​ ​3
​Criminal Justice 205, Criminal Investigation Principles (effective Fall 2015) ​ 3​​
Criminal Justice 209, Organized Crime​ 3​
Criminal Justice 220, Juvenile Delinquency & Control​ 3​
 

Completion of Criminal Justice Academies 100, Basic Police Academy, will satisfy the requirements in lieu of the above 6 units of electives. All students must complete the basic seven course core curriculum to qualify for the degree.

​Corrections Officer Certificate Program (SAC 1696)​
Course​ Units
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 102, Introduction to Corrections​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
​Criminal Justice 148, Writing Skills for Criminal Justice Personnel​ ​3
    TOTAL  ​ 15​
 
An additional 12 units will be awarded for completion of the basic correctional officer’s academy which is attended after employment with the California Department of Corrections.
 
 
​Law Enforcement Option Certificate (SAC 0592) ​
Major requirements for the certificate:
Course​ Units​
Criminal Justice Academies 010, Pre-Employment Preparation for Law Enforcement ​ 1​
Criminal Justice Academies 100, Basic Police Academy​ 24​
Criminal Justice 101, Introduction to Criminal Justice​ 3​
Criminal Justice 103, Concepts of Criminal Law​ 3​
Criminal Justice 105, Legal Aspects of Evidence​ 3​
Criminal Justice 107, Principles & Procedures in the Criminal Justice System ​ 3​
Criminal Justice 109, Community Interaction​ 3​
 
 Recommended electives: Criminal Justice Academies 021, *N26, 060, 066, 068, 070, 071, 083.
 

  *Courses which have an “N” preceding the number may be required for the major, but are not applicable to the 60 units required for the degree. 

 
Class Scheduling Guide for Criminal Justice AA Degree and Administration of Justice AS-T Degree
 
Note: This is only a guide.  Students should consult with an Academic Counselor before following the below recommendations.
 
WHEN TO COMPLETE?
COURSE AND UNITS
SEMESTER COURSE OFFERINGS
COMMENTS
FALL SEMESTER YEAR ONE
AA & AS-T: CJ 101 (3)

 
All
 
CJ 101 is a required course for either degree option.  Students can take an additional elective or any CJ course if they choose to. 
SPRING SEMESTER YEAR ONE
AA & AS-T: CJ 105 (3)
F, SP
 
CJ 105 is a recommended second course.  It is required for the AA degree, but is only an elective for the AS-T degree. Students can take CJ courses in any order.
AA & AS-T: CJ 107 (3)
F, SP
CJ 107 is a recommended third course, It is required for the AA degree, but is only an elective for the AS-T degree. Students can take CJ courses in any order.
AA & AS-T: Any CJ elective
 (3)
As scheduled in F,SP
Most CJ electives are offered at least once each semester (except CJ 110)
FALL SEMESTER YEAR TWO
AA: CJ 148 (3)
F, SP
CJ 148 is a required course for the AA, but not the AS-T.  Because of the amount of writing involved, students pursuing the AA degree are advised not to wait to take CJ 148 until the last semester.
AA & AS-T: CJ 103 (3)
F, SP
CJ 103 is a required course for either degree option. This course provides detailed legal information, so students should complete CJ 101 before (however, CJ 101 is not a prerequisite).  Students pursuing the AS-T have now obtained the required 12 AJ units, and have the option to complete six more AJ units, which are not included in this plan.  Contact a counselor for details.
AA: Any CJ  elective
 (3)
As scheduled in F, SP
Most CJ electives are offered at least once each semester (except CJ 110)
SPRING SEMESTER YEAR TWO
AA: CJ 109 (3)
F, SP
CJ 109 is a recommended final semester course, but students can take it at any time.  CJ 109 is also scheduled to be a required course for the AA Degree effective Fall 2015 (see a counselor for specifics). 
AA: CJ 102 (3)
F,SP
CJ 102 is a recommended final semester course, but students can take it at any time.  Students interested in the field of corrections or probation should consider taking this course earlier.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Class Scheduling Guide for Criminal Justice Certificate in Corrections
 
WHEN TO COMPLETE?
COURSE AND UNITS
SEMESTER COURSE OFFERINGS
COMMENTS
FALL SEMESTER YEAR ONE
CJ 101 (3)

 
All
 
Students can take additional CJ courses for this semester towards the CJ Corrections Certificate if their schedule allows it.  However, students should take CJ101 in their first semester.
SPRING SEMESTER YEAR ONE
CJ 102 (3)
F, SP
 
CJ 102 is a recommended second course; however, students can take CJ courses in any order.
CJ 105 (3)
F, SP
CJ 105 is a recommended third course; however, students can take CJ courses in any order.
CJ 148 (3)
F, SP
Because of the amount of writing involved, students should not wait to take CJ148 until the last semester.
FALL SEMESTER YEAR TWO
CJ 103 (3)
F, SP
CJ 103 is a required course for the CJ Corrections Certificate.  This course provides detailed legal information, so students should complete CJ101 before (however, CJ 101 is not a prerequisite). 
 
 

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