The Administration of Justice program offers an Associate of Arts Degree to prepare students for the skills necessary to work in the criminal justice field, in both public and private sectors.  The Administration of Justice degree is ideally suited for students who desire to transfer to a four year institution to continue academic endeavors or to enter the workforce. The Administration of Justice program combines both academic and practitioner perspectives to the study of crime in a global society.  The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer is designed to prepare students for fields related to law enforcement, corrections, courts, social service, and the private sector.  Students who successfully complete the program will be eligible to transfer to the California State University system to continue study in Administration of Justice, Corrections including Probation and Parole, Social Services, or Legal-Pre Law Studies.

To be awarded the Associate Degree for Transfer, students must have the following:
  • Completion of 60 CSU transferable semester units.
  • A minimum of at least 2.0 GPA in CSU transferable courses (note that a higher GPA may be required in some institutions).
  • Completion of at least 18 units in the major with a grade of “C” or better. A “P” (Pass) grade is also an acceptable grade for courses in the major if the course is taken on a Pass/No Pass basis.
  • Certified completion of the CSU General Education-Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements, or completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) for CSU requirements.

Please Note: No more than 60 semester units are required for this degree and no additional requirements will be imposed by Evergreen Valley College.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communication necessary in the criminal justice field.
  • Interpret and analyze  information, concepts, and theories of the criminal justice system from multiple perspectives.
  • Apply and integrate terminology, concepts, and practices of law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.
  • Recognize the value of a multicultural society and the importance of social justice within the community both personally and within the criminal justice field.
  • Analyze and consider personal decisions and ideas related to the criminal justice system that are based on civility, civic responsibility, and public perception.

Required Courses

Major Requirements

Course Title Units
Core Requirements  
AJ 010 Introduction to Administration Of Justice 3
AJ 011 Criminal Law 3
List A: Select two of the following: 6

AJ 013

Criminal Procedures  

AJ 015

Introduction to Criminal Investigation  

AJ 019

Law Enforcement in Multicultural Communities  

AJ 111

Juvenile Law and Procedures  

AJ 112

Introduction to Evidence  

AJ 115

Introduction to Forensic Science  

AJ 116

Introduction to Corrections  
List B: Select two of the following: 6

Any List A course not already taken


AJ 014

Contemporary Police Issues  

SOC 010

Introduction to Sociology  


General Psychology  

MATH 063

Elementary Statistics  

or BUS 060

Fundamentals of Business Statistics

Total Requirements 

Course Title Units
Major Requirements 18
CSU GE-Breadth or IGETC for CSU 1 37-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)  
Total Units 60

 Some GE courses may be double-counted within the major and will reduce the number of units.  General electives may be needed to reach 60 units. Please consult with a counselor to determine which courses are applicable.

What is a Program Map?

A program map is a suggested semester-by-semester plan to help you complete the courses required for a particular degree or certificate. It is based on the major sheet for the particular degree or certificate you are interested in. It includes courses required for the major, general education and any necessary electives. 

A program map is a representation of the major sheet. It includes the specific specialty courses in a major, general education courses and any necessary electives. 

What is a Major Sheet?

A major sheet includes a description of the program you are interested in, what you can expect to learn once you have completed the program (Program Learning Outcomes) and the specific specialty courses you will need to complete within a major.