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Grossmont College will award an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice upon students who successfully complete the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 60 semester units of college work. Achievement of a "C" (2.0) grade point average in all college work presented to meet degree requirements. Please note "P/NP" classes do not qualify for degree or certificate program.
  • Meeting the general education requirements as defined in the Grossmont College catalog.
  • Completion of the major course requirements in the field of Administration of Justice, as designated by the College catalog.
  • Any student who chooses to complete only the Administration of Justice core curriculum plus one of the areas of emphasis qualifies for a certificate in that area.
  • An official request must be filed with the Admissions and Records office prior to the deadline as stated in the Academic Calendar.

Students should be aware that prior felony or any misdemeanor or felony domestic violence convictions, and some psychological holds, are disqualifying. TROs (Temporary Restraining Orders) can also be a disqualifier.
Prior substance abuse (including marijuana) and other disqualifiers may apply in specific positions related to law enforcement or forensics.

You must pay all tuition immediately or you will be dropped from the course. This may not apply to VA or Financial Aid applicants. Contact your counselor for verification. If you are dropped, you are not given priority to re-enroll.


Administration of Justice Degree

Core Curriculum (Required for all AOJ degrees or certificates, except Forensic Technology & Security Management)
*Bold indicates courses are available online
Subject Name Course Description Units
AOJ 110 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
AOJ 200 Criminal Law 3
AOJ 202 Criminal Evidence 3
AOJ 204 Criminal Trial Process 3
AOJ 230 Public Safety Communications 3
AOJ 240 Community and Justice System 3
Total 18

Area of Emphasis

Law Enforcement
Requires 12 additional units from below (in addition to Core Curriculum above):

Subject Name Description Units
AOJ 111 Introduction to Security Management 3
AOJ 120 Community Policing and Patrol Procedure 3
AOJ 122 Traffic Law & Enforcement 3
AOJ 128 Defensive Tactics 1
AOJ 142 Legal Systems and Court Management 3
AOJ 155 Mobile Forensics 3
AOJ 206 Criminal Investigations 3
AOJ 208 Juvenile Procedure 3
AOJ 210 Public Safety and Security Administration 3
AOJ 214 Public Service Internship 2
AOJ 215 Public Service Internship 2
Total 12
Plus Core Curriculum above 18
Total for Certificate 30
Plus General Education courses and electives for degree (min.) 60

Note:  if you have completed a California Regular Basic Course (RBC) Police Academy or a Module I Police academy, you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 120, 122, 128, 206 and 230.

You might also be able to take AOJ 214 and 215 if currently working in public safety. Contact the AOJ office for more details: 619-644-7323 or Kathy.sentz@gcccd.edu

Some courses are offered on a rotating basis, between days, nights and online.  Please check Webadvisor for most current offerings.

Area of Emphasis

CORRECTIONS

Requires 11 additional units from below (in addition to Core Curriculum above):

AOJ 111 Introduction to Security Management 3
AOJ 125 Introduction to Corrections 3
AOJ 126 Control and Supervision in Corrections 3
AOJ 128 Defensive Tactics 1
AOJ 140 Correctional Counseling/Interviewing 3
AOJ 208 Juvenile Procedure 3
AOJ 210 Public Safety Administration 3
AOJ 214 Public Service Internship 2
AOJ 215 Public Service Internship 2
Total 11
Plus Core Curriculum above 18
Total for Certificate 29
Plus General Education Courses and electives for degree (min.) 60

Note:  if you have completed the Grossmont College Corrections Academy, you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 125, 126 and 128.

If you have completed the Ca. Dept. of Corrections and Rehabilitation Academy (CDC&R), you may be eligible to receive credit for AOJ 125, 126, 128 and 140.

You might also be able to take AOJ 214 and 215 if currently working in corrections. Contact the AOJ office for more details: 619-644-7323 or Kathy.sentz@gcccd.edu

Area of Emphasis

FORENSIC TECHNOLOGY (core is included)

Requires all courses listed below:

Subject Name Description Units
AOJ 110 Intro to Administration of Justice 3
AOJ 148 Fingerprint Identification 3
AOJ 150 Forensic Photography 4
AOJ 155 Mobile Forensics (required as of fall 2016 new students) 3
AOJ 200 Criminal Law 3
AOJ 202 Criminal Evidence 3
AOJ 206 Criminal Investigations 3
AOJ 218 Forensic Technology 4
AOJ 220 Advanced Forensic Technology 4
AOJ 252 Advanced Forensic Photography 4
AOJ 254 Advanced Fingerprint Identification 3
BIO 120 Principles of Biology 4
CHEM 113 Forensic Chemistry 4
TOTAL 45
Total for Certificate 45
Plus General Education and electives for degree (min.) 60

Recommended electives:

AOJ 224 Public Service Internship 2
AOJ 225 Public Service Internship 2


Area of Emphasis

Security Management (core is included)

Requires all courses listed below:

Subject Name Course Description Units
AOJ 110 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
AOJ 111 Introduction to Security Management 3
AOJ 201 Legal Aspects of Security Management 3
AOJ 207 Investigative Techniques for Security Management 3
AOJ 210 Public Safety and Security Administration 3
AOJ 230 Public Safety Communications 3
AOJ 260 Information Security 3
AOJ 264 Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
Total 24
Effective Fall 2014
Total AOJ Units Required for Certificate 24
Plus General Education and electives for degree (min.) 60
Recommended Electives:
AOJ 171 Security Academy
AOJ 214 Public Service Internship
AOJ 215 Public Service Internship
BUS 110 Introduction to Business
BUS 120 Financial Accounting
BUS 121 Managerial Accounting
BUS 172 Introduction to Microcomputer Applications


Note: To advance quickly to top level management positions, Associate degree graduates are encouraged to pursue a bachelors degree in business administration. However, students should be aware that upper division baccalaureate business administration programs may require specific lower division (freshman-sophomore) prerequisites. Students who wish to transfer to a university upper division business school or college should consult with the "receiving institution" to identify all lower division prerequisite courses that may be completed at Grossmont College as part of the general education/ elective requirements in the associate degree program.

In addition, we also have a 80 hour Security Academy for entry level security officers.

You may want to visit ASIS for more information on Security Management. http://www.asisonline.org/

Please note: not all courses are offered each semester due to budget cuts. Defensive tactics (AOJ 128) may be taken at another community college and transferred in for credit, as well as other AOJ courses.

Last Updated: 07/31/2017
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