Areas of Interest

Administration of Justice



About the Administration of Justice Program (Criminal Justice)

Pursue Your Passion for Criminal Law, Launch an Administration of Justice Career

Santa Monica College’s Administration of Justice program prepares students for careers in local, state, and federal law enforcement; security; and courtroom operations. Our courses familiarize you with the American justice system. Learn about crime causes, the role of administration of justice practitioners, the role of law enforcement, evidence procedures, juvenile procedures, and criminal law. Apply principles of the justice system; constitutional and procedural considerations affecting an arrest and search and seizure; human relations; and concepts of criminal law.

Students completing this program will be prepared to transfer and major in criminal justice. Start and grow in your career in administration of justice and criminal law, and access a broad range of job opportunities.

Courses Offered

AD JUS 1, Introduction to Administration of Justice, 3 units
Transfer: UC, CSU. C-ID: AJ 110.

AD JUS 2, Concepts of Criminal Law, 3 units
Transfer: UC, CSU C-ID: AJ 120.

AD JUS 3, Legal Aspects of Evidence, 3 units
Transfer: CSU. C-ID: AJ 124.

AD JUS 5, Criminal Investigation, 3 units
Transfer: CSU. C-ID: AJ 140.

AD JUS 8, Juvenile Procedures, 3 units
Transfer: CSU. C-ID: AJ 220.

AD JUS 11, Introduction to Forensics, 3 units
Transfer: CSU. C-ID: AJ 150.

AD JUS 67, Community and the Justice System, 3 units
Transfer: CSU. C-ID: AJ 160.

Transfer Preparation

Many colleges and universities offer baccalaureate degrees in this field. Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university need to know which courses completed at Santa Monica College will be accepted at the specific college/university. Please consult a Counselor. SMC has transfer articulation agreements with the many UC and CSU campuses, as well as many private and out-of-state institutions.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science for Transfer - Administration of Justice (Criminal Justice)

18 units + General Education Requirements

This AS-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). This degree will prepare you for an entry-level position as a police officer, police assistant, community service officer, or a police reserve officer. Other options include positions in private security, parole, or federal law enforcement agencies.

You will be educated in critical thinking and communication skills, as well as the concepts of criminal law and the fundamentals of administration of justice.

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Emergency Management Directors Bachelor Degree $119,482
Compliance Managers Bachelor Degree $73,215
Security Managers Bachelor Degree $73,215
Loss Prevention Managers Bachelor Degree $73,215
Labor Relations Specialists Bachelor Degree $83,518
Security Management Specialists Bachelor Degree $86,878
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives High School Diploma or More $150,010
Police Detectives High School Diploma or More $122,658
Police Identification and Records Officers High School Diploma or More $122,658
Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs High School Diploma or More $103,646
Police, Fire, and Ambulance Dispatchers High School Diploma or More $62,069