Administration of Justice

Social & Behavioral Sciences

Learn the principles and practices of the criminal justice system in America and prepare yourself for a variety of careers in local, state, and federal agencies. 

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IVC's Administration of Justice program prepares students with the educational knowledge and experience they will need to transfer to a 4-year institution, to achieve a career in law enforcement and/or supervision, and to prepare to take the competitive written and oral examinations given by local, state, and federal agencies. The program provides a sound foundation for students intending to pursue careers in law enforcement, corrections, supervision and administration, probation and parole, private security, and law.

The Irvine Valley College Administration of Justice program is accredited by the California State Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.). It has earned a reputation as a community policing program that fosters the skills and attributes necessary for successful tenure in the various agencies of the criminal justice system.

Program Length

A full-time student may complete this program in 4 semesters. 

Transfer Options

IVC’s Administration of Justice for Transfer, AS-T helps students transfer to the CSU system. We encourage you to speak to one of our Administration of Justice faculty members, or an IVC Academic Counselor, to help you plan a degree path that’s right for your goals.

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Your success is our priority! Whether you are just starting, in the middle of, or completing your time at IVC, we have a team of people in your corner to help keep you on-track to reach your goals at IVC and beyond! 

Coming Soon: Completion Teams to get students from start to goal! Look for your team beginning fall 2021!

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

  • This is a sample academic plan for students interesting in transferring to UCI as a Criminology, Law, and Society Major. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific education goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH 10 or PSYC 10 Statistics2A & Major3
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1C3
AJ 2Introduction to Administration of Justice4 & Major3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
WR 2College Writing 2 - Critical Thinking 1B4
PSYC 1Introduction to Psychology4 & Major3
ArtsArts GE Course 3A3
HumanitiesHumanities GE Course 3B3
AJ 4Criminal Law I (Recommended Elective)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
PSYC 30 or 37Social Psychology or Abnormal Psychology4 & Major3
PSYC 2Research Methods in PsychologyMajor3
Life ScienceLife Science GE Course5B3
AJ 5Community and the Justice System (Recommended Elective)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleIGETC Area/MajorUnits
ENV 1Introduction to Environmental Studies4 & Major3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course3A or 3B3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE Course5A3
Physical Science LABPhysical Science GE Lab5C1
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)3
Transfer ElectiveUC Transfer Elective (Courses 1-99)2-3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Language Other than English requirement necessary to meet Full IGETC Certification.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Some CSU majors may have additional required or recommended courses for transfer. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
Math 10*Introduction to StatisticsB4 & Major3
AJ 2Introduction to Administration of JusticeD & Major3
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Learning & Self Dev.Lifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
AJ 4Criminal Law I (Recommended Elective)D & Major3
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
ArtsArts GE CourseC13
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ Major AJ AS-T Major Course from List AMajor3
AJ Major AJ AS-T Major Course from List AMajor3
HIST 20 or HIST 21American HistoryC23
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ Major AJ AS-T Major Course from List A or BMajor3
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Science LabPhysical Science GE LabB31
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)4
  1. Students can take Math 10 or any other math course that meets the CSU transfer math requirement in CSU GE Area B4.

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
Math Math GE Course1C3-5
AJ 2Introduction to Administration of Justice3 & Major3
AJ 3Introduction to EvidenceMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communication/ThinkingCommunication/Analytical Thinking GE Course1B3-4
AJ 4Criminal Law IMajor3
AJ 5Community and the Justice SystemMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ 105Introduction to InvestigationMajor3
AJ MajorAJ AS Major Course from List AMajor3
AJ MajorAJ AS Major Course from List AMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ MajorAJ AS Major Course from List AMajor3
AJ MajorAJ AS Major Course from List AMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23-5
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 2Introduction to Administration of Justice3
AJ 3Introduction to Evidence3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 4Criminal Law I3
AJ 5Police Community Relations3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 105Introduction to Investigation3
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
Math Math GE Course1C3-5
AJ 4Criminal Law I3 & Major3
AJ 3Introduction to EvidenceMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)2
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
Communication/ThinkingCommunication/Analytical Thinking GE Course1B3-4
AJ 5Police Community RelationsMajor3
PSYC 1Introduction to PsychologyMajor3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ 105Introduction to InvestigationMajor3
AJ 111Law Enforcement AdministrationMajor3
AJ MajorAdministration of Justice Course from List AMajor3
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE Course43
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAS GE Area/MajorUnits
AJ 112Police Supervision Major3
AJ MajorAdministration of Justice Course from List AMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course23
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
ElectiveDegree Applicable Elective (Courses 1-299)3
  • Note: This sample academic plan does not account for the Ethnic Studies requirement for the AS degree.
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 3Introduction to Evidence3
AJ 4Criminal Law I3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 5Police Community Relations3
PSYC 1Introduction to Psychology3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 105Introduction to Investigation3
AJ 111Law Enforcement Administration3
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleUnits
AJ 112Police Supervision 3
AJ - TBDAdministration of Justice Course from List A3
  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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