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Course Offerings

All courses in the ADMJ program is offered in Face-to-Face (F2F) and Online formats. Barring any unexpected class cancellations or issues in enrolling in general education courses a student can typically expect to complete the program of their choice within four semesters while attending Taft College. Additionally, the CJA – Corrections courses are now offered fully online for working professionals to pursue this degree easily.

Course Advisories

Course advisories in computational, reading, and writing skills have been established for entry-level degree and certificate-applicable courses and to each level of the pre-collegiate basic skills curriculum. Information regarding these advisories may be obtained in the Counseling Center.

C-ID Number in the Course Description

C-ID, the Course Identification Numbering System, is a faculty-driven system that was initially developed to assign identifying designations (C-ID numbers) to significant transfer courses. C-ID addresses the need for a “common course numbers” by providing a mechanism to identify comparable courses. Most C-ID numbers identify lower-division transferable courses commonly articulated between the California Community Colleges (CCC) and universities (including Universities of California, the California State Universities, as well as with many of California’s independent colleges and universities).

It provides information for students, staff, and faculty who must identify which community college courses best meet the expectations transfer partners have for courses that contribute to transfer into a major at specific universities. The C-ID descriptor also provides information for ongoing curriculum development and revision of lower division courses. In the catalog, C-ID numbers can be found at the end of the catalog description of a course. (Example: ADMJ 1501 = AJ 110).

The following courses have a C-ID:

ADMJ 1501
ADMJ 1502
ADMJ 1503
ADMJ 1504
ADMJ 1505
ADMJ 1506
ADMJ 1507
ADMJ 1508
ADMJ 1509

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Course Descriptions

ADMJ 1501 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) – Offered in F2F and Online each semester – Course meets all degree/certificate requirements
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 with a grade of “C” or better strongly recommended
Total hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU: UC
This course introduces the characteristics of the criminal justice system in the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped those principals and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross cultural context, emphasis is placed on the US justice system, particularly the structure and function of US police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, and sentencing and incarceration policies. C-ID: AJ 110

ADMJ 1502 Concepts of Criminal Law (3) – Offered F2F in Spring and Online in Fall semester
Prerequisite or Co-requisite: CJA 1501 Introduction to Administration of Justice or equivalent course
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU: UC
This course offers an analysis of the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification of crime, the general elements of crime, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. This course utilizes case law and case studies to introduce students to criminal law. The completion of this course offers a foundation upon which upper-division criminal justice course will build. The course will also include some limited discussion of prosecution and defense decision making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crimes. C-ID: AJ 120

ADMJ 1503 Criminal Court Process (3)
Advisory: Successful completion of English strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course provides an examination and analysis of due process in criminal proceedings from pre-arrest through trial and appeal utilizing statutory law and state and constitutional law precedents. C-ID: AJ 122

ADMJ 1504 Legal Aspects of Evidence (3)
Advisory: Successful completion of English strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course examines categories of evidence and legal rules governing its admission and exclusion in the criminal process. C-ID: AJ 124

ADMJ 1505 Criminal Investigation (3)
Advisory: Successful completion of English strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime, including organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence and the role of the investigator in the trial process. C-ID: AJ 140

ADMJ 1506 Introduction to Forensics (3) – F2F Only at this time
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations. It examines the methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents and controlled substances. C-ID: AJ 150

ADMJ 1507 Community and the Justice System (3)
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics covered may include crime prevention, restoration justice, conflict resolution, and ethics. C-ID: AJ 160

ADMJ 1508 Introduction to Corrections (3) Offered Online each semester – Introductory course for CJA Degree/Corrections Degree and Certificate
Advisory: Eligibility for English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course provides a critical analysis of punishment, the various types of punishment, alternatives to punishment, and the impact of punishment on the criminal justice system and a critical examination of the types of correctional institutions and the clients housed in each institution. The student may opt to receive credit in one of the following courses: CJA 1521 or ADMJ 1508. C-ID: AJ 200

ADMJ 1509 Juvenile Procedures (3)
Advisory: Eligibility for English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course is an examination of the origin, development, and organization of the Juvenile Justice System as it evolved in the American Justice System. The course explores the theories that focus on Juvenile Law, courts and processes, and the constitutional protections extended to juveniles administered in the American Justice system. C-ID: AJ 220

Criminal Justice Administration Courses

CJA 2115 Patrol Procedures (3) [FORMERLY CJA 15] – Summer Session (Face-to-Face class only)
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 with a grade of “C” or better strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course examines the basic responsibilities, techniques and methods of police patrol and operations, including theories of patrol, goals, patrol environment, hazards, community oriented policing, and problem-oriented policing. In addition, this course analyzes patrol supervision, staffing and deployment, special issues in patrol operations, upgrading the patrol function, traffic enforcement, the handling of criminal activity, report writing as well as ethics in law enforcement.

CJA 2131 Control and Supervision in Corrections (3) [FORMERLY CJA 31] – Offered Online every other semester
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 with a grade of “C” or better strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course offers an overview of the supervision of inmates in local, state and federal correctional institutions. The issues of control and supervision in a correctional environment will emphasize the role played by the correctional employee and incarcerated persons. Topics will include inmate sub-culture, gangs, substance abuse, violence, legal considerations, effects of overcrowding on inmates and staff, and coping techniques for correctional officers in a prison environment. The causes and effects of abusive behavior by correctional staff and inmates will also be discussed.

CJA 2133 Legal Aspects of Corrections (3) [FORMERLY CJA 33] – Offered Online every other semester
Advisory: Eligibility for English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course provides students with an awareness of the historical framework, concepts, and precedent that guide correctional practice. Course material will broaden the individual’s perspective of the corrections environment, the civil rights of prisoners and responsibilities and liabilities of correctional officials.

CJA 2134 Correctional Interviewing and Counseling (3) [FORMERLY CJA 34] – Offered Online every other semester
Advisory: Eligibility for English 1500 strongly recommended
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This course is an overview of the techniques in counseling available to practitioners in corrections. Appropriate techniques and theories in confidence building which may be used by the correctional employee in client interviews and counseling will be covered. This is a basic course for students planning to enter, or already employed within, the correctional science field.

CJA 2135 Public Safety Communications (3) [FORMERLY CJA 35] – Offered Online every other semester
Advisory: Successful completion of English 1500 with a grade of “C” or better
Total Hours: 48 hours lecture
Transfer Credit: CSU
This is an introductory course dealing with all aspects of public safety communication. It will cover the techniques of effectively communicating facts, information, and ideas in a clear and logical manner for a variety of public safety communications, i.e. crime/violation/incident reports, letters, memoranda, directives, and administrative reports. The course includes experience opportunities in interviewing, note taking, and report writing.