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Taft College’s ADMJ/CJA Program currently has three degrees and one certificate:

Agency Hiring Requirements

Most law enforcement agencies have extensive testing procedures prior to hiring including written, oral, and psychological tests and require the applicant to complete additional rigorous academy training prior to being hired. Most federal agencies require a bachelor’s degree prior to appointment. Security officers employed in the state of California must take additional courses and pass state approved examinations in order to meet state mandates. Students with felony convictions are not able to secure most law enforcement jobs, and those with other significant non-felony criminal records are encouraged to research hiring requirements before taking these courses.

Administration of Justice – Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AST)

The Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer degree provides a clear and direct route for transfer to upper division work in the Administration of Justice major through structured and semi-structured opportunities for students to develop and master the knowledge, skills, and values consistent with the theory and application of Administration of Justice. The program curriculum provides an examination of crime, crime control, the justice process, and justice institutions in the United States. The program emphasizes the structure and functions of institutions as a development of changes in theory and philosophy of justice in the United States. This curriculum provides a solid foundation upon which to build an Administration of Justice Major at a four-year school. The degree guarantees transfer to a CSU as a junior.


To earn an Associate in Science in Administration of Justice degree for Transfer (AS-T), students must complete all course requirements with a minimum grade of “C” in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis; and must complete the General Education Breadth pattern for CSU’s with an overall GPA of 2.0. There are no local graduation requirements associated with th is degree. Additionally, students shall be deemed eligible for transfer into a California State University baccalaureate program when the student meets both the following requirements:

1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
a. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education-Breadth Requirements.
b. A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
2. Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0


Criminal Justice Administration: Associate in Science (CJA)

The Criminal Justice Administration degree or certificate prepares students for a career in criminal justice. The student will gain knowledge to apply principles of the justice system in a variety of settings including law enforcement to corrections. Emphasis is placed on arrest, search and seizure, human relations, and concepts of criminal law. There are pre-employment physical considerations and therefore students are advised to consult with the instructors before applying for a criminal justice position.


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If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree with the CJA major, it is critical that you meet with a TC counselor or determine the correct courses for your major at your destination University. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that TC requires for an associate degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.


Although this program provides an education to obtain various certifications, this program does not directly confer certifications or licensees for employment. All students are encouraged to explore information on entrance requirements, training, and career opportunities to determine specific agency certification requirements.

Criminal Justice Administration: Associate in Science – Corrections (Degree and Certificate)

Along with the requirements above, to obtain the correctional degree and certificate the following classes must be taken:

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