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2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition 
2017-2018 Catalog: August 2017 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Administration of Justice

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Dean: Traci Fahimi
Academic Chair: Colin McCaughey
Faculty: Colin McCaughey


The department offers a wide range of courses that will enable students to find employment in various agencies of the administration of justice system. The curriculum is designed to acquaint pre-service and in-service students with the principles and practices of criminal justice in America. Involvement in courses offered each semester will provide a sound foundation for students intending to pursue careers or further study in law enforcement, corrections, supervision and administration, parole and court duties, private security, and pre-law programs.

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.). The program also sponsors a chapter of Lambda Alpha Epsilon of the American Criminal Justice Association, a professional law enforcement association.


Local civil service regulations govern the appointment of police officers in practically all large and many small cities. Eligibility for appointment depends upon performance in competitive examinations as well as education and experience. Students at Irvine Valley College may earn the Associate in Science degree or Associate in Science Degree for Transfer, or Certificate of Achievement in either law enforcement or supervision.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Law Enforcement

Upon completion of the administration of justice program in law enforcement, students will be able to

  • Identify career opportunities within the law enforcement component of the criminal justice system
  • Identify the steps involved in the hiring process of law enforcement personnel.


Upon completion of the administration of justice program in supervision, students will be able to

  • Identify the skills and abilities required to be an effective law enforcement supervisor.
  • Describe the importance of ethical decision-making while in a supervisory and/or leadership role.

Potential Careers (for Non-Transfer Degree Recipients)

Examples of careers for the administration of justice major include the following:

  • Corrections Officer
  • Defense Attorney
  • Forensic Investigations
  • Homeland Security
  • Investigator (criminal and civil)
  • Law Enforcement Officer (local, state, federal)
  • Legal Aide
  • Legal Assistant
  • Parole Officer
  • Private Security Operator
  • Probation Officer
  • Prosecutor
  • Security Guard


    Associate in ScienceAssociate in Science for TransferCertificate of Achievement

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