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    Irvine Valley College
    Jun 14, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition 
2019-2020 Catalog: September 2019 Edition [ARCHIVED]

Administration of Justice

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


The Administration of Justice Program is dedicated to offering a quality program that will meet the lifelong learning needs of our students and communities and prepare them for employment in various agencies within the criminal justice system and/or transfer. Our faculty is devoted to the professional delivery of instruction that will enhance our student’s lives and their academic and vocational success.


The department offers a wide range of courses that will prepare students for transfer to upper division coursework towards a four-year degree, and  prepare students to seek employment in various agencies of the criminal 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 Commission of Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) in California. The program also sponsors a chapter of American Criminal Justice Association - Lambda Alpha Epsilon, a nationally recognized organization for promoting ethics, professionalism, and education in the criminal justice field.


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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