There are four separate Justice Studies degrees available from SBCC. Each degree provides an area of emphasis that best suits the professional and/or educational needs of our students. Those degrees are:
1. Law Enforcement
With an emphasis on the operations, philosophy, and ethics of police agencies, this degree is ideally suited for students interested in understanding the nature of law enforcement as it pertains to detecting crime, investigations, apprehending law violators, preparing a case for trial, and crime prevention.
2. Legal Studies
With an emphasis on law, this degree is ideally suited for students interested in understanding the history, philosophy, ethics, and practice of the American legal system.
With an emphasis on the sociology and psychology of crime, this degree is ideally suited for students interested in understanding the nature, extent, causes, and control of criminal behavior in both the individual and society.
4. Administration of Justice for Transfer (Effective Fall, 2012)
This degree provides the foundational knowledge in the Administration of Justice to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Criminal Justice. As per California Education Code sections 66746-66749, students successfully completing an "associate degree for transfer" are guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU) campus. Such students will transfer with junior standing and be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student's community college area of emphasis.