Justice Studies

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Welcome to Justice Studies

(formerly Administration of Justice)


"The administration of justice is the firmest pillar of government."

-George Washington-

Mission Statement

The School of Justice Studies provides students with the legal, ethical and educational background necessary to pursue a career in a criminal justice-related field and/or to successfully transition into a 4-year academic program.

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Program Description

The School of Justice Studies Program is designed to qualify students for entry into the field of law, law enforcement, or corrections directly from Santa Barbara City College, as well as for those who desire two years of criminal justice study for transfer to the State University system or law school. California certificated instructors, with criminal justice and/or legal experience, teach all School of Justice Studies courses offered at Santa Barbara City College. Full college credit is granted for each course successfully completed, and a Certificate of Achievement or Associate in Science/Arts Degree is awarded upon completion of the respective program chosen.

The criminal justice system is a diversified occupational area with available employment opportunities on the federal, state and county levels: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Border Patrol, California Highway Patrol, municipal police departments, county sheriff’s departments, federal and state departments of correction, probation and parole.

The School of Justice Studies at Santa Barbara City College currently offers three A.S. degrees and one A.A. Degree in Administration of Justice.

  • The A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice: Criminology emphasis is designed to prepare students for a career in law enforcement-related field (i.e., police officer, deputy sheriff, probation officer) and/or to transfer to Bachelor’s degree programs in Criminology, Criminal Justice, or related fields.
  • The A.A./A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement emphasis is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in municipal and county law enforcement agencies (i.e. police or sheriffs departments), and/or to transfer to Bachelor’s degree programs in Criminal Justice or related fields to prepare for federal or state-level law enforcement positions (i.e., FBI, DEA, INS, etc.).
  • The A.S. Degree in Administration of Justice: Legal Studies emphasis is designed to prepare students for a career in law (i.e. legal assistant, court reporter) or a law enforcement related field and/or to transfer to Bachelor’s degree programs in Law, Criminal Justice or related fields and/or to qualify for admission to law school.
  • In addition, the School of Justice Studies offers an A.S.-T. Degree in Administration of Justice for Transfer. This degree will provide the foundational knowledge in Administration of Justice to students who want to earn a Baccalaureate Degree in Administration of Justice. This degree is in compliance with the Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) and guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer,” a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college. Upon completion of the transfer associate degree, the student is eligible for transfer with junior standing into the California State University (CSU) system. Students will be given priority consideration when applying to a particular program that is similar to the student’s community college area of emphasis. For the latest information about transfer degrees, visit www.sb1440.org.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of one of the School of Justice Studies programs, a student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the scope of responsibilities of the various local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, beginning with arrest through parole.
2.  Articulate the system’s objectives, the crime problem and role expectations of criminal justice personnel, and describe the various agencies and each subsystem within the system.
3.  Describe the system’s responsibilities to the community, factors in crime causation, the social implications of crime and communication barriers between the system and the community.
4.  Articulate the differences between the major criminological theories of the causes of crime and how those theories relate to policies toward crime and criminal behavior.
5.  Analyze legal concepts and make rational decisions about case processing. Demonstrate knowledge of the rules of evidence, legal definitions and concepts of evidentiary law. Apply basic investigative proficiencies.
6.  Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills acquired in the social sciences in preparation for continuance of college-level education.
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