Administration of Justice

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Administration of Justice is a career technical education program at Allan Hancock College within the department of applied behavioral sciences. It resides in the Public and Human Services industry sector.


Applied Behavioral Sciences Department, Bldg. H
Administration of Justice office • H-106A
 805.922.6966 ext. 3401


Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed during the summer

Program Overview

A career in the Administration of Justice system means the opportunity and the chance to make a difference. It also requires complete dedication and total focus.

The associate in science degree in Administration of Justice is considered an educational foundation if your goal is to pursue a career in law enforcement, probation, parole, or investigations. Depending on your career interest, a bachelor’s degree may be required for employment. Many law enforcement and probation positions require a higher level of education.

Our degree program is designed to provide you with a pathway leading to a bachelor’s degree by offering four areas of emphasis:
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Forensics
  • Criminology 
Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement covers a broad range of career opportunities and depending on your interest; there are a variety of pathways you can choose.


The field of Corrections includes federal, state and local parole, probation and correctional officers. Probation and Parole officers supervise adult or juvenile offenders in community based corrections programs. Correctional officers work in peni-tentiaries, jails, or youth camps; supervising inmates while in custody serving sentences or awaiting trial.


Those whose emphasis is in forensics will be trained in the scientific process, helping solve crimes by collecting and analyzing physical evidence and other facts found at a crime scene.


Criminology is primarily a research or teaching based profession and involves the study of crime theories and the impact of criminal behavior on the criminal justice system and society.

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Heather Deniz

Heather Deniz
Administration of Justice Student

"Allan Hancock College has given me the highest quality of instructors and greatest variety of classes, especially considering how affordable tuition is. The campus has a wonderful community feel with lots of resources to aid in reaching my goals of achieving my administration of justice degree."
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Last Modified Dec 10, 2014