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
 1-805-922-6966 ext. 3401


Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Closed during the summer

Program Overview

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 employment opportunities with federal, state and local parole, probation and correctional agencies. Probation and Parole officers supervise adult or juvenile offenders in community based corrections programs. Correctional officers work in prisons, jails, or youth detention centers; 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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Last Modified Oct 23, 2018