A.A.-T, Administration of Justice

A.A., Criminal Justice


The Criminal Justice Program studies the activities and operations of law enforcement agencies, the courts and correctional agencies.  The public and social policy implications associated with operating the criminal justice system are also explored. Criminal Justice careers offer individuals a rewarding opportunity to serve the public, safeguard constitutional rights and actively meet the needs of the community. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to work in a variety of fields, including law enforcement, investigations, courts, corrections, private security, law and juvenile justice.


An Associate Degree, depending on the focus of study, is designed to prepare students for transfer into upper division course work in a bachelor’s degree program, or, to prepare students to enter the workforce in a particular vocational field.  To qualify for an Associate’s Degree, a student must: 

(1) complete each major-specific course required for the degree with at least a “C” grade or better,

(2) complete all Cuesta College general education, graduation and residency requirements,

(3) achieve an overall grade point average of 2.0 for all courses attempted (major, general education, elective), and

(4) submit an Associate’s Degree Application to Admissions and Records.


Correctional Personnel Law Enforcement Officer
Nonprofit Agencies Victim’s Advocate
Parole/Probation Officer Youth Correctional Facility

Degree/Certificate Types:
A.A. - Associate in Arts C.A. - Certificate of Achievement
A.S. - Associate in Science C.S. - Certificate of Specialization
A.A.-T. - Associate in Arts for Transfer C.C. - Certificate of Completion (Non Credit)
A.S.-T. - Associate in Science for Transfer