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Department Chair Gary Creason, A.S.

Administration of justice

Administration of justice and Criminal Justice are the study of theories, concepts, statutes, laws, procedures, and methodologies governing the criminal justice system. These programs explore the historical development of criminal law, the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system, and its contemporary application in juvenile and adult crime.

Career Options

Many career options require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few of these require a graduate-level degree: adjudicator/judge, arson investigator, bar examiner, border patrol officer/INS agent, correctional officer, crime laboratory/evidence technologist, customs agent, district attorney, lawyer/prosecutor/public defender, forensic scientist, FBI/Treasury/Secret Service agent, U.S. Marshal, fraud/forgery investigator, parole/probation officer, police officer, sheriff, postal inspector, and traffic officer.


In January 2015, Southwestern College began working with Point Loma Nazarene University to provide a pathway for students to transfer with a major in Criminal Justice. A 75% tuition scholarship is available to one student in each cohort of 15 or more students.

For more information on this program, please contact:
Yvette Miranda
(619) 201-3362
SWC @ Rm. 545A
Tuesday/Thursdays 9:00 ­ 3:30 PM

Last updated: 6/17/2015 1:15:47 PM