Criminal Justice (Crime Control and Prevention) (BA)


The B.A. program in Criminal Justice views crime as a social problem and seeks to develop in its students the capacity to critically assess the normative structure of the existing criminal justice system with an aim to improving its condition and function. The emphasis of the major is on developing analytical skills, ethical reasoning, and a capacity for solving problems. It aspires to cultivate creative and original thinking about one of the most challenging social problems of our time.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

• Apply analytical, ethical, and critical reasoning skills to quantitatively, qualitatively and morally assess and evaluate the role and function of institutions engaged in the mission of crime control;
• Articulate how institutions achieve social goals and understand and describe how to effectuate change within institutions;
• Consider how race, ethnicity and ethnicity impact the construction and effectuation of crime control;
• Have a broad, multidimensional focus on moral questions and be able to express the ethical implications of policy decisions;
• Be facile with data and prefer original research to secondary sources, and
• Think creatively and originally as evidenced by the ability to write well, construct and implement an original research design, and apply this research to present innovative solutions and insights to complex policy questions.

Credits Required. 42                            Four Year Academic Plan

Coordinator. Professor Evan Mandery, Department of Criminal Justice (212.237.8389, emandery@jjay.cuny.edu)

Baccalaureate/Master's Program in Criminal Justice. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the Baccalaureate/Master's Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor's and a master's degree in criminal justice. For additional information, contact Professor Chitra Raghavan, Department of Psychology (212.237.8417, bamadirector@jjay.cuny.edu).

Study abroad. Students in the College's Study Abroad Program may use some of their study abroad credits to substitute for related courses in the major. With regard to particular courses, the student should consult with the coordinator for the major. For information about the College's Study Abroad Program, contact Ms. Maureen Brady Coyle (212.484.1339, mcoyle@jjay.cuny.edu).

Additional Information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2012 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin, available at http://johnjay.jjay.cuny.edu/bulletins/undergraduatebulletin20112012.pdf.
                                                                                                                                            

PART ONE. CORE COURSES

Subtotal: 21 credits

Required

CJBA 110 Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice I
CJBA 111 Introductions to Major Problems in Criminal Justice II
CJBA 120 Dimensions of Justice
CJBA 210 Criminal Responsibility
CJBA 220 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Crime & Justice
CJBA 250 Crime Prevention & Control

Select One

CJBA 230 Understanding Criminal Behavior
SOC 203 Criminology

PART TWO. RESEARCH METHODS

Subtotal: 6 credits

Select one

CJBA 240 Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics

Required

CJBA 340 Research Methods for Criminal Justice

PART THREE. RESEARCH FOCUS

Subtotal: 9 credits

Note: Prior to the start of their junior year, criminal justice BA majors will be required to submit, subject to approval by their advisor or the department chairperson, a plan of study, which culminates in either an internship experience or an original research and writing project. Students may substitute as many as six credits for Part Three with courses outside of the departmental offerings, provided these courses support their research agenda and are consistent with the requirements of the capstone experience.

Select THREE of the following:

CJBA 361 Rights of the Accused
CJBA 362 Historical Perspectives on Violent Crime
CJBA 363 Space, Crime & Place
CJBA 364 Death Penalty: Law and Policy
CJBA 365 Change & Innovation
CJBA 380 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Research*
CJBA 381 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Research II*
*(required for students choosing Track B as their capstone option in Part Four)


PART FOUR. CAPSTONE OPTIONS

Subtotal: 6 credits

TRACK A. INSTITUTIONAL ANALYSIS

CJBA 400 Criminal Justice Internship Experience
CJBA 401 Agency Analysis: Connecting Practice to Research

OR

TRACK B. RESEARCH AND WRITING

CJBA 410 Supervised Research and Writing I
CJBA 411 Supervised Research and Writing II

Total: 42 credits