Police Studies (BS)

The major in Police Studies
is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in law enforcement or who currently serve as law enforcement professionals in operations, management, teaching, or research. The major is also appropriate for students who plan to attend graduate or professional school.

Learning Outcomes. Students will:

• Explain the role of the police in the administration of justice in the United States of America.
• Analyze the theories related to the policy and practice of police.
• Analyze the operations and administration of police.
• Demonstrate critical thinking skills by analyzing and synthesizing evidence to evaluate arguments and draw inferences.
• Demonstrate the ability to access, conduct, interpret and apply police research within the context of public discourse.
• Demonstrate proper writing skills.
For more information about learning outcomes, please click here.

Credits required: 39                            Four Year Academic Plan

Prerequisites: SOC 101 and  POL 101. These courses fulfill the College's general education requirements in the Flexible Core: Individual & Society and Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity areas respectively. In addition, PSC 101 must be taken by students without law enforcement experience.

Coordinator: Professor John DeCarlo, Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (212.393.6375, jdecarlo@jjay.cuny.edu)

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


Subtotal: 12 credits

Students with law enforcement experience may obtain an exemption for PSC 101
LAW 203 Constitutional Law
CRJ 321/PHI 321 Police Ethics
PSC 101 Introduction to Police Studies
PSC 201 Police Organization and Administration


Subtotal: 3 credits

Select one
CRJ 255 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
PSC 216 Crime Mapping
PSC 220/MAT 220/FIS 220 Survey of the Concepts of Operations Research
SEC 270/CSCI 270 Security of Computers and Their Data


Subtotal: 12 credits

Select four courses. *One must be at the 300-level.
PSC 202 Police and Community Relations
PSC 204 The Patrol Function
PSC 205 The Traffic Control Function
PSC 207 The Investigative Function
PSC 210 Colloquium on Criminal Justice Literature
PSC 213 Survey of Criminalistics
PSC 223 Personnel Administration and Supervision
PSC 227 Police Training Programs
PSC 230/COR 230 Sex Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
PSC 235 Women in Policing
PSC 245 Community Policing
PSC 250 Criminal Justice in Eastern Europe
PSC 271/PSY 271 Psychological Foundations of Police Work
PSC 301The Police Manager
PSC 306 Police Work with Juveniles
PSC 309 Comparative Police Systems
PSC 315/ECO 315 Economic Analysis of Crime
PSC 340 Planning for Police Operations and Management
PSC 350 Police Labor Relations
PSC 355 Money and the Police Manager


Subtotal: 6 credits

Select two
LAW 202 Law and Evidence
LAW 204 Criminal Law of New York
LAW 206 The American Judiciary
LAW 209 Criminal Law
LAW 212 The Criminal Process and the Criminal Procedure Law
LAW 301 Jurisprudence
LAW 313/POL 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
LAW 320 Seminar in the Law of Search and Seizure
LAW 340 Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action and Police Organization


Subtotal: 3 credits

Select one
AFR 215 Police and Urban Communities
ANT 208 Urban Anthropology
ECO 170 Crime, Class, Capitalism: The Economics of Justice
ENG 235 Writing for Management, Business and Public Administration
LLS 241 Latina/os and the City
PED 230 Stress Management in Law Enforcement
PSY 213/SOC 213 Race and Ethnic Relations
SEC 310 Emergency Planning
SOC 203 Criminology
SOC 206 The Sociology of Conflict and Dispute Resolution
SPE 204 Group Discussion and Conference Techniques
SPE 218 Managerial Communication
SSC 325 Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences
STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics


Subtotal: 3 credits

Select one
PSC 401 Seminar on Police Problems
PSC 405 Organized Crime in America
PSC 415 Seminar on Terrorism

Total: 39 credits