The Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science (Institutional Theory and Practice) provides a comprehensive understanding of the components of the American criminal justice system. It is a dynamic major that responds to issues of diversity as well as innovations and changes in the technological arenas, which inform criminal justice professionals. The Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice focuses on the institutions of criminal justice, particularly the police, courts, and corrections.
CJBS Courses That Meet General Education Requirements
As a senior (90 or more credits completed), you can make one-on-one appointments with CJBS advisors Charlotte Cuss and Wanda Owens using AdvisorTrac. If you have urgent questions or major-related issues, please email Charlotte Cuss or Wanda Owens at CJBS@jjay.cuny.edu for assistance.
Registration and Major Holds
Major holds are placed on all upper sophomores (45-59 credits), and each student must attend a mandatory CJBS group advisement session to have the hold removed. This session will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major.
How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:
Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”
Click on “Advisement Required.”
See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.
Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!
The DegreeWorks degree audit is a helpful tool, but it can mislead students when it comes to Part 3 of the CJBS major requirements. Please see the CJBS Major Worksheet. Part 3 of the major requires THREE courses, one from each of the categories (Police, Law, and Corrections) - and TWO of these three courses must be at the 300 or 400 level. If you forget this rule and take a 200 level course in all of these areas, you will need to go back and take a 300 or 400 level course in two of the categories. Remember this rule so you don’t take unnecessary courses.
A single course can only meet one CJBS requirement. See the CJBS Major Worksheet. You’ll notice that COR 320 is on both the Part 2 Diversity list and the Part 3 Corrections list. CRJ 322 is on both the Part 3 Law list and the Part 3 Corrections list. If you take such a course, you can choose which area you want it to meet, but it cannot meet both. The Degree Audit will sometimes indicate that it can meet two requirements, but this is incorrect.
Monitor Your Progress in the Major
DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed. Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool. Note: be sure to confirm the accuracy of your degree audit with a general advisor and major advisor.
CJBS Major Worksheet - Fill out this printable worksheet to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.
Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.
CJBS Information Packet (coming soon) - Look through this packet for in-depth information about CJBS major planning, as well as FAQs that address common student questions and issues.
Watch the CJBS Major Advisement Video for helpful information about major requirements, the CJBS Major Worksheet, the degree audit, and the CJBS Information packet. Note: At 5:17, the video lists several courses you can take as a prerequisite for the CJBS 250 requirement. However, these math requirements have changed. Now only MAT 105 or 108 or higher is needed as the prerequisite for the CJBS 250 requirement. Transfer students who do not transfer in MAT 105 or 108 or higher credit but bring in a college math course that meets John Jay's Math and Quantitative Reasoning Requirement (MQR) should write to Ms. Wanda Owens (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ms. Charlotte Cuss (email@example.com) to request permission to register for CJBS 250.
Meet with a General Academic Advisor
A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.
Find a Job or Internship
Networking is often the most successful way to find an internship or job. Make use of your friends, family, professors, co-workers, classmates, and anyone else you know to see if they have a connection to someone in the field you would like to work in. Many of your current classmates may have already participated in the Academic Internship Program and may still be in contact with their previous supervisors who they can pass along your resume to. Ask around!
Job fairs are another excellent opportunity to make connections with employers. If you are preparing a semester ahead to find your internship, you will have plenty of time to attend the John Jay College Career and Internship Fair offered each semester. The fair is a great opportunity to make connections, collect business cards, and network for future opportunities.
You should also make use of the many career events offered through the Center for Career and Professional Development. Employers often participate in panels, workshops, information sessions and tabling at John Jay College. Log into John Jay Careers Online and see the “Events” tab into for the upcoming schedule of events.