Criminal Justice (Crime Control and Prevention) (BA)

Criminal Justice (Crime Control and Prevention) (BA)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE (CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION) (BA)The BA 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

  • Critically evaluate ethical arguments regarding criminal justice policy decisions.

  • Critically evaluate the impact of race, gender, and ethnicity on criminal justice policy decisions.

  • Construct an original research question, manifesting a familiarity with the existing literature, and an implementable research design.

  • Implement that research design through the collection and interpretation of data and to articulate proposals for policy reform.

  • Display clarity of expression

Credits required.

Criminal Justice (Crime Control and Prevention) Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree


Prerequisites. Students may need to take MAT 105 and/or MAT 108 (or MAT 141) as prerequisites for the required statistics course, CJBA 240.

Coordinator. Professor Brian Lawton, Department of Criminal Justice (212.393.6841, and Evan Mandery, Spring 2018, Department of Criminal Justice (212.237.8389,

Advising information. Four Year Academic Plan

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Criminal Justice. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the Baccalaureate/Master’s Program and graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in criminal justice. For additional information, contact Dr. Janice Carrington, 212-237-8418,

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 Mr. Kenneth Yanes (212.484.1339,

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2016 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented in this bulletin. 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 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin


PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                                                                             Subtotal: 21 credits

CJBA 110 Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice I
CJBA 111 Introduction to Major Problems in Criminal Justice II
CJBA 120 Dimensions of Justice
CJBA 210 Criminal Responsibility
CJBA 220 Race, Gender, Ethnicity, Crime and Justice
CJBA 230 Understanding Criminal Behavior
CJBA 250 Crime Prevention and Control

PART TWO. RESEARCH METHODS                                                                                Subtotal: 9 credits

CJBA 240 Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice I
CJBA 241 Quantitative Inquiry of Problems in Criminal Justice II
CJBA 340 Research Methods in Criminal Justice

PART THREE. RESEARCH FOCUS                                                                                   Subtotal: 6 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 an original research and writing project. Students may substitute as many as three 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 TWO of the following:

CJBA 361 Rights of the Accused
CJBA 363 Space, Crime and Place: Methods, Applications and Theory
CJBA 364 Death Penalty: Law and Policy
CJBA 365 Change and Innovation in Criminal Justice
CJBA 380 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Research
CJBA 381 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Research

PART FOUR. CAPSTONE COURSES                                                                                Subtotal: 6 credits

CJBA 410 Senior Thesis I
CJBA 411 Senior Thesis II

                                                                                                                                                      Total Credit Hours: 42

                                                                                                                                                                    Last Updated: 12/19/17