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.

  • 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 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.
  • 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 (or more depending on math placement)

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,

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 Professor Jennifer Dysart, Department of Psychology (212.484.1160,

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

Advising Resources. Four Year Academic Plan

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. 

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: 10/12/17