Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) (BS)

Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) (BS)


The major is intended for students who seek a career in criminal justice and would like to explore the field from a broad perspective. It is devoted to understanding criminal justice institutional theory and practice in the context of diverse multicultural societies. The major underscores the rule of law as the glue which holds together the arenas of police, courts, and corrections that along with other social institutions and the public, are the co–producers of justice.

Learning Outcomes.

  • Students will understand the historical development, functions and roles of each component of the criminal justice system.
  • Students will describe and critically examine the major criminological theories on crime causation and prevention, and apply them to criminal justice practice.
  • Students will critically analyze the social response to crime and the practice of criminal justice.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to access, conduct, interpret, and apply criminal justice research.


Credits required. 36 (or more depending on math placement)

Prerequisites. SOC 101, and POL 101 (or GOV 101). Students are strongly urged to complete these courses during their first year in the College. SOC 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society and POL 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity areas of the College’s general education requirements. CJBS 101 is the required first course within the major and is a prerequisite for many subsequent courses in the major.  Depending on math placement, some students may need to take MAT 105 and/or MAT 108 as prerequisites for the required statistics and research methods course, CJBS 250.

Other courses also have prerequisites beyond courses previously taken in the major. In Part III, COR 201 is a prerequisite for COR 401, COR 415 and COR 430.

Coordinator. See the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration (Room 422HH, 212.237.8032)

Advisors. Ms. Charlotte Cuss and Ms. Wanda Owens, Academic Advisement Center, (L.73 NB, Make an appointment using AdvisorTrac.

Advising resources. CJBS Major Advisement Video. CJBS Information Packet. CJBS Worksheet. Sample Four-year Plan of Study.

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 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 requirement. As part of this major, students must take three courses in Part 3. Distribution Areas, one from each category A-C.  At least two of those courses must be at the 300–level or above and must come from different categories.

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

PART 1. CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                         Subtotal: 24 credits

CJBS 101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
CJBS 250 Research Methods and Statistics for Criminal Justice
CJBS 300 Criminal Justice: Theory in Practice
CJBS 415 Capstone Seminar for BS in Criminal Justice
COR 101 Introduction to Corrections
LAW 203 Consitutional Law
PSC 101 Introduction to Police Studies
SOC 203 Criminology 

PART 2. DIVERSITY                                                                                  Subtotal: 3 credits

Select One
COR 320 Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
CRJ 420/SOC 420 Women and Crime
LAW 313/POL 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
LAW 340 Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action and Police Organization
PSC 202 Police and Diversity
PSC 235 Women in Policing 

PART 3. DISTRIBUTION AREAS                                                         Subtotal: 9 credits

Select three courses, one from each category A-C.
Please note: at least 2 of the courses MUST be at the 300-level or above and must come from different categories.

Category A. Police

Select One
CJBS 377 Internship for Criminal Justice, Law and Policing
CRJ 255 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
CRJ 321/PHI 321 Police Ethics
CRJ 425 Seminar on Major Works in Criminal Justice 
PSC 107 Introduction to Criminal Investigations
PSC 201 Police Organization and Administration
PSC 227 Police Training Programs: Goals, Content and Administration
PSC 300 Police Management and Adminstration in the U.S.
PSC 405 Organized Crime in America
PSC 415 Seminar on Terrorism

Category B. Law and Courts

Select one
CJBS 377 Internship for Criminal Justice, Law and Policing
CRJ 322/PHI 322 Judicial and Correctional Ethics
LAW 202 Law and Evidence
LAW 206 The American Judiciary
LAW 209 Criminal Law
LAW 212 The Crminal Process and Criminal Procedure Law
LAW 259/POL 259 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
LAW 301 Jurisprudence
LAW 310/PHI 310 Ethics and Law
LAW 401 Problems of Constitutional Development
LAW 420/PAD 420 Contemporary Administration and the Judiciary

Category C. Corrections

Select one
COR 201 The Law and Institutional Treatment
COR 202 The Administration of Correctional Programs for Juveniles
COR 230/PSC 230 Sex Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
COR 282 Principles of Correctional Operations
COR 303 Comparative Correction Systems
COR 310 Fieldwork in Corrections
COR 320 Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
COR 401 Evaluating Correctional Methods and Programs
COR 402 Administration of Community-based Corrections Programs
COR 415 Major Works in Corrections
COR 430 Senior Seminar in Correctional Studies
CRJ 322/PHI 322 Judicial and Correctional Ethics

Note: courses can only be used to satisfy one area in the major.

                                                                                                                       Total Credit Hours: 36

                                                                                                                             Last Updated: 5/1/17