Culture and Deviance Studies Major Resources

Culture and Deviance Studies Major Resources

The major in Culture and Deviance Studies provides students with a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of important social problems and institutional responses to treat and control them. Students learn highly effective qualitative data collection skills such as ethnographic interviewing, participant-observation, case studies and focus groups. They also acquire analytical competence in cross-cultural awareness, human diversity and the contextualization of concepts of deviance and institutions of power and control.  

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the CDS major
 
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.
 
CDS Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that were in effect when you declared the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declared the CDS major in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, you would click on the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declared the major and then left the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed. Not sure when you declared the major? Find out here.
 
Below, find the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in effect when you declared the major.

CDS Courses That Meet General Education Requirements

Each of the following CDS courses can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements:
 
World
Cultures
US
Experience
Individual
& Society
100-Level
Justice
College Option
300-Level
Justice
 
 
 
*Prerequisites to the CDS major

 

Major Advising

Major Advising in Fall/Spring

CDS Major Advisor: Professor Edward Snajdr
Professor Snajdr is available by email or phone at any time. Sophomores with 45-59 credits are required to meet with Professor Snajdr prior to registering for courses.
 
212-237-8262
9.63.19 New Building
 
Fall 2017 office hours: Tues & Thurs 12:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. and by appointment
 
Major Advising in Summer/Winter
Professor Snajdr is available by email or phone during summer and winter sessions:
212-237-8262

Registration and Major Holds

Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a major hold placed on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Professor Edward Snajdr (212.237.8262, esnajdr@jjay.cuny.edu). This discussion 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:

 

  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”

 

 

 

  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

 
  1. 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.

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Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

The CDS major requires you to take certain prerequisite courses in order to progress through the major. Keep the following information in mind:
 
  • SOC 101 and ANT 101 are the main prerequisites for this major, so be sure to take them early.  
     
  • The STA 250  major requirement requires a foundation of  MAT 108 or higher. If you place at the MAT 105 level, you will need MAT 105, then MAT 108 before taking STA 250.
     
  • 200- level courses in the major are generally designed for sophomores and juniors; 300-level courses are primarily for juniors and seniors. The CDS capstone (ANT 450) should be taken in your senior year.
     
  • Remember that you will need at least a 2.0 GPA in the major and at least a 2.0 overall GPA to graduate.

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.

     
  • Culture and Deviance Studies Major Checklist - 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.

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.

 

CDS and Careers

Online Career Resources

The training and skill set for Culture and Deviance Studies majors is similar to those of Anthropology majors. CDS students should refer to the Anthropology Department’s Career Page for career-related resources and opportunities.

Career and Graduate School Advising

For one-on-one advisement regarding career and graduate school opportunities and preparation, upper-level students in the CDS program should contact Professor Edward Snajdr (esnajdr@jjay.cuny.edu). Professor Snajdr can advise you personally or refer you to other faculty and resources when appropriate.
 
John Jay’s Center for Career and Professional Development is another great resource for questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are also available Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.