The Department of Sociology

Advisors for Criminology Majors

Barry Spunt 212.237.8677, 3253 North Hall

Mike Rowan 646-781-5813, 3208 North Hall

Students seeking advisement should have a copy of their transcript in hand when they meet with the advisor. (Transcripts can be down-loaded from CUNYfirst).

Advisement Plan for Criminology Majors

A four year advisement plan for students can be found here.

Honors Concentration in Criminology 

Students with a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and have taken both STA 250 and SSC 325, and take a two-semester sequenced research internship (Soc 430-431) under the supervision of a full-time Sociology professor are eligible for an Honors Concentration in Criminology. Research internships are available in areas of studies that match faculty expertise--gang, immigration and crime studies, domestic violence, drug, prison studies, white-collar and corporate crime, victimization, and other areas. Contact the Faculty or Staff Advisors listed above.

Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology 

In honor of Alex Smith, an esteemed professor emeritus, the Alex Smith Award for Excellence in Criminology is given to the outstanding graduating criminology major. 

Career Suggestions 

The criminology major offers students an interesting way to link academic work in college with potential careers in criminal justice, including police, probation, parole, corrections, courts, victims and juvenile service agencies and security in the private and public sectors. In addition to careers related to criminal justice, the criminology major, as a liberal arts major, is an excellent choice for individuals unsure about their career interests, who have interests outside criminal justice, or are thinking about graduate school or law school. Criminology majors are able to pursue the same range of careers in business or public service as students, who major in fields such as psychology, sociology or anthropology. 

Online Writing Resources

CUNY WriteSite A resource for writing and grammar

John Jay History Department

Center for Academic Writing

Rutgers Camden, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice

Skidmore College’s Resources for Sociology 

Law School Advisement

John Jay’s Pre-Law Institute Director: Stephanie Herman, JD

Fellowships / Scholarships 

Undergraduate Fulbright Scholarship Program 

Graduate Fulbright Scholarship Program 


All Criminal Justice Schools Criminal Justice Schools makes it easy for you to research and find the criminal justice degree program or paralegal program that fits your needs. Search schools by location, program type, or specialty; and read detailed information on the programs that fit your search. Once you have found the school or program that fits your needs get in touch with an admissions officer by requesting information. 

American Association of Doctoral Programs in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Colleges and Universities Worldwide 

Partial list of graduate programs in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Related Fields

Ric Curtis, Interim Chairperson
North Hall, Room 3263,
524 West 59th Street New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212.237.8962,