For Students at Community Colleges

For Students at Community Colleges

If you transferred into a humanities major at John Jay or are considering doing so, the Humanities Transfer Pathway is here to help. We coordinate a range of supports to make your transition to John Jay as seamless as possible, to welcome you into our intellectual community, and to prepare you for the next steps after graduation. Check out details below. 

Your Academic Journey

If you are a CUNY community college student, consider transferring to John Jay through the CUNY Justice Academy. CJA allows students who have earned their associate degree at participating community colleges to transition into a corresponding bachelor's degree program at John Jay. Through CJA you gain guaranteed admission, meetings with advisors during the transition process, and many other supports.

Check out our "degree maps" below. They show you which classes you can take as a liberal arts A.A. student in order to transfer into B.A. programs in English, Global History, Philosophy, or Humanities and Justice at John Jay. And they tell you which classes you can take at John Jay in order to graduate in just four semesters.

Community College Programs Degree Map
BMCC Liberal Arts A.A. to English B.A. Link
BMCC Liberal Arts A.A. to Global History B.A. Link
BMCC Liberal Arts A.A. to Philosophy B.A. Link
BMCC Liberal Arts A.A. to Humanities and Justice B.A. Link

(More partner campuses coming soon.)

When you arrive in your new degree program, it can be confusing to pick classes or navigate campus.  Remember, you can make an appointment with the Office of Academic Advisement at any time for help picking courses and fulfilling your degree requirements. We also strongly recommend you build a relationship with the Faculty Advisor in your major to discuss questions about your coursework, intellectual interests, or future career plans.

As you arrive on campus, you can also connect with the peer leaders at C.L.A.S.S. (Creating Liberal Arts Students' Success) who have gone through the transfer process themselves. Peer leaders can answer questions about your transition and connect you with resources and relationships to help you in your academic journey.

Your Future Career

A humanities degree doesn't just open one door; it opens many. Humanities students are prepared for a range of fields including public policy, education, health care and social services, as well as graduate school or law school.

Check out the Humanities in Action website to see job and internship opportunites curated especially for humanities majors. Also consider enrolling in the Humanities in Action course (HUM 277) to develop a professional portfolio to apply to these positions -- and to explore how your degree in the humanities connects to real-world issues and career paths. 

Wherever you are in your academic journey, the FOCUS Career Assessment tool can help you explore fields that build on your skills and reflect your values, and learn how to plan coursework for the career you want. (Login  using your John Jay credentials and the code "bloodhounds".)

You can also make an appointment with the Center for Career and Professional Development, for help exploring career options and preparing a professional portfolio for jobs and internships.

Hands-on Learning

The humanities offer essential skills for understanding the complex issues we face in the contemporary world. To get the most out of your humanities degree, you can participate in activities and courses that challenge you to apply your knowledge to real-world problems, and gain experience using your humanities skills in professional settings.

Consider enrolling in the Humanities in Action course (HUM 277) to explore how a degree in the humanities can connect to real-world issues and career paths, and develop a professional portfolio for job and internship applications.