Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Note: ANT 130 and PSC 135 are prerequisites for all program electives.


ANT 130 (formerly ETH 190) Policing in a Multiracial and Multicultural City
This course is an introductory exploration of the impact of racial and ethnic diversity, social structure, and oppression in the United States with particular emphasis on policing and police supervision in New York City. Students examine the impact of racial and cultural myths and realities on police perceptions and responses to crime, and on community perceptions and responses to law enforcement. Each weekly class will combine a variety of teaching and learning modalities designed to maximize experiential learning and build on students' professional experience.

PSC 135 (formerly PSC 191) Supervisory Leadership for Police Services
The goal of this course is to enhance the student’s understanding of effective supervision and the importance of leadership at all levels of policing. The course is for police supervisors, and those preparing to be supervisors. Each class will be divided between keynote activities and faculty instructions. Class faculty, all of whom regularly teach management and supervision will lead class discussions, monitor attendance, review student work and assign grades.


Select two of the following elective courses. Students must successfully complete ANT 130 and PSC 135 before registering for elective courses.

HIS 214 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States
A social history of immigration and ethnicity that focuses on topics such as immigrant institutions, including family, church, community life, unions, gangs, fire companies, saloons, theaters, social mobility and the role of ethnicity and class response to the “immigrant problem”, including assimilations, nativism, racism, and restriction; immigrant ghettos and boss rule; changing immigrant stereotypes; work experience; labor violence and the methods of social control.

LAW 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
Analysis of the politics of race and racism in the United States through the examination of major court decisions and of legislation affecting minority groups. Treatment of racial minority groups in the criminal and civil justice systems, by courts, police, and prisons will be included.

CRJ 321 Police Ethics
An identification and analysis of the diverse ethical issues encountered in the police service. Traditional ethical theories will be examined and will be applied to such topics as discretion, deadly physical force, misconduct, authority and responsibility, affirmative action, civil disobedience, undercover operations and privacy.