Sophomore Advisement

Welcome, Sophomores!

Congratulations!  You have successfully completed your first year!  This sophomore year is one of the most important in your academic career.  There are many important decisions that require your earnest consideration and thought.  Please prepare to discuss these topics with your academic advisor.


Preparing for Advisement

As a lower sophomore, you will be assigned an Academic Peer Advisor.  Your advisor will reach out to you to schedule a virtual advisement session where you will discuss your current courses, career goals, experiential learning opportunities, and future course selection.


- All communication from your Academic Peer Advisor will be sent to your John Jay Email!

- Make an appointment with your Peer Advisor on Navigate.  Log in using your CUNY First credentials.

- It will be important that you know How to Access Your Degree Audit and Unofficial Transcript prior to your appointment.

- Explore major options and requirements on the Major Advisement & Resources page.

- Interested in exploring beyond your major?  Take a look at the various Minors and Certificate Programs that are available at John Jay.

 - Take a moment for some Successful Academic Planning by reflecting on your values, interests, goals and strengths.


Exploring Majors

Are you satisfied with your current major on file?  If not, now is the time to research and select an area of study that you are genuinely excited about!


- Feeling overwhelmed by your options?  Start by visiting our How to Choose a Major page which breaks down all of John Jay's majors into five categories.

- Discover the many myths associated with deciding on a major.

- When deciding on a major, don't discount your general education requirements.  Did you excel in a particular area?  Did you thoroughly enjoy particular readings and assignments?

- Meet with your major advisor.  Before your appointment, take some time to review your major's requirements, sequencing, and course descriptions and write down any questions or concerns that you may have.

- The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a career resource with profiles of different occupations in the United States, including information on typical duties, work environment, education and training needed, earnings, and job outlook.


Making the Most of your Time at John Jay

What you do outside of the classroom is just as important as what you do inside of it.  Learn more about the various fun and interesting ways that you can gain valuable real-world experience, explore a hobby or interest, and make important connections!


Experiential Learning Opportunities are a great way to gain valuable work experience, build your resume, become civically engaged, and network both within and outside of John Jay.  Your sophomore year is a great time to start exploring internships, fellowships, service opportunities, and advanced research.  And while you're at it, don't forget to speak to your Academic Peer Advisor about their on campus leadership role!

 - Connect with students who share similar interests and passions by joining a Student Organization.

- Interested in a more global perspective for your studies?  Explore the various Study Abroad programs offered through John Jay and CUNY!  

 - Ready to apply to for one of the opportunities listed above but need some help developing your resume and cover letter?  The Center for Career and Professional Development can assist with that!


Sophomore Year Support

You're never alone at John Jay, even while we operate remotely!  Looking to connect with your fellow sophomores?  Interested in workshops that that focus on building your professional portfolio and growing your network?  Perhaps you're interested in attending a student panel or listening to a guest speaker?  The services at John Jay can help you with all of that and more!


- Take advantage of programming and events designed specifically for sophomore students!

- Connect with offices at John Jay - Resources & Support for Sophomore Students.

- We understand, online learning is different and can come with its own unique set of challenges!  Check out the following tips for online learning success part one and part two.

- Check out what John Jay alumni are doing now.