For Students

For Students

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 our upcoming events, and open the menus below for more resources. 

This week: submit your artwork to the "Art Saves" student showcase and faculty discussion!

Submit your artwork to the "Art Saves" student showcase and faculty discussion

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.

(Faculty advisor videos coming soon.)

As you arrive on campus, you can also connect with one of our humanities Peer Leaders, 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.

(Peer leader videos coming soon.)

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.

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.)

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.

This fall, you can attend our Humanities in Action guest speaker series to explore how a degree in the humanities can connect to real-world issues and career paths.

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.

Stay tuned for events organized by our humanities Peer Leaders, which will bring together students and faculty to grapple with contemporary issues through a humanities lens. And watch for new courses on offer soon, to help you explore professional fields that use humanities skills and knowledge, and connect with internships for hands-on experience.