Spring 2022 Sophomore Transfer Seminars

Spring 2022 Sophomore Transfer Seminars

Your transfer seminar fulfills the 200-level Justice Core (general education college option). These reserved sections will introduce you to John Jay’s justice mission and support a successful transition to your new academic journey. They are taught by experienced faculty who are experts in their fields and will be able to connect you to academic and professional resources. Each seminar is assigned a peer success coach, who provides ongoing support and serves as a connection to the campus.

NOTE: Sophomore standing = 30 to 59 credits transferred in by the start of the semester.


Movements for Economic Justice  
ECO 207-02, Class Meeting Day/Time: T/Th 10:50a-12:05p
Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
Registration Code: 61031

Professor Sasha High
At the heart of every justice movement lies an economic argument. This course helps students to act locally and think globally about economic issues that affect their lives, their communities, and their planet. To experience the power of collective economic action students will work cooperatively to accomplish shared goals. Topics and case studies will include historic and contemporaneous social movements including the Labor Movement for an Eight Hour Workday, The Civil Rights Movement embodied by the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the Movement to Reverse Global Warming.


Famous Trials that Made History
HIS 255-01, Class Meeting Day/Time: Th 9:25-10:40a (full)
Instruction Mode: HYBRID
Registration Code: 58762

Professor Sara McDougall

Certain trials, even those from the very distant past, remain embedded in our collective memory and imagination decades or even centuries later. This course will examine in detail famous historical trials such as the Salem witchcraft trials, the Amistad case, and/or the McCarthy anti-communist trials. Students will use these trials as a lens to explore historical issues of justice, and consider their significance for individuals, and what that suggests about our individual understandings of justice. This course serves as gateway to John Jay College for transfer students, welcoming and introducing them to the many resources the college provides as well as the academic training that will help them pursue their goals as fierce advocates of justice.


Foundations of U.S. Latinx Literature
LIT 265-02, Class Meeting Day/Time: M/W 12:15-1:30p
Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
Registration Code: 58285

Professor Richard Perez
For over a hundred years U.S. Latinx writers have produced a wide array of fiction. This course tracks that literature from its foundations to contemporary works. Starting with a 19th-century author such as Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton and culminating with contemporary writers like Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz, this course examines the different literary themes, styles, and social concerns Latinx writers explore in their fiction. Thus, this course presents a comparative portrait of the various roots, beginnings, and trajectories of U.S. Latinx literature. Overarching issues include gender, race, class, diaspora, bilingualism, violence and community.


Health Equity and Social Justice
SOC 220-01, Class Meeting Day/Time: Mon 10:50-1:30p (full)
Instruction Mode: SYNCHOROUS ONLINE 
Registration Code: 62581

Professor Jan Yager

This course will examine equal rights and opportunities, as it relates to public health crises and address the social determinants of health and equity. Students will explore the principles of social justice (access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights) as it relates to the current public health crises, COVID-19, as a global pandemic and racism, as a public health crisis. 

International Criminal Justice

The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Justice
ICJ 205-01, Class Meeting Day/Time: Mon 5:55-8:35p
Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
Registration Code:  61554

Professor Yousif Almasri
The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) encompass environmental sustainability, poverty and hunger reduction, health, economic development, gender equality, and peace and inclusion. The SDGs uniquely encourage and empower adolescents and young people’s engagement. Positioning them not only as beneficiaries of a successful 2030 SDG agenda, but also as active participants in implementing and achieving these goals. This course will examine the background of these goals, and the methods and challenges to achieving them.  Students will explore global citizenship by relating these global justice goals and their underlying principles to their individual values and circumstances, and to their experiences and aspirations as students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.