May 24, 2022
PROGRAM CODE: 32563
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Dr. Michael Barnhart
The curriculum presented here applies to students who started the major in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. If you enrolled as a matriculant prior to that, please see the College Catalog for the year you started the major as a matriculant for the curriculum requirements that apply to you.
Consultation with the Program Advisor is required.
Upon successful completion of the Criminal Justice degree program requirements, graduates will:
- demonstrate effective communication skills
- demonstrate basic knowledge of criminal law and the rights of individual citizens
- describe the procedures involved in criminal investigations
- demonstrate critical thinking skills within the context of evaluating the complexity of criminal justice issues
- describe the role of the criminal justice officer in the community, and the organization and administration of the various entities in the criminal justice system
- identify the procedures involved in criminal investigations
- explain the ethical responsibilities of criminal justice professionals
- recognize the application of physical and biological sciences to criminal justice
- explain victimization, including who victims are, the effects of victimization on victims and society, the rights of victims, and processes for including victims in the criminal justice system
- explain the correctional process
- explain the theory, structure and function of the juvenile system
- recognize social and political trends within society that influence areas of criminal justice including an understanding of the processes by which laws are made, enacted, and changed
- describe the basic theories that form the foundation of the criminal justice discipline and the historical developments of the criminal justice system in the United States
- explain the theory and structure of the courts
Successful completion of CUNY Assessment Tests in Reading, Writing, and ACCUPLACER CUNY Assessment Test in Math with passing examination
scores, unless otherwise exempt, or developmental courses may be required.
Civic Engagement Experiences:
Two (2) Civic Engagement experiences satisfied by Civic Engagement Certified or Civic Engagement Component courses or approved outside
Writing Intensive Requirement:
One (1) Writing Intensive course in any discipline is required. Participation in a Learning Community that includes ENG 1200 or ENG 2400 also satisfies this requirement.
Required Core (4 Courses, 12 Credits):
When Required Core Courses are specified for a category they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major
*Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.
Flexible Core (6 Courses, 18 Credits):
When Flexible Core Courses are specified for a category they are strongly suggested and/or required for the major
One course from each Group A to E. and one (1) additional course from any Group.
No more than two courses can be selected from the same discipline
A. World Cultures and Global Issues Designated Course
B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity Designated Course
C. Creative Expression Designated Course
D. Individual and Society Designated Course
E. Scientific World Designated Course
Note: You may elect to take a math or science course that is 4 credits or more. TAP counts 3 credits towards the requirements and the 4th credit as an elective.
Major Requirements (9 Courses, 27 Credits):
3 to 9 credits sufficient to meet required total of 60 credits. If elective credit is available, a computer applications course is recommended.