International Criminal Justice (BA)

International Criminal Justice (BA)


The major in International Criminal Justice introduces students to the nature and cause of crime at the international level and to the mechanisms for its prevention and control. Components of the criminal justice system as they apply to transnational and international crime are studied, as well as the impact of international law and human rights in addressing crimes against humanity. The major is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for careers in which the globalization of crime plays an important role. It also is designed to prepare students for advanced work in graduate or professional school.

Learning Outcomes.  Students will:

•     Define international and transnational crimes.

•     Summarize national, bilateral and multilateral responses to such crimes.

•     Describe theories for understanding crime and crime control from a global and comparative perspective.

•     Use theory to interpret and explain empirical developments in the fields of international criminal justice.

•     Critically evaluate the use of such methods by others

•     Elaborate informed opinions about issues and ideas in the fields of international criminal justice.

Credits Required.

International Criminal Justice Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.A. Degree



Coordinator. Professor Mangai Natarajan, Department of Criminal Justice (212.237.8673,

Advisor. Ms. Yaritma Cabral, Academic Advisement Center (

Advising resourcesSample Four-year Program of Study     Course Checklist     Course Sequencing

Foreign Language Requirement. Students who have expertise in other languages besides those available at John Jay College can explore taking the NYU Foreign Language Proficiency Exam or CLEP tests to demonstrate their language proficiency.  Native speakers of a foreign language should see the Major Coordinator. 

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2017 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose either the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained at 2016–2017 Undergraduate Bulletin

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES                                                                                  Subtotal: 9-15 credits

ECO 101 Introduction to Economics and Global Capitalism
ECO 120 Introduction to Macroeconomics
ECO 125 Introduction to Microeconomics
POL 101 American Government & Politics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
                                                                                                                                                      Subtotal: 9 credits

May be required depending on math placement

MAT 108 Social Science Math
MAT 141 Pre-Calculus
Students who have taken higher level math should see the Major Coordinator
                                                                                                                                                     Subtotal: 0-3 credits

Foreign Language
May be required depending on langauge placement

FLN 102 Beginning Level II Foreign Language
                                                                                                                                                     Subtotal: 0-3 credits

Advisor recommendation: POL 101 fulfills the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity area and SOC 101 fulfills the Flexible Core: Individual and Society area of the Gen Ed program. Depending on foreign language placement, students may have to take the 101-102 course sequence as prerequisites for the 200-level language requirement. For students that begin at John Jay as lower freshmen, the 101 (or 111) language course satisfies the Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues category and the 102 (or 112) language course satisfies the College Option: Communications category of the Gen Ed program. MAT 108 or MAT 141 also fulfill the Required Core: Math and Quantitative Reasoning area depending on students’ placement scores.

PART ONE. CORE COURSES                                                                                 Subtotal: 9 credits

ICJ 101 Introduction to International Criminal Justice
ECO 231 Global Economic Development and Crime
POL 259/LAW 259 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

PART TWO. FOUNDATION COURSES                                                               Subtotal: 9 credits

Select one in each category
Category A
Select one

ANT 230 Culture and Crime
POL 250 International Law and Justice

Category B
Select one

ECO 245 International Economics
PAD 260 International Public Administration
POL 257 Comparative Politics
POL 260 International Relations

Category C
SOC 341 International Criminology

PART THREE. SKILLS COURSES                                                                        Subtotal: 6-9 credits

Category A. Language Skills

One 200-level foreign language course in any language other than English

Students who have prior knowledge of a foreign language can take a placement exam in the Modern Language Center, (212-484-1140, to place out of this language requirement. Placement tests are available in: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Please note: The FLN 201 courses are typically offered in the Fall semesters
Please note: SPA 207, SPA 308 and SPA 335 do NOT fulfill this language requirement. They are taught in English.
                                                                                                                                                     Subtotal: 0-3 credits

Category B. Research Methods

STA 250 Principles and Methods of Statistics
ICJ 310 Foundations of Scholarship in International Criminal Justice
                                                                                                                                                     Subtotal: 6 credits

PART FOUR. SPECIALIZED AREAS                                                                   Subtotal: 9 credits

Students select three courses, with at least one in each category.
Category A. Global Perspectives on Crime
Select at least one

COR 303 Comparative Correction Systems
ECO 260 Environmental Economics, Regulation and Policy
ECO 327 The Political Economy of Gender
ECO 333 Sustainability: Preserving the Earth as a Human Habitat
HIS 352 History and Justice in the Wider World
HIS 383 History of Terrorism
ICJ 380 Selected Topics in International Criminal Justice
POL 210 Comparative Urban Political Systems
POL 246 Politics of Global Inequality
POL 320 International Human Rights
POL 322 International Organizations
POL 325 The Politics of Transnational Crime
POL 328 Politics of International Security
POL 362 Terrorism and International Relations
PSC 309 Comparative Police Systems
PSC 415 Seminar on Terrorism
SOC 251 Sociology of Human Rights
SOC 275 Political Imprisonment
SOC 333 Gender Issues in International Criminal Justice
SOC 335 Migration and Crime
EJS 240 Environmental Crime
EJS 300 Environmental Justice

Category B. Area/Regional Studies
Select at least one 
AFR 210 Drugs and Crime in Africa
AFR 220 Law and Justice in Africa 
AFR 229 Restorative Justice: Making Peace and Resolving Conflict
AFR 320 Perspectives on Justice in the Africana World
HIS 325 Criminal Justice in European Society, 1750 to the Present
HIS 359 History of Islamic Law
HIS 380 The Secret Police in Western Society
LLS 220 Human Rights and Law in Latin America
LLS 232/AFR 232 Comparative Perspectives on Crime in the Caribbean
LLS 242/POL 242/HIS 242 U.S. Foreign Policy in Latin America
LLS 250 Drugs, Crime and Law in Latin America 
LLS 356 Terror and Transtitional Justice in Latin America 
LLS 401 Seminar in Latina/o Issues: Gender, Race, Ethnicity and the Legal System
POL 331 Government and Politics in the Middle East and North Africa
PSC 250 Criminal Justice in Eastern Europe
SOC 351 Crime and Delinquency in Asia 
SOC 354 Gangs and Transnationalism

PART FIVE. INTERNSHIP                                                                                     Subtotal: 0-3 credits 

A highly recommended elective
ICJ 381 Internship in International Criminal Justice

PART SIX. CAPSTONE COURSE                                                                         Subtotal: 3 credits

ICJ 401 Capstone Seminar in International Criminal Justice

                                                                                                                                       Total Credit Hours: 45-56

                                                                                                                                                 Last Updated: 2/14/18