200-Level Sophomore Transfer Seminars

Your sophomore transfer seminar fulfills the 200-level Justice Core (a general education college option requirement).

Your sophomore transfer seminar fulfills the 200-level Justice Core (a general education college option requirement). 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 and posted during the fall 2024 semester


ECO 207-03: Movements for Economic Justice  

  • Professor Nathaniel Wright
  • Class Meeting Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday 10:50a - 12:05p
  • Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
  • Registration Code: 35339

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.


HIS 255-01: Famous Trials that Made History

  • Professor Sara McDougall
  • Class Meeting Day/Time: Wednesday 3:05p - 4:20p
  • Instruction Mode: HYBRID
  • Registration Code: 35338

Some judicial trials, even from the very distant past, remain embedded in our collective memory and imagination decades or even centuries later. In this course, we will investigate together famous trials from the Middle Ages, seeking to understand the function of criminal justice in Medieval Europe (500-1500), and also why people still care about these trials today. We will use these legal battles to think about issues such as justice itself, different methods of seeking or providing justice, and the role of gender and other social and class differences. We will also consider what makes a trial "famous," and how we could try to convince others to recognize the significance of a trial that matters to us. 

While we do this work your peer mentor and I will also introduce you to the college and its resources. There will be guest speakers, advisement and career help, library visits, and more.

International Criminal Justice

ICJ 205-01: The UN Sustainable Development Goals and Global Justice

  • Professor Rosemary Barbaret
  • Class Meeting Day/Time: Thursday 10:50a - 12:05p
  • Instruction Mode: HYBRID
  • Registration Code: 35321

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.


SOC 220-02: Health Equity and Social Justice

  • Professor Mohammad Hamad
  • Class Meeting Day/Time: Monday 4:30p - 5:45p
  • Instruction Mode: HYBRID
  • Registration Code: 35340

This course will examine equal rights and opportunities, as they relate 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 they relate to current public health crises, including global pandemics (e.g., Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) and HIV/AIDS), national epidemics (e.g., domestic violence (and intimate partner violence), mass killings by firearms, and racism, as a public health crisis).