Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) (BS)

Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) (BS)


The major is intended for students who seek a career in criminal justice and would like to explore the field from a broad perspective. It is devoted to understanding criminal justice institutional theory and practice in the context of diverse multicultural societies. The major underscores the rule of law as the glue which holds together the arenas of police, courts, and corrections that along with other social institutions and the public, are the co–producers of justice.

Learning outcomes. Students will:

•     Understand the historical development, functions and roles of each component of the criminal justice system.

•     Describe and critically examine the major criminological theories on crime causation and prevention, and apply them to criminal justice practice.

•     Critically analyze the social response to crime and the practice of criminal justice.

•     Demonstrate the ability to access, conduct, interpret, and apply criminal justice research.

Credits Required.

Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory and Practice) Major


General Education




Total Credits Required for B.S. Degree


Coordinator. Professor Serguei Cheloukhine, Department of Law and Police Science (212.237.8391,

Advisors. Ms. Charlotte Cuss and Ms. Wanda Owens, Academic Advisement Center, (L.73 NB, Make an appointment using AdvisorTrac.

Advising resources. CJBS Major Advisement Video. CJBS Information Packet. CJBS Worksheet. Sample Four-year Plan of Study. Practical Tips for the CJBS Major. CJBS Major Advising Resources.

Baccalaureate/Master’s Program in Criminal Justice. Qualified undergraduate students may enter the Baccalaureate/Master’s Program and thereby graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in criminal justice. For additional information, contact Dr. Janice Carrington, 212-237-8418,

Study abroad. Students in the College’s Study Abroad Program may use some of their study abroad credits to substitute for related courses in the major. With regard to particular courses, the student should consult with the coordinator for the major. For information about the College’s Study Abroad Program, contact Mr. Kenneth Yanes (212.484.1339,

Additional requirement. As part of this major, students must take three courses in Part 3. Distribution Areas, one from each category A-C.  At least two of those courses must be at the 300–level or above and must come from different categories.

Additional information. Students who enrolled for the first time at the College or changed to this major in September 2012 or thereafter must complete the major in the form presented here. Students who enrolled prior to that date may choose the form shown here or the earlier version of the major. A copy of the earlier version may be obtained in the 2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin. 

FOUNDATIONAL COURSES                                                                                              Subtotal: 6 credits


POL 101

American Government & Politics


SOC 101

Intro to Sociology


Advisor recommendations: Students are strongly urged to complete these courses during their first year in the College. SOC 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: Individual and Society and POL 101 can fulfill the Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity areas of the College’s General Education requirements.

PART ONE. CORE REQUIREMENTS                                                                            Subtotal: 24 credits

CJBS 101 Introduction to the American Criminal Justice System
CJBS 250 Research Methods and Statistics for Criminal Justice
CJBS 300 Criminal Justice: Theory in Practice
CJBS 415 Capstone Seminar for BS in Criminal Justice
COR 101 Introduction to Corrections
LAW 203 Consitutional Law
PSC 101 Introduction to Police Studies
SOC 203 Criminology 

PART TWO. DIVERSITY                                                                                                       Subtotal: 3 credits

Select One
COR 320 Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
CRJ 420/SOC 420 Women and Crime
LAW 313/POL 313 The Law and Politics of Race Relations
LAW 340 Employment Discrimination Law, Affirmative Action and Police Organization
PSC 202 Police and Diversity
PSC 235 Women in Policing 

PART THREE. DISTRIBUTION AREAS                                                                         Subtotal: 9 credits

Select three courses, one from each category A-C (at least two of those courses must be at the 300-level or above and come from different categories)

Category A. Police
Select One
CJBS 377 Internships for Criminal Justice, Law and Policing
CRJ 255 Computer Applications in Criminal Justice
CRJ 321 Police Ethics
CRJ 425 Seminar on Major Works in Criminal Justice 
PSC 107 Introduction to Criminal Investigations
PSC 201 Police Organization and Administration
PSC 204 The Patrol Function
PSC 216 Crime Mapping
PSC 227 Police Training Programs: Goals, Content and Administration
PSC 271/PSY 271 Psychological Foundations of Police Work
PSC 300 Police Management and Adminstration in the U.S.
PSC 306 Police Work with Juveniles
PSC 309 Comparative Police Systems
PSC 324 Police Use of Force: Legal, Theoretical and Practical Implications
PSC 340 Planning for Police Operations and Management
PSC 380 Selected Topics in Police Science
PSC 385 Faculty Mentored Research Experience in Police Science
PSC 405 Organized Crime in America
PSC 415 Seminar on Terrorism

Category B. Law and Courts
Select one
CJBS 377 Internships for Criminal Justice, Law and Policing
CRJ 322/PHI 322 Judicial and Correctional Ethics
LAW 202 Law and Evidence
LAW 204 Criminal Law of New York
LAW 206 The American Judiciary
LAW 209 Criminal Law
LAW 212 The Crminal Process and Criminal Procedure Law
LAW 213/COM 213 The Impact of the Mass Media on the Administration of Justice
LAW 259/POL 259 Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
LAW 301 Jurisprudence
LAW 310/PHI 310 Ethics and Law
LAW 320 Seminar in the Law of Search and Seizure
LAW 370/PSY 370 Psychology and the Law
LAW 380 Selected Topics in Law
LAW 401 Problems of Constitutional Development
LAW 420/PAD 420 Contemporary Administration and the Judiciary
SUS 240 Environmental Crime

Category C. Corrections
Select one

COR 201 The Law and Institutional Treatment
COR 202 The Administration of Correctional Programs for Juveniles
COR 230/PSC 230 Sex Offenders in the Criminal Justice System
COR 250 Rehabilitation of the Offender
COR 282 Principles of Correctional Operations
COR 303 Comparative Correction Systems
COR 310 Fieldwork in Corrections
COR 320 Race, Class and Gender in a Correctional Context
COR 380 Selected Topics in Corrections
COR 401 Evaluating Correctional Methods and Programs
COR 402 Administration of Community-based Corrections Programs
COR 415 Major Works in Corrections
COR 430 Senior Seminar in Correctional Studies
CRJ 322/PHI 322 Judicial and Correctional Ethics

Note: courses can only be used to satisfy one area in the major.

                                                                                                                                    Total Credit Hours: 42

                                                                                                                                          Last Updated: 12/27/17