In the Criminal Justice (CRJ) program you will find yourself in an academically stimulating environment, surrounded by highly committed and trained faculty. You will have guaranteed access to quality, yet affordable, college education at the heart of downtown Manhattan.
There is a dynamic Criminal Justice Student Club that meets weekly and holds numerous events, such as CRJ speaker series, a moot court, and related field trips across New York City. Finally we have an annual Career Information Fair for Criminal Justice students, and a comprehensive list of career planning services through the Career Development Center.
To help you succeed in your studies, we have an on-site childcare center, an Office of Veteran’s Affairs, peer tutoring and professional counselors at the Learning Center, and an Office of Accessibility to assist students with disabilities as well as many other student services.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some of the positions within the field of Criminal Justice are expected to grow at a faster than average rate in the United States. For example, detective positions are expanding, and there is a projected growth of 21% by 2020. As a CRJ major there are several career paths available to you. Among many others, you could choose between opportunities in law enforcement agencies, corrections, parole or probation, forensics, the courts, firefighting, juvenile delinquency, or pursue a law degree.
With your A.A. Degree in CRJ, you will qualify for the following positions: New York City Police Officer, Corrections Officer, New York City Firefighter or Security Officer.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in CRJ, you will be eligible for employment as a New York State Parole or Probation Officer, Homeland Security Office, Private Investigator, ATF Agent, U.S. Marshal, Customs and Border Patrol Agent, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Officer, Drug Enforcement Agent or Criminologist.
BMCC has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow you to seamlessly continue your education there.
The CUNY Justice Academy is a transfer-focused partnership that links the Criminal Justice A.A. Degree completed at Borough of Manhattan C.C. to Baccalaureate Degree Programs at John Jay College, provided that students meet academic requirements (GPA of 2.0 or above).
When you enroll at BMCC´s Criminal Justice Program you automatically receive dual admission into John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The first 60 credits of your college education are taken at BMCC, and your final 60 credits at the senior college. Once you satisfy BMCC’s degree requirements, you are granted automatic transfer into John Jay College.
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Academic Program Maps
- Criminal Justice is the field that studies formal social control. This course covers the processing of crime by agents of formal control (police, courts, and institutional corrections). The general focus is on understanding the complex interactions of structures and agents in the system. Of particular concern are discretion and diversity in law enforcement, due process in criminal courts, and the punishment-rehabilitation dichotomy in corrections. The ultimate goal is to provide a critical foundation that prepares students for the challenges of a career in criminal justice.
- This is an introductory and foundational course in the study of crime and justice. It is designed to introduce students to the various historical and contemporary theories and empirical research used to understand deviant and criminal behavior. This course takes a critical approach to the study of the definition and measurement of crime, as well as applications of these theories to practice and in policy. Offending and victimization, as these relate to specific crime types (i.e., white collar crime, violent crime, sex crime, drug related crimes, etc.) will be explored. Prerequisite: SOC 100
- This course provides a historical overview of the relationship of the states of the Bill of Rights, and how the Supreme Court has interpreted the powers of the federal government. The effect of the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment on the application of the Bill of Rights to the states is examined through a study of the leading Supreme Court decisions related to criminal justice. Topics include characteristics and powers of the three branches of government, the principles governing the operation of the Bill of Rights, and the variables affecting the formulation of judicial policy. Prerequisite: POL 100
- This course is intended to broaden the studenta??s understanding of the origins and development of law enforcement agencies in the United States. Moreover, the course will examine the complex role of the police in a democratic society in the criminal justice system. An emphasis will be placed on recruitment, the training process and the importance of diversity, particularly among larger police departments in the U.S. The course will also examine contemporary legal issues and modern strategies such as community, evidence-based, intelligence-led and predictive policing. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course examines the history of criminal punishment in Western society, emphasizing the United States. The course highlights social forces (political, religious, economic, and technological) shaping punishment; reviews common theories (deterrence, retribution, rehabilitation, incapacitation, and restoration) and examines how theory relates to policy. The course takes a critical approach to correctional systems and policies by considering disparities and structural inequalities. Empirical evidence is used to examine contemporary crises of punishment (i.e., mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline) as well as prison culture, staffing, privatization, and prisoner civil rights. Alternatives to traditional punishment, especially restorative justice models, are explored. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course takes a critical approach to the study of crime and justice in urban settings. Course materials examine contemporary crime-related issues that affect urban communities within a historical and sociological context. The course highlights the intersections of deviant behavior and the criminal justice system within the structures of class, race, gender, and power inequalities. Topics explored may include racial profiling, juvenile delinquency, media representations of crime, policing, the war on drugs, and prisoner re-entry. Prerequisite: CRJ 101
- This course is intended primarily for those students who intend to pursue professional careers in fields such as economics, finance, management, and administration. It is also open to highly motivated students in other areas. Topics include: national income and national product; saving, consumption, investment, the multiplier theory, fiscal policy, inflation, employment and business cycles. The student will also be acquainted with money, banking, and central bank monetary policies, as well as some of the more significant theories of international trade and economic development.
Please note, these requirements are effective the 2016-2017 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.
- Consult with an advisor on which courses to take to satisfy these areas.
- These areas can be satisfied by taking a STEM variant.
- No more than two courses in any discipline or interdisciplinary field can be used to satisfy Flexible Core requirements.