• Criminal Justice

    Students can either earn an Associate in Science degree from LaGuardia, or a Bachelor’s degree from John Jay through the Dual/Joint Criminal Justice Program.

  • The Criminal Justice program, administered by the Department of Social Science, is a Dual/Joint degree program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students who declare Criminal Justice as their major automatically become part of the CUNY Justice Academy (CJA), a transfer-focused collaboration that links selected associate degree programs at six City University of New York (CUNY) community colleges to baccalaureate degree programs at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

  • Students majoring in Criminal Justice take the first 60 credits at LaGuardia and the final 60 credits at John Jay. This means that when you successfully complete the first 60 credits and meet the College’s requirements for graduation, you not only receive an associate's degree from LaGuardia but are rewarded with the option of guaranteed admission to John Jay College. Once at John Jay, you will be on-track to complete your bachelor's degree in one of the CJA majors.

    CJA students are automatically enrolled into the Bachelor of Science (BS) at John Jay. Students can change their major at any time once they are matriculating at John Jay.


    You do not need to fill out a transfer application, and do not need to go to the transfer office. As a Criminal Justice major at LaGuardia you are part of the CUNY Justice Academy, a joint degree program with John Jay that guarantees your enrollment at John Jay once you have completed your Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice at LaGuardia. As you are nearing graduation from LaGuardia, you will receive an email from John Jay College asking you to confirm your intention to continue your studies at John Jay. The CJA team at John Jay College will then assist you with your transition to a bachelor’s degree program. You do not need to go to the transfer office. In the beginning of your last full semester at LaGuardia, simply register for “Intend to Graduate.” Next, email the CUNY Justice Academy Advisor, Frances Plata, to make an appointment during her office hours at LaGuardia: fplata@jjay.cuny.edu. In addition, a CJA advisor from John Jay is here on campus in the Social Science Department (C-459) every Thursday from 9 am -3 pm to assist you in making a seamless transfer once you have completed your degree at LaGuardia. For more information, visit the CJA Resources at John Jay College.

    LaGuardia has also partnered with John Jay and the New York Police Department as part of a new initiative called APPLE Corps (Academic Preparation Program for Law Enforcement), to create pathways in the first two years of the Associate degree or the Bachelor's degree for students working toward public service careers at the NYPD.

    Note: It is not recommended for students to transfer to John Jay College before completing their Associate’s degree at LaGuardia Community College. Students who do transfer early may lose credits, affecting financial aid and admission into a specific major at John Jay is not guaranteed.

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take.
    Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for Tutorials and how-to guides.


    Prospective Students
    Review the Criminal Justice Curriculum and the Recommended course sequence below.

    Recommended Course Sequence for students who do not need math remediation.

    Please note recommended Flexible Core courses are included in this sequence.


    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    CJF101
    First Year Seminar for Criminal Justice
    Program Core
    3
    CSE110
    Literacy and Propaganda
    Flexible Core: Individual & Society
    3
    HUC150
    The Art of Film Flexible Core: World Cultures
    3
    ENG101
    English Composition I
    Required Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    12


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSP101 U.S. Power & Politics Program Core 3
    SCH150 Drugs and Behavior Flexible Core: Individual & Society
    3
    Session Credits:
    6
    Total Credits:
    18


    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ101
    Intro to Criminal Justice
    Program Core
    3
    ENG102
    Writing through Literature Required Core 3
    MAT120
    Elementary Statistics Required Core
    3
    SSS100 Intro to Sociology
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits: 30


    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUP109
    Philosophy of Law
    Flexible Core: U.S. and Its Diversity
    3
    Session Credits:
    3
    Total Credits:
    33


    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ201
    Criminology Program Core
    3
    SSJ202
    Corrections and Sentencing Program Core
    3
    SSH102
    Themes in American History since 1865
    Program Core
    3
    ENG103
    Writing the Research Paper
    Program Core 3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    45


    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ203
    Policing
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    3
    Total Credits:
    48


    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSN204
    Crime & Justice in Urban Society
    Program Core 3
    SCB101
    Topics in Biology
    Required Core
    3
    SSY101
    General Psychology
    Flexible Core: Scientific World
    3
    HUC106
    Public Speaking
    Flexible Core: Creative Expressions
    3
    Session Credits: 12
    Total Credits:
    60


    Recommended Course Sequence for Students who Need Math Remediation

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    CJF101
    First Year Seminar for Criminal Justice
    Program Core
    3
    MAT096
    Basic Math


    HUC150
    The Art of Film Flexible Core: World Cultures
    3
    ENG101
    English Composition I
    Required Core
    3
    CSE110 Literacy & Propaganda Flexible Core: Individual & Society
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    12


    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSS100
    Intro to Sociology
    Program Core 3
    SCH150
    Drugs, society & Human Behavior
    Flexible Core: Individual & Society
    3
    Session Credits:
    6
    Total Credits:
    18


    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ101
    Intro to Criminal Justice Program Core
    3
    ENG102
    Writing Through Literature Program Core
    3
    SSP101 U.S. Power & Politics Program Core 3
    MAT120
    Elementary Statistics
    Required Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits: 30


    First Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    HUP109
    Philosophy of Law
    Flexible Core: U.S. and Its Diversity
    3
    Session Credits:
    3
    Total Credits:
    33


    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ201
    Criminology Program Core
    3
    SSJ202
    Corrections Program Core
    3
    SSH102
    Themes in American History since 1865 Program Core
    3
    ENG103
    Writing the Research Paper
    Program Core 3
    Session Credits:
    12
    Total Credits:
    45


    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSJ203
    Policing
    Program Core
    3
    Session Credits:
    3
    Total Credits:
    48


    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SSN204
    Crime & Justice in Urban Society
    Program Core 3
    SCB101
    Topics in Biology
    Required Core
    3
    SSY101
    General Psychology
    Flexible Core: Scientific World
    3
    HUC106
    Public Speaking
    Flexible Core: Creative Expressions
    3
    Session Credits: 12
    Total Credits:
    60


    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.


    In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. 

    Your Advising Team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you: 
     

    • Explore your major 
    • Select introductory and advanced courses 
    • Connect you with campus support services 
    • Prepare an educational and career plan.
    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone Office Location
    Sandra Cevallos,Advising Services
    scevallos@lagcc.cuny.edu
    718-482-5350 B 100L
    Emmeline Robles, Advising Services
    erobles@lagcc.cuny.edu   718-482-5256
    B 100J

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone  Office Location
    John Chaney, Lecturer jchaney@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4004 C 459UU
    Colleen Eren, Assistant Professor ceren@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4035 C 459R
    Cory Feldman, Instructor cfeldman@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-349-4003 C 459SS
    Camila Gelpi-Acosta, Assistant Professor cgelpi@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5794 C 459VV
    Vincent Keeton, Assistant Professor vkeeton@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6048 C 459BB
    Jill Kehoe, Instructor
    jkehoe@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5786 C 459
    Jeanne Viviani, Adjunct Faculty jviviani@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5785 C 459
    Jennifer Wynn, Associate Professor jwynn@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5791 C 459QQ

    An AS or BS degree in Criminal Justice opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities, including law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, social work, forensics, firefighting, juvenile justice and court administration, just to name a few.


    Employment prospects for criminal justice positions in New York City are growing at a faster than average rate. Moreover, 60 college credits satisfy the educational requirements for the vast majority of entry-level criminal justice positions in New York City, including police officer (60 credits), correction officer (39 credits), and firefighter (15 credits). Students seeking greater educational opportunities and exposure to a wider range of career choices including forensic science, forensic psychology, criminal justice administration, and international criminal justice are encouraged to earn their four-year degree.


    A degree in Criminal Justice is the first step to obtaining work in a variety of careers, including:


    Addiction Specialist
    Border Patrol
    CIA Agent
    Corrections Counselor
    Corrections Officer
    Court Clerk
    Court Reporter
    Customs Agent
    Cybercrime Specialist
    DEA Agent
    Defense Attorney
    Detective
    FBI Agent
    Firefighter
    Forensic Accountant
    Forensic Psychologist
    Forensic Scientist
    Investigator
    Juvenile Counselor
    Medical Examiner
    Mental Health Counselor 
    Paralegal 
    Parole Officer
    Police Officer
    Probation Officer
    Prosecutor
    Public Defender
    Security Officer
    Secret Service
    Sheriff
    Social Worker
    U.S. Marshall 


    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.