Criminal Justice

This program is for students who have an interest in the field of criminal justice. It is a joint degree program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in which students receive an Associate in Arts degree at Bronx Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. BCC graduates of the associate program are automatically accepted into John Jay’s program provided that they meet the academic and grade requirements (2.0 or better GPA)to continue with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at John Jay College. Criminal Justice is a growing field of study that provides intellectual stimulation and practical experience for students with an interest in police science, law, security management and other fields that incorporate supporting the infrastructure of the law, as well as working with people.

Curriculum Coordinator: Dr. Crystal Rodriguez

Our Criminal Justice Program is a joint degree program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Students receive an Associate of Arts degree from Bronx Community College, meeting all the academic requirements, and transition seamlessly to John Jay College to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice.

  • As a Criminal Justice major you are a part of the CUNY Justice Academy.
  • The CUNY Justice Academy is a transition-focused collaboration that links your Criminal Justice degree at BCC to the baccalaureate degree at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Learn more about CUNY Justice Academy

60 Credits required for AA Degree

Required Core

A. English Composition (6 Credits)

B. Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning¹ (3 Credits)

C. Life and Physical Science² (3-4 Credits)


Flexible Core

A. World Cultures and Global Issues (6 Credits)

B. U.S. Experience in its Diversity (3 Credits)

C. Creative Expression (3 Credits)

D. Individual and Society (3 Credits)

E. Scientific World (3 Credits)


Major Requirements

Students will complete a minimum of 12 credits of these requirements within the Flexible Core. Transfer students who have completed Common Core requirements at a previous institution will not be required to complete credits in excess of the 60 credit requirement.

  • ART 11 Introduction to Art History OR ART 12 Introduction to Art History: Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Middle East OR MUS 11 Introduction to Music OR MUS 12 Introduction to Music: A Multi-Cultural Survey of World Music (0-3 Credits)
  • COMM 11 Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication OR COMM 20 Public Speaking and Critical Listening (0-3 Credits)
  • ENG³ English Elective (0-3 Credits)

Major Requirements (cont.)

Additional Major Requirements

  • SCIENCE LAB¹ Science Laboratory (0-1 Credits)
  • PEA Physical Education OR CPR 10 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (1 Credit)
  • Free Electives (1-4 Credits)

Criminal Justice Requirements

  • CRJ 11 Introduction to Criminal Justice (0-3Credits)
  • CRJ 21 Introduction to Criminology (3 Credits)
  • CRJ 22 Introduction to Policing (3 Credits)
  • CRJ 23 Introduction to Corrections OR
    LAW 65 Criminal Law and Procedures (3 Credits)


¹ Students who take or transfer with MTH 30 or MTH 31 will have fulfilled Required Core B and will reduce free elective credits by one.
²This requirement is satisfied if a student takes a 4-credit STEM variant course in Required Area C or Flexible Core E.
³ Choose any ENG course from ENG 120-199. 4 Choose from GEO, PHL or any HIS course other than HIS 20.

CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) students are guaranteed admissions to John Jay College provided they meet the minimum entrance requirements:

  • Graduate with their associate degree in Criminal Justice
  • Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0 for CRJ (or 2.5 if formally dismissed from John Jay College)
  • Skills certified in Math (MTH 23) and English (ENG 11 and 12)

Learn more about making the transition to John Jay College

Transitioning Process

  • CUNY Justice Academy (CJA) students do not have to fill out an application or pay a commitment fee.
  • Graduating students will receive an invitation from the CJA, requesting their confirmation to start John Jay College for the upcoming semester.
  • Once you have confirmed your decision to enroll at John Jay College, the CJA team will begin evaluating your transcripts.
  • Once your transfer credits have been evaluated, the CJA team will contact you via email to attend an advisement session and register for classes at John Jay College.


  • Do ensure that you have a correct email on file via CUNY First. This is where your transitioning invitation will be sent!
  • Do reach out to your Academic Success Coach to find out when to expect the transitioning confirmation link.
  • Do fill out the transitioning confirmation link in a timely fashion.
  • Do ensure that you complete all skill certification courses before your last semester (all remedial sequences must be complete).
  • Do email for any questions regarding follow up for your transition.
  • Do begin looking at Major and Minor options at John Jay! See all John Jay Majors and Minors.


  • Don’t fill out an application into John Jay! As a CJA student your seat is guaranteed as long as you graduate with your 60 required credits and 2.0 GPA.
  • Don’t neglect the transition email that John Jay sends you. This will delay your registration at John Jay.
  • Don’t be impatient. Once you confirm your seat at John Jay it takes 3 to 4 weeks to review your degree audit. They will follow up with an email regarding recommended courses.

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