2014-2015 Undergraduate Bulletin

HIS 320 Topics in The History of Crime and Punishment in the United States

3 hours 

This course will explore crucial themes and events in the struggle for justice in America. Each section will focus on a different historical topic or event; examples include shifting notions of criminal punishment in the United States, the Attica prison riots, or changing notions of police brutality. Students will read both primary source documents and modern texts to examine how the topic under consideration was shaped by, and in turn shaped, contemporary culture.




ENG 201 and junior standing or above


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Struggle for Justice and Equality in the U.S. (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.