2016-2017 Graduate Bulletin

Race and Criminal Justice, Advanced Certificate

The Advanced Certificate in Race and Criminal Justice offers advanced instruction on contemporary law and history of racial oppression in four critical areas of expertise: law, criminology, policing, and penology.

This advanced certificate is appropriate for students who wish to engage in research, become public or private security professionals at local, state or federal levels, or join U.S. agencies concerned with civil rights and criminal justice.

This is a stand-alone certificate at the post-baccalaureate level. A student may pursue the advanced certificate independent of a master’s program or while pursuing a John Jay master’s degree.

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of US law, policing, penology, and criminology as they relate to racism and discrimination
  • apply professional analysis and ethics to case studies
  • use professional analysis and ethics to design interventions to reduce racism in and through criminal justice systems.

Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a New York State Education Department certificate.

Requirements for the Advanced Certificate

Required Courses

CRJ 736Seminar in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties


CRJ 737Race, Punishment, and Prison


CRJ 738Perspectives on Race and Crime in America


CRJ 757Police and the Community


Total Credit Hours: 12

For additional information about the Advanced Certificate in Race and Criminal Justice, please contact the Office of Admissions at 212.237.8863 or visit the website: www.jjay.cuny.edu/graduate .