2016-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin

History of the College

A recognized international leader in educating for justice, John Jay offers a rich liberal arts and professional studies curriculum to a diverse student body. John Jay, a senior college of The City University of New York, began in 1964 to educate New York City police officers; today, as one of the country’s leading educational institutions, it enrolls a diverse student body and advances research and education about justice as a broadly conceived subject that pervades almost every aspect of human existence. The strength, reputation and vitality of the College are embodied in the commitment to academic excellence of the faculty, many of whom are prize winning authors, well-known creative artists, and recognized experts in their fields. They conduct critical research in areas such as violent behavior, DNA analysis, drug-abuse trends, gender discrimination, child aggression, sexual abuse, eyewitness reliability, immigration and international human rights.