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Introduction to Accounting: ACC 250 – 501 (IN PERSON).  The course will consider topics that are basic to the accounting process while giving attention to criminal accounting manipulations.  Students completing this course will have a broad understanding of the accounting cycle.  Students will gain knowledge of the basic accounts found in an accounting system including: revenues, expenses, assets, lliabilities and equity accounts.  Students will learn how to prepare basic financial statements and analyze them to determine the fiscal viability of an organization.  Attention will be given to cases involving accounting scandals and frauds.  This course prepares students for the Introduction to Forensic Accounting.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Intermediate Microeconomics: ECO 225 – 501 (IN PERSON).  This course builds on basic economic principles to examine how individuals, households, groups, and businesses make decisions to allocate scarce resources.  Topics often addressed are: consumer/producer decisions; competition; monopolies and the concentration of capital; income distribution; labor markets; discrimination; social and criminal theft; profit distribution; the environment; and public goods.  These topics are studied from a variety of theoretical perspectives including study of their associated policy prescriptions.  Prerequisite: ENG 101; and ECO 101, ECO 120, or ECO 125

Principles and Methods of Statistics: STA 250 – 501/502 (IN PERSON) / 598 (ONLINE).   Introduction to statistics as applied to the social sciences.  Emphasis on the basic assumptions underlying statistical concepts and the role of statistics in the analysis and interpretation of data.  Problems in frequency distribution, measures of location and variation, probability and sampling, tests of hypotheses and significance, linear regression and correlation, time series, and index numbers.  Note: This course includes the use of SPSS software.  Prerequisite: ENG 101; and MAT 108, MAT 141, or Graduate Standing


Paintinf of New York City skyline in watercolor Art, Culture, & Literature

Arts and Culture in the African Diaspora: AFR 132 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines the arts and cultural production in social justice movements across the African Diaspora.  Course sections examine different genres of cultural production, focusing on the ways in which the arts both impact and are influenced by social and political happenings.  Possible topics include dance, oral tradition, spoken word poetry, hip hop, theater, and visual arts.  Special attention will be paid to the intersections of creative expression and performance and how these practices shape our concepts of the African Diaspora.

Digital Photography I: ART 113 – 501 (IN PERSON).  This course is an introduction to digital photography as an art medium and form of communication.  Topics include basic DSLR camera operation and use of imaging software, associated with an introductory knowledge of concepts from history and theory of photography, which include the development of the medium since its inception to the current day (i.e. from the daguerreotype to digital).  Students are encouraged to create artwork that responds to research and to philosophical inquiry, and which articulates original ideas, keeping in mind the complex ethical issues associated with representation. 

Art in New York: ART 201 – 501 (IN PERSON).  New York is a vibrant center of the international art world, where art is produced, collected, displayed, and discussed in both private and public places.  This course will focus on the social, political, cultural, and economic factors that have contributed to New York's development as a city of major importance in the art world.  Special attention will be given to the history of local art institutions, to New York's cultural geography, and to the emergence of popular urban culture and public art.  Classroom and gallery lectures will be complemented with field trips.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Selected Topics in Creative Writing: ENG 380 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course will study and focus on creating a graphic novel and is writing intensive.  Prerequisite: ENG 201

Literature as Witness: LIT 237 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course investigates how literature represents, engages and reflects upon issues and events in their historical moment.  Students will explore literary genre, form, and styles while learning how literature narrates and shapes present and past events.  Course topics may include wars and religion, family models, social resistance, reformations and renaissances.  Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in U.S. Literature: LIT 326 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from the United States in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood.  Students will read literary texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime, philosophies of law, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context.  Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation.  Prerequisite: ENG 201 and Junior Standing

Crime, Punishment, and Justice in World Literatures: LIT 327 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines literary texts about crime, punishment, and justice from around the world in order to explore how questions of right, wrong, and fairness have been and are understood in various cultures and historical periods.  Students will read literary texts that question the psychological and social causes of crime, philosophies of law, the varieties and purposes of punishment, and what justice might mean in any given context.  Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literary concepts and methods of interpretation.  Prerequisites: ENG 201 and Junior Standing

Piano: MUS 120 – 501 (IN PERSON).  The basics of playing the piano.  Instruction in reading music for the piano as well as the fundamentals of technique, including hand positions and finger exercises.  Daily practice required; practice pianos available on campus.  Exploration of the general history and literature of the piano.

Introduction to Guitar: MUS 140 – 501 (IN PERSON).  This course will enable a beginning student to learn how to play the guitar and read music.  Basic musical concepts to be covered include treble and bass clef, scales, chords, melody, and harmony.  The student will learn the fundamentals of guitar technique including hand positions and finger exercises.  The construction and technology of the instrument will be explored and discussed in conjunction with the study of technique in a variety of musical cultures and contexts from around the world. 


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Personal Physical Fitness and Dynamic Health: PED 103 – 501 (IN PERSON).  The student will analyze modern concepts of fitness, evaluate one's personal level of health and fitness, examine the values of various exercise programs, perform exercises designed to improve muscular and cardiovascular systems, and understand concepts of weight management, diet and nutrition, and stress management.

Personal & Public Health: Social Context; Private Choices: PED 110 – 597 (ONLINE).  This course examines individual health in the context of social, political, and cultural behaviors and beliefs.  Focusing primarily on 'preventable' diseases, the course draws on a variety of public-health theories to analyze disparities in disease and longevity among diverse populations while also encouraging students to understand their own health-related choices in both personal and socio-cultural terms.

Yoga I: PED 166 – 501 (IN PERSON).  An introduction to the fundamental posture exercises, breathing and relaxation techniques of yoga as a basis for physical and mental self-improvement.  This an activity course.  NOTE: JJC Students may apply no more than 4 credits of activity courses toward their degree requirements.  There is no restriction on the number of 3-credit physical education courses that can be used to fulfill elective requirements.

Stress Management: PED 180 – 597 (ONLINE) / 599 (ONLINE).  This course will explain the sources and consequences of stress.  Key theories and terminology will be discussed and evaluated.  A variety of instruments which measure stress levels among individuals will be demonstrated.  Coping techniques enabling students to adjust to the demands of stress will be described and practiced. 

Death, Dying, & Society: A Life Crises Management Issue: ANT/PHI/PSY/SOC 224 – 599 (ONLINE).  Death and dying will be viewed from the perspectives of a variety of academic disciplines and applied fields.  The course will deal with the dying process: the different cultural practices and beliefs related to this process; its impact on the individual and his or her family particularly in the areas of grief, mourning, and restructuring of the family; and it will examine the ways different occupational groups are routinely involved with death and dying and the methods they evolve to manage it for others and cope with it themselves.  The course will also explore different types of death, death at different periods in the life cycle, euthanasia, abortion and ethical, religious existential issues related to death and dying.  The course will be multidisciplinary.  Prerequisite: ENG 101; and any 100-LEVEL ANT/PHI/PSY/SOC or PHI 231


People holding up balloons in different colors in front of their face Multiculturalism & Diversity

Urban Anthropology: ANT 208 – 501 (IN PERSON).  The basic concepts and perspectives of anthropology are used to examine the many different subcultures and groups which make up the urban environment, both in the United States and in other complex societies.  It examines how these groups both conflict with and cooperate with each other, as they compete for urban space and urban resources.  The course includes examination of deviant behavior as it exists within the context of the urban environment, and the ways in which the special characteristics of cities relate to the emergence and maintenance of a great diversity of lifestyles and subcultures.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Sex and Culture: ANT/PSY/SOC 210 – 501 (IN PERSON) / 599 (ONLINE).  The study of behavioral and psychological differences between males and females in the light of contemporary theories of social structure, social learning, and individual development.  Emphasis on the examination of contemporary theoretical issues in cross-cultural perspective.  Prerequisite: ENG 101 and Sophomore Standing

Culture and Crime: ANT 230 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines crime, criminality and responses to crime from an anthropological and cross-cultural perspective.  Students will analyze the concept of crime as a cultural construct and as a social phenomenon and consider its causes, factors and complexities in a global context.  Norms and transgressions will be explored through ethnographic case studies of and cross-cultural research on a variety of world cultures and how power, economics, identity, gender, religion, and other meaning systems are integrated with these transgressions on local, national and global scales.  Students will study cases critically and learn qualitative anthropological methods such as interviews and observation to consider and compare examples of and attitudes toward crime in their own society.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Gender & Work Life: CSL 260 – 599 (ONLINE).  In this interdisciplinary course, articles from a variety of disciplines including counseling, history, psychology, economics, sociology, gender studies, and organizational studies will be read to understand the changing roles and expectations of people at work in the U.S.  Students will explore the meanings of gender, race, ethnicity, class, accessibility issues, and sexual orientation in human development.  The course will address how formal and informal types of social control associated with these categories operate in career options and choice, and experiences in the workplace.  Students will also explore what activities constitute work. For instance, can parenting or other forms of unpaid labor be considered a job?  Prerequisite: ENG 201

The Latina/o Experience of Criminal Justice: LLS 325 – 501 (IN PERSON).  This course analyzes the criminal justice system and its impact on the lives and communities of Latino/as and other groups in the United States.  Particular emphasis is placed on Latino/as human and civil rights and the role that race, ethnicity, gender, and class play in the criminal justice system.  Interdisciplinary readings and class discussions center on issues such as the over-representation of Latino/as and racial minorities in the criminal justice system; law and police-community relations, racial profiling, stop and frisk policies, immigration status, detentions and deportations, Latino/a youth, media representations, gangs, and access to education and employment and the school-to-prison-pipeline.  Prerequisite: ENG 201 and Junior Standing

Social Psychology: PSY 221 – 501 (IN PERSON) / 599 (ONLINE).  A survey of the theories, research and findings related to the individual's functioning and behavior in society and society's effect on the individual.  Among the major topics covered are socialization, social roles, group process, leadership, communication and language development, and attitude formation and change.  Prerequisite: ENG 101 and PSY 101

Multicultural Psychology: PSY 352 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course will investigate the influence of sociocultural factors, such as race, ethnicity, gender and class, on human thought and behavior.  Students will explore different theoretical ways in which psychology addresses the tensions between cultural differences and universals, with a focus on how cultures construct human thought, behavior and identity.  Building on this theoretical foundation, the course examines varying perspectives on psychological constructs, such as gender, sexuality, parenting and identity, as crucial components of self-hood.  Students will be challenged to think critically about universal assumptions in psychology and to become aware of cultural influences on individuals.  The application of multicultural principles to psychological practice and research will be integrated throughout the course.  Prerequisite: ENG 201; and PSY 101 and STA 250


Police Sirens Policing & Corrections

Introduction to Police Studies: PSC 101 – 599 (ONLINE). A survey of law enforcement agencies, their role, history, and development within the field of criminal justice.  Prerequisite: ENG 101

Police and Diversity: PSC 202 – 599 (ONLINE). This course will explore the pervasive influence of culture, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation and various disabilities on daily encounters, contacts and interaction between police officers and civilian employees of police organizations, and other community members.  The emphasized focus is on the cross - cultural contact, ethno- cultural diversity, the need for awareness and understanding of cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, sexual orientation, gender, and an array of disabilities and other differences.  The need to understand these differences is rooted in the concept of procedural justice and respect for those of different backgrounds that influences the decision making processes regarding deployment and other operational considerations.  Prerequisite: ENG 101; and PSC 101, CJBS 101, CRJ 101, ICJ 101, or equivalent 

Police Ethics: CRJ/PHI 321 – 501 (IN PERSON).  An identification and analysis of the diverse ethical issues encountered in the police service.  Traditional ethical theories will be examined and will be applied to such topics as discretion, deadly physical force, misconduct, authority and responsibility, affirmative action, civil disobedience, undercover operations, and privacy.  Prerequisite: ENG 201 and PHI 231

The Law and Institutional Treatment: COR 201 – 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines the process of law from arrest to release from confinement in its relation to correctional principles and practices.  Functions of the police, defense, prosecution, courts, probation, correction, parole will be explored as will the civil rights of the accused and the convicted.  The course will also review legal documents relating to commitment, bail, fines, and writs.  Prerequisite: ENG 101; and COR 101, CRJ 101, ICJ 101, CJBS 101, or equivalent 

Race, Class, and Gender in a Correctional Context: COR 320 – 501 (IN PERSON) / 599 (ONLINE).  This course examines the role of race, class, and gender within the institutional correctional community.  An analysis of the impact upon clients, staff, and administration through examination of current correctional institutions and case studies by selected corrections experts is also covered.  Prerequisite: ENG 101 and COR 101; or CJBS 101, CRJ 101, PSC 101, or equivalent and Sophomore Standing. 


A gavel Social Justice & The Law

American Cultural Pluralism and the Law: ANT 330 – 599 (ONLINE).  Culturally different groups use law in the United States to assert their rights and to maintain their cultural autonomy.  They may also avoid courts and solve disputes within their communities. This course examines, through legal and ethnographic cases, the ways in which culturally different groups interact with law in the United States.  The groups studied may include Native Americans and Native Hawaiians, African Americans, Asian Americans, Mormons, Amish, Rastafarians, Hasidic Jews, Latinos, Gypsies, gays, women, and the homeless.  Prerequisite: ENG 201

Latino/a Struggles for Civil Rights and Social Justice: LLS 322 – 501 (IN PERSON).  This course provides an interdisciplinary overview of the experiences of Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and other Latino/as during the Civil Rights period.  It focuses on the Latino/a social movements during the 1960s and their consequences today for the struggles for civil rights and social justice of Latino/as and other racial minorities in the US.  Topics include access to education and employment; immigrant rights; detention and deportation; race and crime; Latino/a and African American alliance building; Latino/a citizenship and the military and gender values and sexuality.  Prerequisite: ENG 201 and Junior Standing

The Criminal Process and the Criminal Procedure Law: LAW 212 – 599 (ONLINE).  A study of criminal procedures which examines the process by which criminal law is brought to bear on individuals in society as provided in the New York Criminal Procedure Law.  Consideration of current court decisions that affect the application of this law, and the role and responsibility of the police as witnesses will also be covered.  Prerequisite: ENG 101 and Sophomore Standing

Jurisprudence: LAW 301 – 501/502 (IN PERSON).  This course considers the study of the theory and philosophy of law and the relationship between law and society.  Issues to which special attention will be paid include the problem of disobedience, the nature of the judicial process, and the relations between law and personal morality.  Current controversies about civil disobedience, the role of courts, "non-victim" crimes, and the relationship of the police to the rule of law will be explored.  Prerequisite: ENG 201; and LAW 203, POL 230, or POL 301, and Junior Standing

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