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John Jay College is both an internationally recognized leader in scholarly research on criminal justice and a premier academic institution whose public service mission draws students from around the world. Each of our criminal-justice oriented majors is broadened by a curriculum rich in the liberal arts and taught by experts in their field. A wide range of academic disciplines is examined, and subjects integral to justice, security and the rule of law, explored.
Undergraduate and graduate coursework is informed by the critical research conducted at John Jay. Queries about the role of the media in criminal justice, prisoner reentry, human rights and terrorism are posed and debated by John Jay’s centers and institutes. These serve to further the scholarly discourse surrounding these complex issues and provide essential information used by academics, policymakers and practitioners.
John Jay’s faculty brings together at one college some of the most renowned and internationally recognized experts in the criminal justice field. A tradition of academic excellence here affords students the opportunity to learn from scholars who, while winning coveted prizes for their studies, know the importance and value of teaching future leaders.
Students and faculty take advantage of our mid-Manhattan location, participating fully in the vibrant urban life outside our doors. The inspiration and stimulation the city offers provides them with exceptional community service opportunities and a deeper understanding of the social contract. In addition to a top-tier education, we help our students plot their course from the theoretical world of academia to the practical job of changing the world.
With the Hudson River greenway to our West, Central Park to our east, Lincoln Center to the north, and the Chelsea Piers to the south, travel in any direction from John Jay and find a multitude of recreational and cultural possibilities. The Upper West Side of Manhattan, where John Jay’s buildings stretches along 10th Avenue, is dotted with dozens of cafes and restaurants. We are also near the Time Warner Center, a 21st Century transportation and shopping hub. For the price of a MetroCard, you can visit the Cloisters, the Coney Island boardwalk and Greenwich Village.