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John Jay College of Criminal Justice was born in the mid-1950s. The catalyst for the school came from growing concerns on the part of civic leaders and the New York City Police Department over increased complexity of police work in the administration and operation of the department, and the ongoing relations between police and the community. The school was named John Jay College of Criminal Justice to reflect broader education objectives in criminal justice, development of leadership and emphasis on professional achievement in public service. John Jay is one of the nation’s premier criminal justice and liberal arts institutions. The college brings together Pulitzer Prize-winning faculty and undergraduate/graduate students in diverse liberal arts disciplines to engage with issues of justice and diversity.
The undergraduate curriculum at John Jay offers approximately twenty-one fields of study including a wide array of liberal arts majors, minors and concentrations. They offer master's degrees in fields of study that range from criminal justice to liberal arts disciplines, as well as doctoral degrees through a partnership with The City University of New York’s Graduate Center.
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