Academic Planning

Majors and Minors at John Jay

Making the Most of Your Education at John Jay

To make the most of your education, you want to choose courses and make use of opportunities that match your interests and goals. Though many CJA students transition with a major already decided, remember, a goal of college is to expand and find the BEST fit for you! 

Here are some steps you can take to confirm your choice of major and consider minors, certificate programs, and other opportunities.

  • Meet with your major advisor to discuss requirements, options, and career opportunities within your major. To find your major advisor,

    • Go to the John Jay List of Majors
    • Follow the link with your major (if you majored in Forensic Financial Analysis, choose the Economics Major)
    • Look for the name(s) and contact information for the “Major Advisor(s)” or “Coordinator(s)”

  • Consider a minor or certificate program* to make your electives count and stand out when you apply for jobs or internships.
    Many CJA students transitioning to John Jay have 15-24 elective credits to fulfill.  Elective credits can be anything you want. They can be fun, or offer a chance to enhance your resume, build other skills or explore other disciplines in which you might be interested. 

    *Forensic Science majors typically do NOT have room for more than two or three electives, however. (If you are an FOS major, please see your advisor as soon as possible to determine the number of electives available to you and how to map out any planned electives.)

    A minor or certificate shows you have a broader range of knowledge, experience, and skills

    To explore and choose a minor or certificate program:

    • Review the descriptions of minors and certificate programs that might interest you, as well as descriptions of courses in the minor. See John Jay Minors   and John Jay Certificate Programs.
    • As you are reading the descriptions, think about:
      • What minors and certificate programs have courses that you’d be interested in taking?
      • Which minor or certificate program might help you reach your career goals or give you more career options?
    • Meet with an Academic Advisor (New Building L.73)
      • Discuss which minors or certificate program you are interested in
      • Review the requirements to see how the minor or certificate program could fit into the credits you have for electives (courses outside of your major and general education requirements that you can choose)
      • Ask the advisor how to contact the minor or certificate coordinator to learn more about the skills and knowledge you’ll develop, how it could help with your academic and career goals, and what the typical assignments are
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