Deviance, Crime, and Culture Major Resources

Deviance, Crime, and Culture Major Resources

The major in Deviance, Crime, and Culture (DCC) provides students with a critical and interdisciplinary understanding of important social problems and institutional responses to treat and control them. Students learn highly effective qualitative data collection skills such as ethnographic interviewing, participant-observation, case studies and focus groups. They also acquire analytical competence in cross-cultural awareness, human diversity and the contextualization of concepts of deviance and institutions of power and control.  

Here you will find:
● Key information about your major
● How and when to meet with your major advisor
● Planning tools that will help you track your progress in the major
● Ways to explore career opportunities related to the DCC major
Take a few moments to look at the information below. It will help you plan effectively and avoid surprises during your studies at John Jay.
DCC Requirements

Major Requirements

You are responsible for the major requirements that were in effect when you declared the major. To confirm the requirements you should be following, go to the Undergraduate Bulletin for that academic year. For example, if you declared the  major in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, you would click on the 2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin. If you declared the major and then left the College for more than one full semester, you’re responsible for the major requirements in effect when you return, if they have changed. Not sure when you declared the major? Find out here.
Below, find the Undergraduate Bulletin that was in effect when you declared the major.

DCC Courses That Meet General Education Requirements

Each of the following DCC courses can count toward your major requirements and toward your General Education requirements:
& Society
College Option
HIS 214
*Foundation course options for the DCC major


Major Advising

Major Advising in Fall/Spring

Deviance, Crime, and Culture major advising will be offered remotely in the Fall 2023 semester. DCC majors should email Professor Marta-Laura Haynes ( with any questions, and she is happy to arrange for zoom advising meetings if desired. 

Major Advising in Summer/Winter

Deviance, Crime, and Culture advising will be done remotely during Summer session 2023. Majors who want to set up an appointment should email Professor Marta-Laura Haynes (, giving her at least 24 hours notice, and she is happy to arrange for a Zoom advising meeting. 

Registration and Major Holds

Sophomores with 45-59 credits may have a major hold placed on their registration. The hold will be removed when they have a major advising appointment with Professor Marta-Laura Haynes ( This discussion will encourage wise planning and allow students to ask any questions they may have about the major. How do you know if you have a major hold? Go to CUNYfirst and complete the following steps:


  1. Check the Holds box of your CUNYfirst Student Center. If "Advisement Required" appears, click on “details.”



  1. Click on “Advisement Required.”

  1. See which type of advisement you need. If you must see a major advisor, then make a major advising appointment following the steps preferred by this department.



Plan Ahead: Graduate on Time

Avoid Course Planning Mistakes!

To stay on track in the Deviance, Crime, and Culture major, keep the following guidelines in mind:
  • If you declared the major in fall 2018 or later, STA 250 is not a major requirement. If you declared the major before fall 2018, STA 250 is required. Note that you must have a foundation of MAT 108 or higher in order to take STA 250. If you wish to re-declare the major at Jay Express under the new requirements, you may do that. Write "redeclaring the major to follow the new requirements" on the declaration form.
  • 200-level courses in the major are generally designed for sophomores and juniors; 300-level courses are primarily for juniors and seniors. The DCC capstone (ANT 450) should be taken in your senior year.
  • Remember that you will need at least a 2.0 GPA in the major and at least a 2.0 overall GPA to graduate.

Monitor Your Progress in the Major (Major Checklist, Sample 4 yr Plan)

  • DegreeWorks degree audit - Use this online planning tool to track your overall progress toward graduation. You will see which of your general education and major requirements are completed, in progress, or still needed.  Refer to the DegreeWorks FAQs to better understand how to use this helpful tool. Note: be sure to confirm the accuracy of your degree audit with a general advisor and major advisor.

  • Fill out the CDS Major Checklist for students who declared before fall 2018 or the CDS Major Checklist for students who declared fall 2018 or later to keep track of which major requirements you have completed and which ones you still need.

  • Sample Four Year Plan - See an example of how you could complete all your degree requirements (major, general education, electives) and graduate in four years! Remember that this sample plan shows just one possible way to combine your requirements. Transfer students in particular should work with advisors to determine a plan that works best for them.

Meet with a General Academic Advisor

A General Academic Advisor will confirm what general academic requirements you still need, make suggestions about smart course planning that will help you graduate without delays, discuss your interest in adding a minor or second major, inform you about opportunities such as study abroad, discuss general questions and concerns, and make helpful referrals. Visit the Academic Advisement Center's webpage for more information.


DCC and Careers

Online Career Resources

The training and skill set for the Deviance, Crime, and Culture major is similar to those of Anthropology majors. DCC students should refer to the Anthropology Department’s Career Page for career-related resources and opportunities.

Career and Graduate School Advising

For one-on-one advisement regarding career and graduate school opportunities and preparation, upper-level students in the DCC program should contact Professor Marta-Laura Haynes ( Professor Haynes can advise you personally or refer you to other faculty and resources when appropriate.
John Jay’s Center for Career and Professional Development is another great resource for questions related to job searches, internships, and career preparation. CCPD staff are available to meet individually with students and alumni in L72.00 New Building. To request a 45-minute counseling appointment, log on to John Jay Careers Online. 15-minute drop-in sessions are also available Mon-Fri 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Stop by in person earlier the same day to schedule a drop-in session.