Fall 2023 Sophomore Transfer Seminars

Fall 2023 Sophomore Transfer Seminars

Your transfer seminar fulfills the 200-level Justice Core (general education college option). These reserved sections will introduce you to John Jay’s justice mission and support a successful transition to your new academic journey. They are taught by experienced faculty who are experts in their fields and will be able to connect you to academic and professional resources. Each seminar is assigned a peer success coach, who provides ongoing support and serves as a connection to the campus.

NOTE: Sophomore standing = 30 to 59 credits transferred in by the start of the spring 2023 semester.


ECO 207-03: Movements for Economic Justice  
Professor Nathaniel Wright
Class Meeting Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday 12:15p - 1:30p
Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
Registration Code: 43918

At the heart of every justice movement lies an economic argument. This course helps students to act locally and think globally about economic issues that affect their lives, their communities, and their planet. To experience the power of collective economic action students will work cooperatively to accomplish shared goals. Topics and case studies will include historic and contemporaneous social movements including the Labor Movement for an Eight Hour Workday, The Civil Rights Movement embodied by the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, and the Movement to Reverse Global Warming.


HIS 255-01: Famous Trials that Made History
Professor Victor Monnin
Class Meeting Day/Time: Monday 3:05p - 4:20p
Instruction Mode: HYBRID
Registration Code: 43966

Certain trials, even those from the very distant past, remain embedded in our collective memory and imagination decades or even centuries later. This course will examine in detail famous historical trials such as the Salem witchcraft trials, the Amistad case, and/or the McCarthy anti-communist trials. Students will use these trials as a lens to explore historical issues of justice, and consider their significance for individuals, and what that suggests about our individual understandings of justice. This course serves as gateway to John Jay College for transfer students, welcoming and introducing them to the many resources the college provides as well as the academic training that will help them pursue their goals as fierce advocates of justice.


SOC 220-01: Health Equity and Social Justice
Professor Thomas Smith
Class Meeting Day/Time: Monday/Wednesday 4:30p - 5:45p 
Instruction Mode: IN PERSON
Registration Code: 42943

This course will examine equal rights and opportunities, as they relate to public health crises and address the social determinants of health and equity. Students will explore the principles of social justice (access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights) as they relate to current public health crises, including global pandemics (e.g., Coronavirus Disease of 2019 (COVID-19) and HIV/AIDS), national epidemics (e.g., domestic violence (and intimate partner violence), mass killings by firearms, and racism, as a public health crisis). 

SOC 234-99: Social Movements, Equity, and Activism
Professor Patricia Johnson Coxx
Class Meeting Day/Time: Tuesday 8:00AM - 10:40AM
Registration Code: 42945

This course examines social movements and their relationship to social equity and activism in the United States.  Movement histories, sociological frameworks and theories, and how geography has influenced their development will be discussed. Students explore the role social media plays in shaping contemporary social movements and modern-day activism and how social movements influence social problems, social conflicts, and social justice-related issues.