College of Professional Studies
Professional Studies Building, Room 303
Dr. Michael Edmondson, Interim Dean
Dr. Christina B. McSherry, Associate Dean
Denise Serpico, Assistant to the Dean
Corazon Rances, Administrative Assistant
The mission of the College of Professional Studies is to educate individuals from diverse communities to succeed in their professional goals and personal aspirations, and to effectively contribute to society. Students seeking careers in business administration, criminal justice, fire science, health sciences, nursing, and professional security studies have for years been prepared to assume leadership positions in their chosen professions by the College of Professional Studies. Our faculty, experts in their disciplines and actively involved in their professions, collaborate with students to shape the most appropriate learning experiences. These experiences provide opportunities to: Be knowledgeable in their disciplines, think analytically, conceive creative and effective solutions, acquire technological skills, and engage in thoughtful, ethical and philosophical inquiry. The College provides an excellent, student-centered education by means of a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum combined with a professional, theoretical and applied experience. Our graduates, educated in a university, which is an integral part of its “urban home,” have developed the interpersonal skills, communication techniques and cultural insight necessary to effectively contribute and succeed in our global community.
The General Education Program
The General Education Program at New Jersey City University is offered through the William J. Maxwell College of Arts and Sciences. Of the 120 credits needed for graduation, each student is required to complete 44-45 credits of General Education Program courses, which serve to broaden students’ perspectives of the nature of humankind and the world in which they live. The General Education Program introduces students to a wide range of academic fields on topics of general interest.
The curricular requirements for the degrees, majors and specializations offered to New Jersey City University students by the College of Professional Studies appear on the following pages, along with descriptions of the courses offered by each department.
Note: A course with a prerequisite is one which cannot be taken until the prerequisite course is completed. That may require the completion of a specified course(s) or a minimum grade in a particular course or group of courses, or permission of the chairperson. A course with a corequisite is a course that must be taken during the same semester as the corequisite course.
The College of Professional Studies offers degree programs in Criminal Justice, Fire Science, and Professional Security Studies through the NJ Coastal Communiversity, in which NJCU is one of five members. The Communiversity is the first alliance of its kind in New Jersey, and one of only a handful nationwide. The Communiversity members are:
- Brookdale Community College
- Georgian Court College
- Montclair State University
- New Jersey City University
- New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The College of Professional Studies also partners with Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey and several of New Jersey’s county and community colleges.
Please contact the individual department chairpersons for further information.