San Jose State is a major, comprehensive public university located in the center of San Jose and in the heart of Silicon Valley. SJSU is the oldest public university in the West. Its distinctive character has been forged by its long history, by its location, and by its vision—a blend of the old and the new, of the traditional and the innovative. Among its most prized traditions is an uncompromising commitment to offer access to higher education to all persons who meet the criteria for admission, yielding a stimulating mix of age groups, cultures and economic backgrounds for teaching, learning and research. With a faculty that is active in scholarship, research, technological innovation, community service and the arts, SJSU takes pride in and is firmly committed to teaching and learning.

In collaboration with nearby industries and communities, SJSU faculty and staff members are dedicated to achieving the university's mission as a responsive institution of the state of California: To enrich the lives of its students, to transmit knowledge to its students along with the necessary skills for applying it in the service of our society, and to expand the base of knowledge through research and scholarship.

University Learning Goals

San Jose State graduates will have developed:

Social and Global Responsibilities

  • An ability to consider the purpose and function of one’s degree program training within various local and/or global social contexts and to act intentionally, conscientiously and ethically with attention to diversity and inclusion.

Specialized Knowledge

  • Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as appropriate to the discipline.

Intellectual Skills

  • Fluency with specific theories, assumptions, foundational knowledge, analytical and interpretive protocols, tools and technologies appropriate to the discipline or field of study. 
  • Skills necessary for mastery of a discipline at a level appropriate to the degree and leading to lifelong learning, including critical and creative thinking and practice, effective communication, thorough and ethical information gathering and processing, competence with quantitative and/or qualitative methodologies, and productive engagement in collaborative activities.
  • For undergraduate students in a baccalaureate program: an understanding of critical components of broad academic areas, including the arts, humanities, social sciences, quantitative reasoning and sciences.

Integrative Knowledge and Skills

  • Mastery in each step of an investigative, creative or practical project (e.g., brainstorming, planning, formulating hypotheses or complex questions, designing, creating, completing and communicating) with integration within and/or across disciplines. 
  • An ability to articulate the potential impacts of results or findings from a particular work or field in a societal context.

Applied Knowledge and Skills

  • An ability to apply theory, practice and problem solving to new materials, settings and problems.