Bachelors in Justice Studies



The undergraduate program in Justice Studies provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that engages in critical analysis of justice issues. Core classes focus on theory and empirical research that addresses the relationship between law, justice, the justice system, and society. Electives address a number of more specialized and topical justice-related issues.


Our undergraduate curriculum is designed to cover the broad nature of Justice in local, national, and transnational contexts. Students take courses in the following competency areas: Theories; Methodologies; Critical Inquiries; Local, Transnational, Historical Perspectives; Analytical Research & Communication; and Experiential Learning. This innovative approach ensures students develop skills (i.e., the ability to understand, analyze, and critique) that can be used to help transform and empower our communities.

Requirements include:

Theories (9 units minimum): JS 151 and select from 103, 104, 132(s), 153, 155, 157, and 185

Methodologies (6 units minimum): JS 114 and select from 107, 117, 131, 143, FS 161, FS 162, 185

Critical Inquiries (6 units minimum): JS 101 and select from 122, 128, 130, 136(s), 144, 150, 152, 185

Local, Transnational, Historical (6 units minimum): JS 102 and select from 121, 123, 127, 129, 137, 145, 156, 158, 171(v), 172, 179, 185

Analytical Research & Communication (6 units): Take JS 189 (or FS 169) and JS 100W (required for Human Rights Minor)

Experiential Learning (3 units minimum): JS 181 (or JS 141) and select from 140, 142, 180, 184, 185


This process outlines how students needing to repeat a course offered by the Department of Justice Studies register for the class.

• Students will need an add/permission code to repeat register for a course. The add code will not work until the first day of classes.

• Student must attend the first day of class to ensure that there is space available.

• Student will receive add/permission code from course instructor (or JS Office for JS189 or FS169).

*Students have only two opportunities to pass core courses (JS 100W, 101, 102, 114, 151, 189) with a C or better. Any student with a final grade that is C- or lower on the first attempt will be placed on administrative probation with a registration hold. Any repeating student with a final grade that is C- or lower will be disqualified from the Justice Studies degree program.


Application process for enrolling in Senior Seminar (JS 189 and FS 169)  for all semesters. 

  1. Students may enroll in Senior Seminar only during their final semester at SJSU, and they must have already applied to graduate.
  2. Students intending to enroll in Senior Seminar must complete and submit the Senior Seminar Add Code Application Form to confirm that (a) they qualify academically  for the course and (b) all the the course’s prerequisites have been satisfactorily met.
  3. The Justice Studies Department will notify those students eligible and provide them with an add code that allows them to enroll into a Senior Seminar section or notify those students NOT eligible for the course.
  4. Attempts to enroll all students will be made. However, some students may not be enrolled and may have to wait until a subsequent semester to take the course.


Undergraduate Major Forms

**Please email graduation forms and your unofficial transcript(s) to your advisor.  Forms Require Adobe Acrobat.**

B.S. Justice Studies, Graduation Form Write-In

B.S. Justice Studies, Concentration in Criminology Graduation Form Write-In

B.S. Forensic Science, Emphasis in Biology Graduation Form

B.S. Forensic Science, Emphasis in Chemistry Graduation Form

JS Major Form Process (Applying for Graduation)


Advising Guides have been move here


Undergraduate Minor Forms

**Please email graduation form and your unofficial transcript(s) to an advisor or coordinator.**

Forensic Studies Graduation Minor Form (Coordinator: Mary Juno)

Human Rights Graduation Minor Form   (Coordinator: Dr. Ericka Adams

Justice Studies Graduation Minor Form (Coordinator: Dr. Wilson Yuan)

Legal Studies Graduation Minor Form (Coordinator: Dr. Edith Kinney)


Undergraduate Internship Forms

JS 181 Internship Add Code Application

JS 181 Intern Registration Form

JS 181 Agency & Student Internship Agreement

JS 181 Syllabus

JS 181 Internship Meeting Sheet

JS 181 Intern Performance Evaluation

JS 181 Request for Approval of Unlisted Internship


Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies in the Department of Justice Studies, students should be able to:

  1. Employ multiple perspectives on systems of inequality and concepts of justice to understand social problems and engage communities to develop grounded and informed solutions.
  2. Act meaningfully within a global context. This requires understanding how social systems and social problems manifest at the micro (personal, local) and macro (national, international) levels. Further, this requires the ability to apply scholarship and critical literacy (e.g., of the news) to understand the(ir) world.
  3. Engage in social praxis (action informed by theory, theory revised by action and experience), acting as critical change agents in social institutions and communities.
  4. Contribute substantially to justice-related initiatives or projects through ongoing, sustainable interactions with communities, state institutions, and other related agencies. This requires appreciating the multidisciplinary nature of contemporary “justice” work, which at times involves collaboration, at other times constructive conflict.
  5. Formulate and articulate compelling reasoned positions on issues of justice through academic, professional and social media.


If you are interested in becoming a Justice Studies Major, please see the section on Declaring a Major.  Also, if you have any questions, feel free to contact our Undergraduate Coordinator, Dr. Wilson Yuan.

For more about our department and potential career options, download the JS Fact Sheet (PDF).