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:

  • All lower division GE coursework (60 units) SJSU Studies Courses (GE areas, R, S, and V) in three difference academic departments (9 units)
  • Support Courses (6 units) - Take one (JS 10, JS 12, or JS 25) or equivalent and either STAT 95, JS 15 or an equivalent course.
  • Justice Studies Core (45 units)

Theories (9 units minimum): JS 151 and select from 103, 104, 111, 132(s), 153, 155, 157

Methodologies (6 units minimum): JS 114 and select from 107, 111, 117, 131, 143, 161, 162

Critical Inquiries (6 units minimum): JS 101 and select from 111, 122, 128, 130, 136(s), 144, 150, 152

Local, Transnational, Historical (6 units minimum): JS 1o2 and select from 111, 121, 123, 127, 145, 156, 158, 171(v)

Analytical Research & Communication (6 units): JS 100w, 189, and 179 (required for Human Rights Minor)

Experiential Learning (3 units minimum): JS 181 and select from 111, 140, 141 (will satisfy 181 requirement), 180, 184


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. Danielle Harris.

For  more about our department and potential career options, download the JS Fact Sheet 2014 (PDF).