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.
FORENSIC SCIENCE - The Forensic Science program at SJSU offers Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees with concentrations in Chemistry and Biology and a Minor in Forensic Studies for students interested in forensic investigations. Students in the BSFS majors take basic and advanced biology and chemistry courses to build a strong foundation in the sciences, and complement these with courses in forensic science applications. The curricula of each major is designed to meet the American Academy of Forensic Sciences Forensic Education Program Accreditation standards. Interdisciplinary research in forensic science is very active and externally funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Keck Foundation, the California Association of Criminalists (CAC) student scholarships and support from partnerships with California city, county, and state crime laboratories, academic institution partnerships and over 6 biotechnology partnerships. Students have presented over 35 peer reviewed presentations at local, regional, national and international science meetings, published their work in scientific journals, and our own peer reviewed Journal, Themis as well as in our FS forum newsletter. Our forensic science student group is extremely active on and off campus running a forensic science seminar series, volunteering and running numerous events and conferences and supporting the department, college and university through their service.
HUMAN RIGHTS - The Human Rights minor program is a new, multidisciplinary, 15 unit minor at SJSU. Students in the Minor will have the opportunity to explore the history and structure of formal human rights and international law, study any number of historical or contemporary human rights struggles, meet and work with Bay Area human rights organizations, and gain experience in a graduate style/level capstone symposium course.
LEGAL STUDIES - The Legal Studies minor program provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that engages them in critical analysis of the connections between legal issues and social justice, both from a contemporary and historical perspective. Students enrolled in the Legal Studies Minor can take courses on law and society, constitutional law and civil liberties, courts and society, civil rights, law and economics, environmental law, drugs and society, media law and ethics, professional and business ethics, philosophy of law, American legal history, and other related subjects. Upon successful completion of the Legal Studies Minor, students will develop a deeper understanding of the impact of legal practices and institutions on economics, politics, education, international relations, and other justice related areas.