History

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The Department of Justice Studies began as the “Police School” in 1930, offering the first complete college education program for future police officers as an academic program in a regular academic curriculum, otherwise known as a “college major;” this was the first major in the field called Criminal Justice. Through time, scholars found that criminal justice and social justice are intricately intertwined.


San José State College Police School - T.W. MacQuarrie (PDF)

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology - Summer 1935

The origins and mission of the Police School


75 Years of Excellence (PDF)

1930 - 2005: 75 YEARS OF EDUCATING AND INSPIRING THOSE WHO PROTECT OUR PROPERTY, OUR HOMES, OUR LIVES AND OUR RIGHTS.

A look at the history of the department and how far it has come.


Justice Studies is... (15:50)

A brief history of the department.