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About Justice Studies

Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary area of inquiry that focuses on interrelated criminal and social justice concepts from the lens of humanities, law, and behavioral, social, and natural sciences. The Department of Justice Studies at San José State University organizes its curricula around 5 academic pillars: criminal justice studies, criminology, forensic science, legal studies, and human rights. Students acquire analytical, critical thinking, and communication skills much needed in complex and multicultural societies. They learn to create and articulate grounded, empirically-informed, and sustainable solutions to crime and social problems in communities and/or institutions.

Our Mission

The Department of Justice Studies embraces an interdisciplinary approach to engage students in critical analysis of justice systems in practice, policy, and research. We equip students to be leaders, professionals, and agents of change in justice-related institutions and in diverse local and global communities.

Our Values

Our foremost desire is to foster just societies. We value intellectual curiosity, lifelong learning, honesty, fairness, and ethical consideration of our actions. We embrace diversity,inclusion, civility, and sustainable practices as foundations for strong communities. We commit ourselves to promoting global understanding and respect for cultural differences. We honor our relationships with students, colleagues, alumni, and community partners who work with us to achieve our mission.

                                       

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

San Jose State College Police School - T.W. MacQuarrie

Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology - Summer 1935

The origins and mission of the Police School

Link to Article 


75 Years of Excellence

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.

75 Years of Excellence (pdf)


Justice Studies is... (15:50)

A brief history of the department.