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.
The undergraduate forensic science program is housed within the Department of Justice Studies and offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Chemistry, Biology, or Digital Evidence, and a minor in Forensic Studies. The degree program is focused on preparing students for a lab-based career as students take basic and advanced biology, chemistry, and/or computer science. These foundational science courses are complemented by courses focused on application in a forensic science setting/laboratory. The curricula for each concentration is designed with the intention of meeting the rigorous standards of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC) of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences.
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.
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.