The Justice Studies Minor allows students the opportunity to take courses in the core and explore the field of justice studies. Drawing upon the rigorous undergraduate program in Justice Studies, the minor provides students with an interdisciplinary curriculum that engages in critical analysis of justice issues.
The Forensic Studies Minor is a new, non-science minor offered by the Justice Studies Department and the Forensic Science Major. The Minor is primarily designed for students interested in crime scene investigation, and its purpose is to provide formal training for students wishing to enter the profession. Topics include evaluation, documentation, and preservation of physical evidence; the requirements of the forensic laboratory; forensic analytical processes and methods; limitations of physical evidence; scientific thinking; and probative value of evidence in court. The Minor allows students to take courses in their area of interest (Forensic Science) without the heavy chemistry and biology course load of the major.
The Legal Studies Minor 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.
The Human Rights Minor 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.