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Justice Studies Department

BS - Justice Studies

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Major-Specific Graduation Requirements

All courses in the Preparation and Requirements for the major (all courses in preparation, core, and concentration/specialization) must be completed with a grade of "C or better".

Justice Studies International Experience Requirement

To satisfy the Justice Studies Department international requirement, students must study abroad for at least nine days in an approved program (exemption from the study abroad portion of the requirement must be approved by the dean of the College of Applied Sciences and Arts based on compelling individual life experiences or physical limitations. A relevant cross-cultural experience in the U.S. will be substituted). Specific details can be found on the college website at http://www.sjsu.edu/chahs/international-experience/.


Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education3
Of the 9 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. HistoryD2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentD3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major6
Complete one course from:
FS 011. Survey of Forensic Science3
JS 010. Introduction to Justice Studies3
JS 012. Introduction to Legal Studies3
JS 025. Introduction to Human Rights and JusticeD33
Complete one course from:
JS 015. Introductory Statistics in Justice StudiesB43
STAT 095. Elementary StatisticsB43
UNVS 015F and UNVS 015S may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Requirements of the Major45-48
College International Experience0-3
In consultation with advisor, select an International Experience course that is followed by -ITL.
Justice Studies Core15
JS 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
JS 114. Research Methods in Justice Studies3
JS 151. Criminological Theory3
Complete one course from:
JS 181. Internship: Justice Studies3
JS 141. Record Clearance Project Representation3
Complete one course from:
JS 189. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Problems3
FS 169. FS Senior Sem : Studies in Contemporary FS Issues3
Required Courses6
JS 101. Critical Issues and Ideas in Justice3
JS 102. Police and Society3
Additional Courses24
Students must complete 24 units from the following areas
Area A: Theory Courses6-9
Complete Six to Nine units from:
JS 103. Courts and Society3
JS 104. Penal Politics & Institutions3
JS 132. Race, Gender, Inequality and the LawS3
JS 153. Crime and Justice Across the Life Course3
JS 155. Victimology3
JS 157. Deviance and Justice3
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
When topic area is offered.
Area B: Methodology Courses3-6
Complete Three to Six units from:
JS 107. Justice Management and Ethics3
JS 117. Qualitative Research Methods3
JS 131. Crisis Intervention, Mediation and Restorative Justice3
JS 143. Criminal Evidence and Procedure3
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
When topic area is offered.
FS 161. Crime Scene Investigation3
FS 162. Forensic Science Applications3
Area C: Critical Inquiry Courses3-6
Complete Three to Six units from:
JS 122. Drugs and Society3
JS 128. Punishment, Culture and Society3
JS 130. Sexuality & Justice3
JS 136. Family and Community ViolenceS3
JS 144. Criminal Law3
JS 150. Gender and Crime3
JS 152. Juvenile Delinquency & Justice3
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
When topic area is offered.
Area D: Local, Transnational, Historical Courses3-6
Complete Three to Six units from:
JS 121. Media and Justice3
JS 123. Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security3
JS 127. Immigration and Justice3
JS 129. International Crime and Deviance3
JS 137. Collaborative Response to Family Violence3
JS 145. White Collar Crime3
JS 156. Gangs, Criminal Syndicates & Justice3
JS 158. The Prison Community3
JS 161. Introduction to Cybercrime3
JS 171. Human Rights and JusticeV3
JS 172. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery3
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
When topic area is offered.
Area E: Experiential Learning Courses0-6
Complete up to Six units from:
JS 140. Record Clearance Project3
JS 142. RCP - Advanced Study and Comm Involvement3
JS 179. Human Rights Practicum and Seminar3
JS 180. Individual Studies1-3
JS 181. Internship: Justice Studies3
JS 181 may be taken again for elective credit.
JS 184. Directed Reading1-3
University Electives25-28
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120