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Justice Studies Department

BS - Justice Studies, Concentration in Criminology

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 Requirements44
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 Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 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
JS 181. Internship: Justice Studies3
JS 189. Senior Seminar: Contemporary Problems3
Concentration Required Courses30
Students must complete 30 units from the following areas
Area A: Theory Courses3
Complete three units from:
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
JS 117. Qualitative Research Methods3
Area C: Critical Inquiry Courses12
Complete twelve units from:
JS 122. Drugs and Society3
JS 130. Sexuality & Justice3
JS 136. Family and Community ViolenceS3
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 Courses12
Complete twelve units from:
JS 121. Media and Justice3
JS 123. Terrorism, Intelligence, and Security3
JS 129. International Crime and Deviance3
JS 145. White Collar Crime3
JS 156. Gangs, Criminal Syndicates & Justice3
JS 161. Introduction to Cybercrime3
JS 172. Human Trafficking and Modern Day Slavery3
JS 185. Special Topics in Law and Justice3
When topic area is offered.
University Electives22-25
A minor is strongly recommended

Total Units:120