Justice Studies Collage

Welcome to the Department of Justice Studies

The Justice Studies Department has had many iterations during its time at SJSU. Starting as a Police School we then became a major called Criminal Justice, and finally have transitioned to what we know as Justice Studies. One thing has stayed true regardless of the name, we are here to help students succeed in the fields of criminal justice, social justice, and more.

Read the '23-'24 Justice Studies Annual Report

Graduate Showcase

Graduate Showcase

The Graduate Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of our talented Justice Studies graduate students. This years graduate showcase was on May 10, 2024. We are so proud of our students!

To view this years photos, click here!

FS students at Annual Student Leadership Gala

Forensic students at the Annual Student Leadership Gala

Congratulation's to the Forensic Science Students Club for the Academic and Honorary Organization of the Year Award at the Annual Student Leadership Gala. Samantha Boman, the President of the FS students club, received an A.S. 55 - Honoring Those Who Make a Difference Award! Professor Mark Barash was also nominated for the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award. We are all proud of your achievements and proactiveness to make a difference in our community.

 Dean Anne Marie Todd Opening ASB Week

Record Clearance Projects Presents: Alternative Spring Break

During Alternative Spring Break (ASB) week nine law students from Stanford and UC Berkeley law schools were paired with RCP advanced students to work on nine clients' cases in a super-busy week. In that time students had the opportunity to learn more about the process and importance of expungement, and clear their client's records with a judge. Just last Friday (4/26) Judge Erica Yew cleared the records of all three of the ASB week clients whose cases were on calendar.

Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

Congratulations to Carol Santos, Peggy Stevenson, Shawna Bolton, and Jeremiah Garrido for their outstanding awards and service in the department and community! Carol Santos was awarded the 2023-24 College of Social Sciences Staff Excellence Service Award, Peggy Stevenson the 2023-24 College of Social Sciences Meritorious Service Award, Shawna Bolton the 2023-24 College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for Tenure Track Faculty, and Jeremiah Garrido the 2023-24 College of Social Sciences Teaching Excellence Award for Lecturer Faculty. At the award ceremony the Department of Justice Studies won four of the six awards. We are proud to have these outstanding people in our department!

Forensic Science students working in lab

Forensic Science in Washington Square The Magazine

Congratulations to Mary Juno, Rosa Vega, and Dr. Shawna Bolton for being featured in Washington Square The Magazine! The article highlights the success of the forensic studies program at San Jose State University.

To read the full article, click here!

Sgt Ken Kwok presenting to JS 102

Thank you, Sergeant Ken Kwok of the Fremont Police Department!

The students of JS102, Police and Society, recently had the pleasure of hearing from Sergeant Ken Kwok a San Jose State University Department of Justice Studies alumni. He now works for the Fremont Police Department and came to speak to our students about a career in law enforcement.

Roni Abusaad

Faculty Spotlight

Congratulations Dr. Roni Abusaad! Dr. Abusaad has achieved his SJSU Quality Matters (QM) certification for his online courses in the 2023-2024 academic year showing his dedication to his student's learning.

To read his interview on the QM certification process

Professor Harold Peterson speaking with students at Department of Justice Studies Booth during Admitted Spartan Day on 4/13/2024.

Admitted Spartan Day

Admitted Spartan Day was a huge success! A big thank you to our Department of Justice Studies team, every future Spartan that showed up to this event, and to all that attended our booth and our open house. We are excited to be a part of your college journey!

For more information on our majors and minors, click here!

RCP Artists from art exhibit with CoSS Dean Anne Marie Todd

Record Clearance Project Presents: Artistic Freedom, The Liberating Art of the Formerly Incarcerated

Inspiration and peace comes from within oneself, and that is exactly what artists Ashante Davis, Andre Hernandez, David Davila, Joey Hernandez, and Rodrigo Lara displayed on the walls of Dr. MLK, Jr. Library in Record Clearance Project's first annual art exhibit, Liberating Art of the Formerly Incarcerated. SJSU's Record Clearance Project helps people move forward with their lives, opening doors to new futures. For some, the experience of confinement leads to creative release through art. This exhibit was displayed from February 1-29, in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library.

To view the photos, click here!

Major advising logo

We're Here to Help

Confused about graduation requirements for your Justice Studies major? Do you know how to enroll in your internship or senior seminar? Unclear about which classes to take next semester? If you answered yes to any of these questions, our advisors can help.

Contact An Advisor

Student seeking assistance

Need Assistance? SJSU Cares.

SJSU Cares is here to provide assistance when you need it most. Resources and services are provided for SJSU students facing unexpected financial crises. If you’re having trouble paying for food, housing, or other bills, visit their webpage above, or put in a direct request for assistance below.

Request Assistance

Tommie Smith and John Carlos statues

About Us

Take a deeper dive into the history of the department of Justice Studies, learn more about our expert faculty, our mission, and more.


Applications and Admissions

Ready to apply to the Department of Justice Studies? We have all of the information you need when it comes to declaring a major, finding a scholarship, and more.

Students at convocation


With two graduate degrees, two undergraduate degrees, and four minors to chose from, we at the Department of Justice Studies have something for every interest.

Confidence challenge

Current Students

Discover the many resources we have available to ensure our current graduate and undergraduate students have all of the support they need during and after their studies.

Science research

Research, Projects and Events

Explore the various faculty research projects, opportunities to participate, and the events that we in the Department of Justice Studies hosts for our students.

Eddith Kinney and students at award ceremony


Meet some of our distinguished alumni and how you can help support the future of the Department of Justice Studies.

Justice Studies eStore

Stop by the Justice Studies Main Office (MH 524) to pick up your merchandise. Bring your receipt to claim your items!

Order online today!