Apr 12, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Department of Justice Studies

Office: McQuarrie Hall 524

Telephone: 408-924-2940 (Voice); 408-924-2953 (Fax)

Email: justice-studies@sjsu.edu

Website: sjsu.edu/justicestudies


Alessandro De Giorgi, Undergraduate Coordinator
Sang Hea Kil
Paul Knepper, Chair
James Lee

Associate Professors

Ericka Adams, MS Justice Studies Coordinator
Edith Kinney, Legal Studies Coordinator
Claudio Vera Sanchez, Justice Studies Programs Coordinator
Bryce Westlake
Yue (Wilson) Yuan, Internship Coordinator

Assistant Professors

Mark Barash, Forensic Science Program Co-Coordinator
Shawna Bolton, Forensic Science Program Co-Coordinator
Sambuddha Ghatak
Gabriela Gonzalez
John Halushka, Internship Coordinator
Grace Howard, Human Rights Coordinator
Amy Martinez
Justin Strong
Jodie Warren


Since 1930, the Department of Justice Studies has developed, promoted and fostered social justice and empowered communities. In an ever-changing social, political and economic environment, we remain committed to academic excellence, social activism and policy-relevant research. We offer BS and MS degrees in justice studies, a BS in forensic science and minors in justice studies, forensic studies, an MS in Criminology, legal studies and human rights. Among other topics, our widely regarded faculty conduct research in the areas of human rights, immigration, violence against women, sex offender behavior, family violence, and DNA profiling. Student groups and clubs include Alpha Phi Sigma, Chi Pi Sigma and the Forensic Science Students. Our graduates work in a multitude of settings including probation, parole, corrections, law enforcement, crime labs, and nonprofit agencies, or they continue their education in law school or other graduate programs.


    Undergraduate Major(s)

    Undergraduate Minor(s)


    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars

    Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs  programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.


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