Student success is an integral part of our program and the Justice Studies Department is poised to offer as many resources possible so students can accomplish their academic goals. In addition, Justice Studies provides the academic resources to facilitate your progress to graduation.
Justice Studies Reading and Writing Philosophy
The Department of Justice Studies is committed to scholarly excellence. Therefore, the Department promotes academic, critical, and creative engagement with language (i.e., reading and writing) throughout its curriculum. A sustained and intensive exploration of language prepares students to think critically and to act meaningfully in interrelated areas of their lives–personal, professional, economic, social, political, ethical, and cultural. Graduates of the Department of Justice Studies leave San José State University prepared to enter a range of careers and for advanced study in a variety of fields; they are prepared to more effectively identify and ameliorate injustice in their personal, professional and civic lives. Indeed, the impact of literacy is evident not only within the span of a specific course, semester, or academic program but also over the span of a lifetime.
Justice Studies Undergraduate Program Learning Objectives
At the end of a Bachelor of Science degree programs in the Department of Justice Studies students should be able:
1. To employ multiple perspectives on systems of inequality and concepts of justice in their understanding of social problems and in their engagement with communities to develop grounded and informed solutions.
2. To act meaningfully within a global context. Students should understand how social systems and social problems manifest at the micro (personal, local) and macro (national, international) levels. Further, they should demonstrate the ability to apply scholarship and critical literacy (the news) to understand the(ir) world.
3. To meaningfully engage in social praxis (action informed by theory, theory revised by action and experience) and thus act as critical change agents in our social institutions and communities.
4. To significantly contribute to justice-related initiatives or projects through ongoing, sustainable interactions with communities, state institutions, and other related agencies. This reflects the multidisciplinary nature of our field and the nature of contemporary “justice” work that is at times collaborative, and at times involves constructive conflict.
5. To effectively formulate and articulate reasoned positions on issues of justice through academic, professional and social media.