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History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Barbara Bonnekessen

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Contact Person:
Nancy Grantham

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Phone: 620-235-4325
Fax: 620-235-4338

Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Sciences
412 Russ Hall
Pittsburg State University
1701 South Broadway
Pittsburg KS 66762

Justice Studies Student Association

The goals of JSSA are to provide experiential learning to students who wish to pursue employment in local police, deputy sheriff, state police, and federal law enforcement agencies. In addition, the group explores local and county jails, adult detention facilities, juvenile facilities, and federal prison hospitals.

Finally, for students who wish to pursue career opportunities in law, the group visits governmental institutions involved in the criminal justice system. We visit local city, county, state and federal offices, and courts.

Justice Studies Student Association Constitution (PDF)

Fundraising on the oval and having funSponsorship

The JSSA group of students sponsors numerous community and civic activities. They frequently sponsor fund-raising activities through events like golf tournaments which support both themselves and organizations such as: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Southeast Kansas Humane Society, and The Big Event.

JSSA - golfing      JSSA - golf carts

Adrian Project

Two academic departments at Pittsburg State University will give their students a rare opportunity to work with the Internal Revenue Service investigating fraud cases.

JSSA - Adrian Project The Adrian Project, a series of simulated, financial crime investigations conducted under the guidance of IRS agents, came to PSU on Friday, March 27, at the Kansas Technology Center.

Offered thanks to a partnership between the Departments of Social Sciences and Accounting, as well as the IRS, the project invites students to assume roles on a mock investigative team. Students receive intense training on interviewing subjects and witnesses, surveillance techniques, analysis of documents and financial records, writing affidavits for search and arrest warrants, as well as being part of an undercover investigation. They will also have the opportunity to learn about employment in the field of financial investigation.

JSSA - Adrian ProjectClick to see PSU Story about the Adrian Project

Students writing Affidavit's for Search Warrant

JSSA - Lansing Correction Facility

Justice Studies students visit the Lansing Correction Facility, Lansing, Kansas to get a first-hand experience of what it means to be part of the corrections system.

JPATS supports the federal judiciary through its scheduling and transportation responsibilities. JPATS transports sentenced prisoners who are in the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) as well as ICE criminal/administrative aliens to hearings, court appearances and detention facilities. JPATS also provides regular international flights for the removal of deportable aliens. Military and civilian law enforcement agencies use JPATS to shuttle their prisoners between different jurisdictions at a fraction of what commercial sources would charge (


Visiting the State of Kansas capitol in Topeka

JSSA students met with the Federal District Court Judge, United States Marshal’s Service, Federal Probation/Parole, Federal Court Administrator, United States Attorney for the District of Kansas, Assistant United States Attorney’s and others who are involved in the day-to-day operations of the criminal justice system.

Students heard arguments in both the State Supreme Court and Federal District Court and listened to the many diverse perspectives of each of the professional courtroom working group members and learned that most of them began their careers through either local or state agencies.

JSAA - Topeka Capitol