Economic Justice


Do you want to promote the growth of sustainable communities? Are you interested in creating new approaches to economic justice? You can gain the necessary skills to design, manage and evaluate initiatives that can revitalize communities.



Program Description

Through the certificate program in economic justice, students gain knowledge of economic justice that promotes the growth of sustainable local, national and global communities. They complete coursework in the theories and philosophies of economic justice and economic justice praxis to prepare them for transdisciplinary exploration into areas of personal interest.

Completion of the coursework in this certificate prepares students to support and create change by analyzing and developing policies to build local skills; developing the capacity to design, control, manage and evaluate initiatives that can economically revitalize communities; increasing research abilities; and laying the groundwork for new approaches to economic justice.


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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No


Contact Information

School of Social Transformation | WILSN 125
SSTadvising@asu.edu | 480-956-7682




Program Requirements

In order to declare this certificate, a student must first have a minimum of 30 earned credit hours and meet with an academic advisor in the School of Social Transformation.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Enrollment Requirements

The certificate in economic justice requires 15 credit hours, at least twelve of which must be completed at the upper-division level. All courses must be completed with a grade or "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better. Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate. To see prerequisites please refer to the class search.

Theories and Foundation in Economic Justice (3 credit hours)

Students acquire a background in theories and philosophies of economic justice by selecting one of the following courses:

ASB 316 Money and Culture, L or SB (3)
COM 450 Theory and Research in Organizational Communication, SB (3)
ECN 360 Economic Development, SB, G (3)
JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty, SB, C (3)
JUS 323 Justice and the Development of the Welfare State, SB (3)
JUS 325 Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice, SB, G (3)

Economic Justice Praxis (3 credit hours)

To better understand community, nongovernmental organizations, government policies and other collective efforts aimed at improving economic conditions through various strategies, including asset building to low-income communities, community-based microfinance, economic development, advocacy and training efforts, students select one of the following courses:

ASB 328 Rules, Games and Society, L (3)
ECN 331 Economics of the European Economic Union, SB, G (3)
JUS 320 Community and Social Justice, SB, C (3)
JUS 405 Economic Justice, L or SB, G (3)
PUP 434 Economic Development Planning, L or SB (3)
SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization (3)
SWU 432 Social Policy and Services (3)
SWU 498 Pro-Seminar: Border Families/Community Asset Building Policies (3)

Transdisciplinary Component (9 credit hours)

To provide students an opportunity to focus on a particular racial group, nation or region or specific historical event while also providing a broad transdisciplinary framework, students will select three electives. Courses must be taken from both of the substantive areas listed below and from two or more academic units. Any course listed below may count toward this requirement, as well as other courses as approved by the certificate program director.

Race, Gender, Class, Citizenship and Economic Justice:

AFR/FAS 370 Family, Ethnic and Cultural Diversity, SB, C (3)
AIS 380 Contemporary Issues of American Indian Nations, C (3)
APA 350 Inequality and Diversity in Education, L, C (3)
APA 394 Topic: Asian Pacific Americans and Immigration (3)
ASB/POS/SBS 447 Citizenship, Nationalism and Identity, SB, C (3)
CRJ 305 Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3)
CRJ 306 Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice, C (3)
ETH 300 Principles of Ethnic Studies, C (3)
FAS/SOC 324 Work and the Workplace, SB, H (3)
HST 325 Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States, SB, H, C (3)
HST 333 African American History to 1865, SB, H, C (3)
IAS 305 Work and Identity, SB (3)
JUS 415 Gender and International Development, L, G (3)
JUS 420 Women, Work and Justice, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 425 Race, Gender and Justice, L or SB, C (3)
JUS 438 Human Differences: Dilemmas of Justice, L or HU, C (3)
JUS 479 Law and Disputing, L or SB (3)
SWU 374 Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context, C (3)
TCL 314 Transborder Regional Immigration and Economy, L or SB, H, C (3)

National and Global:

AFR/JUS 304 Islands of Globalization: Caribbean Politics and Political Economy, SB, G, H (3)
ASB/SOC/SBS 342 Mexico-U.S. Borderlands, SB, C (3)
JUS 408 Comparative Development of the Welfare State, L, G (3)
JUS 469 Political Deviance and the Law, L or SB, C (3)
PHI 336 Social and Political Philosophy, HU (3)
POS 480 Global Justice, G (3)
POS 486 International Political Economy, SB, G (3)
SGS 394 Special Topics: Global Markets (or SGS 350 Economic Development and Globalization) (3)







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