Economic Justice (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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Do you want to promote the growth of sustainable communities? Are you interested in creating new approaches to economic justice? You can gain the skills necessary 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.

Students complete coursework in the theories and philosophies of economic justice and economic justice praxis to prepare them for transdisciplinary exploration of areas of personal interest. They develop the capacity to design, control, manage and evaluate initiatives that can economically revitalize communities, and they increase their research abilities.

Students who complete the program are prepared to support and create change by analyzing and developing policies designed to build local skills and lay groundwork for new approaches to economic justice.

Program Requirements

The certificate in economic justice requires 15 credit hours, of which at least 12 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.
Work and Democracy Seminar -- 3 credit hours
Economic Justice Internship -- 3 credit hours
Economic Justice Electives -- 9 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

To declare this certificate, a student must first have a minimum of 30 earned credit hours.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply the fundamental principles of economic justice to the specific domestic or international issues through community engagement and research.
  • Critically assess core theory, concepts, and methods for the study of economic justice issues.

Career Outlook

Graduates who combine the certificate in economic justice with their major program of study may become more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in law, education, public service, and human welfare and social work.

Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.

Social and Human Service Assistants

  • Growth: 8.6%
  • Median Salary*: 38520
  Bright Outlook

Community Health Workers

  • Growth: 14.1%
  • Median Salary*: 46190
  Bright Outlook

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 64990


  • Growth: 6.3%
  • Median Salary*: 113940
  Bright Outlook

Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Growth: 14.9%
  • Median Salary*: 56570
  Bright Outlook

Healthcare Social Workers

  • Growth: 9.6%
  • Median Salary*: 60280
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselors

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: 49710
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Salary*: 48090

Social and Community Service Managers

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: 74240
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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