Justice Studies (Minor)

At a Glance: program details

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Learn how to create meaningful change by becoming an advocate for social, economic and political justice on a global level. A justice studies minor gives you a broad understanding of the world's justice systems, which can complement and empower a variety of majors.

Program Description

The minor program in justice studies is designed for students interested in developing an understanding of the meaning of justice and injustice and in analyzing controversial issues. In addition to the two required core courses, students are able to select electives that align with their specific interests.

Program Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be at the upper-division level. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Electives -- 12 credit hours
Select any JUS course except JUS 301, JUS 302 or any course listed as a required course for Justice Studies majors.
JUS Elective (3)
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in justice studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major or the minor program. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and minor.

Career Outlook

Minor programs allow students to develop additional competencies that complement the marketable knowledge and skills they acquire in their majors. Those with a minor in justice studies are able to bring specialized knowledge and skills pertaining to social justice concerns to a variety of professional careers, including law, education, public service, and human welfare and social work.

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.

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 65790

First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers

  • Growth: -2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 63310

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 64990


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


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
  Bright Outlook

Paralegals and Legal Assistants

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 59200

Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: 59860

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

  • Growth: 10.6%
  • Median Salary*: 51240
  Bright Outlook

Urban and Regional Planners

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 79540

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

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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