Justice Studies, BA

Do you want to create meaningful change in the world? Justice studies offers you a broad education in justice complemented by a solid foundation of liberal arts and social sciences courses that prepare you to promote social, economic and political justice wherever you are.

Program Description

The BA program in justice studies is an innovative social science and liberal arts program that examines contemporary and historical social justice and inequality in a variety of contexts, including race, gender, sexuality, citizenship, indigeneity and other significant areas.

This program provides a broad approach to understanding justice including in the legal system as well as in wider social contexts, such as in the many social justice issues that occur across countries and cultures. The Bachelor of Arts program provides students the kind of broader perspective required in today's workforce, through a liberal arts focus and the requirement to enroll in language courses.

This program equips students with a dynamic knowledge of the world's justice systems and gives them the skills to create meaningful, real-world change.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

Freshman Transfer International Readmission

Transfer Options

ASU is committed to helping students thrive by offering tools that allow personalization of the transfer path to ASU. Students may use the Transfer Map search to outline a list of recommended courses to take prior to transfer.

ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site: https://admission.asu.edu/transfer/pathway-programs.

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to https://changingmajors.asu.edu for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Science and Technology Policy, MSTP

How can science and technology improve people's lives and reduce inequity and injustice? Advances in science and technology open up tremendous opportunities, but only if they are developed responsibly. This program draws on some of the world's foremost experts to prepare you for success in building a technologically complex future.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Justice Studies, MS

Are you a future scholar or change agent who wants to conduct research and evaluate policies that promote social change? This program is composed of scholars dedicated to creating and implementing innovations to change the world.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Social and Cultural Pedagogy, MA

Do you have a passion for improving society through education? This preeminent program of social pedagogy in North America helps you develop an interdisciplinary approach to socio-educational interventions. When merging formal, nonformal and informal education, learning types and public pedagogies, you can make an impact across a variety of social and educational contexts.

Website | Locations: TEMPE

Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Students emerge from this program with knowledge and skills designed to advance social justice in a variety of careers. Program graduates work in many fields, including:

  • administration
  • education
  • human welfare and social work
  • law
  • local, state and federal government
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • philanthropy
  • public service fields
  • social advocacy
  • unions

Many graduates go on to law school, graduate school or other professional degree programs

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. Career examples include but are not limited to:

College Program Director

  • Growth: 3.5%
  • Median Salary*: $99,940

Community Specialist

  • Growth: 6.5%
  • Median Salary*: $47,290
  Bright Outlook

Detective Sergeant

  • Growth: 1.5%
  • Median Salary*: $86,280

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $50,470
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 2.2%
  • Median Salary*: $151,030


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: $135,740
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 5.0%
  • Median Salary*: $64,030

Political Analyst

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: $128,020

Social Sciences Professor

  • Growth: 2.6%
  • Median Salary*: $75,390

Social Services Director

  • Growth: 9.1%
  • Median Salary*: $74,240
  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).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs. https://mystudyabroad.asu.edu

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.

Program Contact Information

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