Justice Studies, BA
At a Glance: program details
Required Courses (Major Map)
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, both in the legal system and in wider social contexts, including 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 reviewing 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.
All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.
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:
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Social and Cultural Pedagogy
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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.
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:
- human welfare and social work
- local, state and federal government
- nongovernmental organizations
- public service fields
- social advocacy
Many graduates go on to law school, graduate school or other professional degree programs.
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:
Education Administrators, Postsecondary
- Growth: 3.5%
- Median Salary*: 99940
Detectives and Criminal Investigators
- Growth: 1.5%
- Median Salary*: 86280
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates
- Growth: 2.2%
- Median Salary*: 151030
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other
- Growth: 2.6%
- Median Salary*: 75390
* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).
Human rights, violence, resource conflict and immigration are some of the issues that every country currently faces in some form or another. One of the best ways students can investigate potential solutions is by observing patterns from one culture to another when studying abroad. Students who study issues of justice in another culture can bring a new lens to their own experience and become positive changemakers in the world.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends specific study abroad programs for students majoring in justice studies.
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.