Justice Studies, BS
At a Glance: program details
Required Courses (Major Map)
The BS program in justice studies is an innovative social science and liberal arts program examining current and historical social justice issues. Students explore social justice in the context of inequality, race, gender, citizenship, indigeneity or other major contemporary issues.
This program provides a broad approach to understanding justice within the legal system and in wider social contexts. To provide students with the analytical skills required of today's workforce, the Bachelor of Science degree program offers a social science focus and requires students to enroll in a quantitative data analysis course.
In this program, students use multiple research methodologies to understand social justice issues in diverse settings and working with a variety of people and cultures. The skills gained allow students to create 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.
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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Science and Technology Policy
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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 that will allow them to identify and address social justice concerns as they manifest in their professional lives. Program graduates work in a variety of fields, including:
- social advocacy
- human welfare and social work
- international relations
- nongovernmental organizations
- public service fields
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, through study 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.
Accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs are designed for high-achieving undergraduate students who want the opportunity to combine undergraduate coursework with graduate coursework to accelerate completion of their master's degree. These programs, featuring the same high-quality curriculum taught by ASU's world-renowned faculty, allow students to obtain both a bachelor's and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated bachelor's degree programs allow students to choose either a 2.5- or a 3-year path while participating in the same high-quality educational experience of a 4-year option. Students can opt to fast-track their studies after acceptance into a participating program by connecting with their academic advisor.