Career-building skillset In addition to the insight that you’ll gain from a degree in justice studies, you’ll also develop a number of beneficial career skills, including:
Critical thinking skills. Like all liberal arts majors,
justice studies students gain the classical ability to solve problems and think creatively about potential solutions. You’ll analyze policy and learn from the examples of influential changemakers, social innovators, and thinkers throughout history.
Confident speaking and presentation skills. Majors make a succession of presentations
throughout their degree program and learn to speak knowledeably about many important issues of our time. You’ll hone presentation skills and reduce your apprehension about public speaking.
Effective writing skills. Students learn to write
powerful essays and reports that chronicle historical justice and poliicy issues as well as challenges that exist today. You’ll refine your writing skills while developing the ability to compose and edit complex reports under deadline.
Strong research skills. All liberal arts and social sciences majors develop abilities to ferret information from libraries and the Internet. Many students also do primary interviews with subjects who have not yet told their stories to other researchers. You’ll learn to approach research sources with a healthy degree of skepticism, building skills and experience in fact-checking and verification.
what can I do? A justice studies degree can be a springboard to your next step, whether that is further graduate study in social sciences and humanities, or into a professional degree program in law, social work, or business. Or you can move directly into a job in —
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• business marketing and research • city, state and federal government; political campaigns • paralegal and law firm management work; • child protective services • education fields • non-profit work in immigration and refugee services, microfinance, veterans’ services • mediation and victim advocacy • criminal justice jobs in policing, probation, and research • for-profit sector jobs in private security, business management, and real estate.
A justice studies degree provides a broad foundation in theory and methods vital for addressing today’s pressing social and organizational dynamics.
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Interns Mavi Marin, Lindsay Leiferman and Sarah Nesbitt, with Sue Ellen Allen, founder of Gina’s Team (a community organization that works with incarcerated women).
You’ll experience justice-related work
JUSTICE FOR ALL Fairness, human rights, equality of opportunity ... these ideals, which are important to our
everyday lives, are also the basis of a just society. If you are interested in understanding why and how societies fall short on the promise of justice for all — and want to be a part of solutions to injustice — this is the program for you. Justice and Social Inquiry is a pioneering program focused on understanding all forms of justice and injustice. It gives you a systematic understanding of the world’s most pressing social problems and the tools to address them in local, national and global arenas. You will learn to identify classic and contemporary perspectives on justice, drawing on tools from the humanities and social sciences. You will gain the keen historical perspective and social science research skills necessary to understand and analyze arguments about justice and injustice from all sides of an issue. Our emphasis on social policy, solutions, and internships in justice-related work settings will help you blend your skills with the work experiences needed for a meaningful career.
It’s much more than criminal justice! When the program at ASU began in the 1970s, justice studies was essentially the study of criminal justice systems. But in the 1980s, ASU’s Justice and Social Inquiry program expanded its lens to focus on social, cultural, economic and legal justice — the first program to do so. Universities around the globe continue to adopt our “justice studies” model to build social justice, legal studies, and human rights programs.
CORE COURSES: 9-12 credit hours JUS 105: Intro. to Justice Studies or JUS 305: Principles of Justice JUS 301: Research in Justice Studies JUS 302: Basic Statistical Analysis (B.S. only) JUS 303: Justice Theory
JUS 105: Introduction to Justice Studies or JUS 305: Principles of Justice Studies
4 RELATED COURSES: 12 upper-division credit hours 15 TOTAL CLASSES (45 total credit hours)
Samuel DiCarlo Justice Studies
Jaclyn Gomez Justice Studies
Ryan Blum Justice Studies, Philosophy
Mavi Marin Justice Studies
Phoenix Police Department Vice Enforcement Unit
Arizona Justice Project
Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project
Krystyn Richardson Justice Studies, Women and Gender Studies
Demetreos Spanos BIS, Justice Studies and Business
Ashley Tindle Human Rights Certificate
Courtney McMinn Human Rights Certificate
North Mesa Justice Courts
Social Economy Arizona
American Traffic Solutions
Today, Justice and Social Inquiry offers a wide range of undergraduate courses leading to BA and BS degrees as well as a minor in justice studies (JUS). The program also offers an accelerated 4+1 MS degree that allows qualified students to earn a BA/BS and a master’s in justice studies in five years.
Major B.A. or B.S.
1 ENG Writing requirement course (3 credit hours) 2 300-level electives (6 credit hours) 3 400-level electives (9 credit hours) 1 JUS elective (3 hours) 1 JUS B.A. capstone approved course (3 credit hours) (B.A. only)
You can integrate classroom learning and real-world experience in an internship, working in an area of interest related to justice studies issues. Some of the recent placements that students have found rewarding are in organizations focused on human rights, political campaigns, prisoner rights, domestic violence, law, women’s rights, and victim services. You can also choose to undertake research apprenticeships with faculty.
JUS 303: Justice Theory 4 JUS ELECTIVES: 12 credit hours • any JUS course except JUS 301 and JUS 302. • 12 credit hours must be upper division. • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be courses offered by the School of Social Transformation 6 TOTAL CLASSES (18 total credit hours)
Consider a justice-related certificate in the School of Social Transformation, such as: Human Rights Socio-Legal Studies Economic Justice Social Transformation
Schedule your advising appointment by calling 480-965-7682, or stop in Wilson Hall 125.
Fairness, human rights, equality of opportunity ... these ideals, important to our everday lives, are also the basis of a just society. Just...