Online Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies
Are you interested in social transformation as related to your career or personal life? Through your pursuit of a Bachelor of Science in justice studies, you’ll conduct advanced research into historical, cultural, economic and sociopolitical forces that impact social justice, while exploring timely and relevant topics with award-winning faculty.
Next start date: 06/29/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a justice studies major?
The Bachelor of Science in justice studies is an interdisciplinary major focused on social justice and the historical, cultural, economic and sociopolitical forces that impact our society. In this program, you'll evaluate concepts of justice related to legal, governmental and societal institutions, as well as broader social dynamics. You’ll work alongside dedicated instructors to rethink the framing of justice issues, while centering on the experiences of diverse communities. Through your coursework, you’ll explore the impact of the following factors on injustice:
- Socioeconomic status.
What topics does a Bachelor of Science in justice studies cover?
This degree program incorporates a range of topics beyond the legal system, including global and local politics, the economy, community organization and activism. You’ll also conduct an in-depth analysis of how justice is perceived, promoted and undermined. The five core areas of study for a justice studies major are:
- Citizenship, migration and human rights.
- Globalization, sustainability and economic justice.
- Law, policy and social change.
- Media, technology and culture.
- Social identities and communities.
What skills can I develop with a Bachelor of Science in justice studies?
In the Bachelor of Science in justice studies program, you’ll learn quantitative and qualitative research skills, while building a strong foundation in areas such as law, public policy and social change. Your courses may also include researching current events and analyzing how to transform unjust social arrangements. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to gain career experience through our internship program with 180+ placements around the world.
When you complete this degree, you may use these talents to create meaningful change through governmental agencies, the legal system, public policy, nongovernmental organizations and social justice activism. On the path to careers in legal advocacy, graduates may go on to take the LSAT in preparation for law school.
Featured courses in the bachelor’s degree in justice studies
Your coursework will focus on theory and research to prepare you to understand the social dynamics of justice. You may also choose electives that are relevant to your interests, such as disability justice and advocacy, human rights, environmental justice, immigration and more. Program courses include:
JUS 210: Introduction to Ethnic Studies in the U.S. (C)
JUS 214: The Pursuit of Justice in the 21st Century (SB)
JUS 235: Disability, Justice and Advocacy (C)
JUS 301: Research in Justice Studies (SB)
JUS 302: Statistical Analysis for Justice Studies (CS)
JUS 303: Justice Theory (L)
JUS 105: Introduction to Justice Studies (SB)
What can I do with a Bachelor of Science in justice studies?
Beyond the legal field, justice studies majors are prepared for careers in a variety of areas, such as economics, education, politics, public service and more. Potential career paths for graduates include, but are not limited to:
Bachelor of Science in justice studies admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
A community of dedicated peers
The School of Social Transformation focuses on transformational knowledge across society. This includes creative research approaches to themes and questions embedded in broader historical, social, political, geographic and cultural contexts. We prepare our students to be informed members of the public. Our graduates are interdisciplinary, team-oriented, real-world problem-solvers that can thrive in any environment, career or pursuit.