Online Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies

Are you passionate about social justice? Our justice studies degree online takes an in-depth look at the ever-evolving nature of justice from multiple academic perspectives. You’ll prepare for a career in law, government, politics, education and more.

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Next start date: 01/11/2021


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is a justice studies degree?

A Bachelor of Arts in justice studies is a social science-based undergraduate program. The degree examines justice and social inquiry from diverse perspectives. As a justice studies major, you’ll examine how the definition of justice changes based on classical, contemporary, domestic and global contexts.

Our justice studies degree is ideal for students who want to understand what justice is and how to achieve it. If you’re interested in justice studies, you likely have a desire to drive social transformation.

What kind of skills will I learn in justice studies?

 

As the country grapples with a massive public reaction to longstanding and current day racism, the justice studies degree provides students with tools to understand and achieve justice in the U.S.

The justice studies curriculum includes classic and contemporary philosophies and theories of justice. You’ll gain a broad foundation in social science, humanities and more to be successful in many areas. Our justice studies degree doesn’t have a specific or narrow career path. You’ll develop valuable, transferable skills, such as critical thinking, oral and written communication, collaboration, digital technology and intercultural fluency. The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE®) defines these skills as key competencies of career readiness.

If you’re interested in pursuing a law degree, earning a justice studies degree will provide a well-rounded education. You’ll gain abstract thinking skills, the ability to interpret texts and a high reading comprehension, which will help on your Law School Admission Test (LSAT). You’ll also learn to think reasonably and logically, which law schools typically look for in candidates. 

It’s important to note this is not a criminology program. The justice studies program does not prepare students for a career in criminal justice.

What is the difference between a BA and a BS in justice studies?

 

The Bachelor of Arts in justice studies is very similar to the Bachelor of Science in justice studies. The major difference between the two programs is the foreign language requirement in the Bachelor of Arts. If you have an interest in social science, you may lean toward the Bachelor of Arts. If you have an interest in statistical analysis and quantitative inquiry, the Bachelor of Science may be ideal for you.

Justice studies courses

Our justice studies courses run the gamut from justice theories to social inquiry. You’ll explore legal and social philosophies of justice while learning new methods for conducting justice studies research. You can also take a range of justice studies electives, such as justice-seeking organizations, ethnic studies and disability rights.


JUS 214: The Pursuit of Justice in the 21st Century (SB)


JUS 210: Introduction to Ethnic Studies in the U.S. (C)


JUS 235: Disability, Justice and Advocacy (C)


JUS 105: Introduction to Justice Studies (SB)


JUS 301: Research in Justice Studies (SB)


JUS 303: Justice Theory (L)


What can I do with a justice studies degree?

As a justice studies graduate, you’ll have a diverse range of career opportunities and outcomes. Our students are prepared for jobs in law, government, politics, education, community-based works and more. For instance, one of our justice studies alumni continued her education, earned a doctorate and now serves as a U.S. senator.

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Learn from professionals in criminal justice and justice law

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.digit
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Learn from professionals in criminal justice and justice law

From Royal Society and American Academy fellows to Marshall and Barry Goldwater Scholarship recipients, The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is home to prestigious students and faculty members.

  • Fulbright American Scholars.
  • Guggenheim Fellows.digit
  • MacArthur Fellows.
  • Nobel laureates.

Justice studies requirements

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You are considered a freshman 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).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Join one of the leading schools for social transformation

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 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.

8:1


student-to-faculty ratio.

48


tenure and tenure-track faculty.

35%


first-generation students.

57%


of students are racially or ethnically diverse.

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