Social Justice & Human Rights, M.A. (Online) - Advising

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Welcome to Arizona State University’s Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Human Rights (Online). The online MA program in Social Justice and Human Rights involves coursework that is theoretically and methodologically challenging. The program focuses on three major pathways: migration/asylum seeking, gender-based violence and sex trafficking, and international law and organizations. Students learn to research and advocate for practices of social justice and human rights in contexts defined by multiple and intersecting dimensions of social identity and disadvantage, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality.

The program requires a successful completion of a capstone course and students have pathway requirements that cover a broad range of topics to prepare them to work in various settings.

This program adds a focus on experiential knowledge and applied fieldwork informed by normative theories and critical theoretical analyses of the dilemmas of vulnerable people and survivors of trauma around the world. The program addresses vulnerability of survivors of gender-based violence, forced migrants, and/or other people subjected to injustice and human rights violations. Online degree specifically for practitioners offering social justice and human rights solutions rooted in normative and critical theories.

Arizona State University comprises sixteen colleges and schools spread across four campuses in the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The online MA program in Social Justice and Human Rights is offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, which is part of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, and is housed on ASU’s West Campus in Phoenix, AZ.

If you have any questions about our Online MA Social Justice and Human Rights program, feel free to contact ncgradonline@asu.edu.

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This is an online program that requires 33 credit hours of coursework, including a capstone course. The online MA program in Social Justice and Human Rights involves coursework that is theoretically and methodologically challenging. The program focuses on three major pathways: migration/asylum seeking, gender-based violence and sex trafficking, and international law and organizations. Students learn to research and advocate for practices of social justice and human rights in contexts defined by multiple and intersecting dimensions of social identity and disadvantage, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality.

Required Courses

Core 

JHR 500: Research Methods

JHR 501: Pro-Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights 

JHR 506: Grant Writing for Social Justice and Human Rights 

JHR 510: Problem-Based Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights

JHR 525: Action Research in Social Justice and Human Rights

Pathway 

JHR 598: Migration, Asylum, and Refugees

JHR 598: Gender-Based Violence and Sex-Trafficiking 

JHR 598: International Law and Organizations 

Electives 

JHR 598: Critical Humanitarianism

JHR 598: Global Justice

 Capstone

JHR 549: Capstone in Social Justice and Human Rights 

Checksheets

As an online student in this program, you will be taking between six and nine credit hours in each semester, with courses in Sessions A and B. This program does require you to take courses in the Summer semester(s). Each Fall and Spring session is 7.5 weeks and each Summer session is 6 weeks.

Social Justice and Human Rights Checklist 

 

Students in this program may be admitted in Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May). The program requires students to register for specific courses each term for four consecutive terms. 

Course Load Information

As an online student in this program, you will be taking between six and nine credit hours in each semester, with courses in Sessions A and B. This program does require you to take courses in the Summer semester(s). Each Fall and Spring session is 7.5 weeks and each Summer session is 6 weeks.

Fall Admits: Fall (9 credit hours), Spring (9 credit hours), Summer (6 credit hours), Fall (9 credit hours)

Spring Admits: Spring (9 credit hours), Summer (6 credit hours), Fall (9 credit hours), Spring (9 credit hours)

Summer Admits: Summer (6 credit hours), Fall (9 credit hours), Spring (9 credit hours), Summer (9 credit hours)

Course Sequences

Students in the online MA in Social Justice and Human Rights program will be assigned courses based on their admit term. It is your responsibility to review registration information and register for the appropriate courses. Any modification to the required sequence may delay graduation and/or progress in the program by up to one calendar year. It is your responsibility to ensure you are registered for the right courses. To view the required course sequence for you select the semester and year that you were admitted:

As a graduate student it is your responsibility to review the recommended course sequence the academic unit lays out for the students. If a student does not follow these recommendations it may delay time to degree completion.

To be eligible for the culminating experience, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Up to date Plan of Study (iPOS) on file.

  • Graduate GPA, Cumulative GPA, iPOS GPA must all be at 3.00.

  • All core JHR courses MUST be completed prior to an enrollment override to the culminating experience.

  • All methods and pathway courses MUST be completed prior to enrollment override of the culminating experience.

  • Students can take ONEJHR elective with their culminating experience.

Students will want to file their plan of study before the 50% mark of program completion. Students are encouraged to file sooner, if they have a program sequence that they are following. A guide to assist students in filing and submitting their plan of study isavailable here. For your faculty committee, please ensure that you list Tricia Redeker-Hepner as your chair. The staff advisor section can be left as is. 

If you have any questions on the plan of study, please reach out to our advising team at ncgradonline@asu.edu.