Social Justice and Human Rights, BA

The Social Justice and Human Rights degree at ASU’s West campus prepares students for lives spent advocating for social justice and protecting human rights in local, national, and global contexts. With focus areas of advocacy, social change, trauma studies, humanitarianism, materialism, inequality.

The BA program in social justice and human rights spans the social sciences and the humanities to prepare students to meet the challenges of twenty-first century issues of social justice and protection of human rights in local, national, international and global contexts. The degree program introduces students to principles and practices of everyday humanitarianism, multimedia advocacy, and theories and practices of social justice and human rights.

Students in the program have the opportunity to select from three uniquely theoretical and applied areas of focus including:

  • advocacy and social change
  • critical trauma studies and everyday humanitarianism
  • materialism, intersectionality and inequality

Program Offered

Social Justice and Human Rights, BA

Offered by
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences


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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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WUE eligible program
Undergraduate students from western states who enroll in this program are eligible for a discounted tuition rate.

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Career Outlook

Students with this degree are employable in a variety of settings, including refugee resettlement agencies; agencies and shelters supporting survivors of domestic abuse; shelters for migrants, especially for unaccompanied minors; disaster relief agencies; organizations assisting survivors of sex trafficking and human labor trafficking; agencies assisting veterans and others suffering from post-traumatic stress. Career opportunities include:

  • charitable fundraiser (e.g., Nina M. Pulliam Charitable Trust staff)
  • ethnic studies professor
  • grant writer
  • humanitarian aid worker (e.g., UNHCR aid worker, Oxfam aid worker)
  • international governmental organization professional (e.g., United Nations staff)
  • justice studies professor
  • nongovernmental organization professional (e.g., International Rescue Committee professional)
  • nonprofit agency manager (e.g., Special Olympics Arizona/international manager)
  • women and gender studies professor

Example Careers

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:

Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 22.3%$39,270
Social and Human Service Assistants 11.4%$29,790
Social Workers, All Other3.8%$59,100
Health Educators12.2%$50,430
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.3%$62,330
Community Health Workers 14.9%$34,870
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Compliance Managers 3.9%$105,060
Training and Development Specialists 7.5%$57,340
Correctional Officers and Jailers 3.7%$39,780
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers 5%$56,810
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers3.1%$57,970
Counselors, All Other11%$44,830
Court Reporters1.5%$49,860
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents-1.2%$79,870
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 21.4%$57,200
Immigration and Customs Inspectors-1.2%$79,870
Police Detectives-1.2%$79,870
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$90,870
Training and Development Managers7%$101,930
Environmental Economists 5.7%$95,710
Survey Researchers11.6%$49,760
Police Identification and Records Officers-1.2%$79,870
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts 4.9%$65,440
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs1.6%$42,200
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors8.2%$53,370
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 0.9%$81,490
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists4%$60,600
Human Resources Managers8.8%$102,780
Human Resources Specialists 4.6%$57,420
Intelligence Analysts -1.2%$79,870
Investment Fund Managers 3.9%$105,060
Investment Underwriters 4.9%$65,440
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates0.6%$115,140
Labor Relations Specialists-7.8%$56,950
Judicial Law Clerks-6.3%$48,640
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 21.7%$109,980
Lawyers 5.6%$114,970
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers-3.6%$87,980
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 9.2%$57,180
Healthcare Social Workers 19.3%$51,930
Mental Health Counselors 19.6%$40,850
Paralegals and Legal Assistants7.6%$48,350
Patient Representatives 9.8%$31,200
Police Patrol Officers 5%$56,810
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives4.2%$80,930
Political Scientists-2.3%$104,920
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary9.7%$73,790
Private Detectives and Investigators5.2%$44,570
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists3.6%$49,060
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers7.1%$101,510
Regulatory Affairs Managers 3.9%$105,060
Rehabilitation Counselors9%$34,380
School Psychologists 19.6%$68,900
Security Managers 3.9%$105,060
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other4.6%$45,830
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 17%$65,320
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 13.9%$62,440
Child, Family, and School Social Workers6.2%$42,120
Loss Prevention Managers 3.9%$105,060
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 18.9%$41,380
Supply Chain Managers 3.9%$105,060

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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