Social Justice and Human Rights, BA

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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 social justice and human rights program at ASU's West campus prepares you to be an advocate for social justice and the protection of human rights. You can find a rewarding future advocating for victims and survivors of human trafficking, domestic abuse and disaster relief and for migrant populations.

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The BA program in social justice and human rights spans the social sciences and the humanities to prepare students to meet the challenges of 21st-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; and materialism, intersectionality and inequality.

At A Glance

Social Justice and Human Rights, BA

Required Courses

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While circumstances vary between students and their paths towards graduation (utilizing placement testing to fulfill required math or foreign language courses, fulfilling multiple General Studies requirements with one course, etc.), completing the courses listed in a major map fulfills all of the requirements for graduation.

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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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; and 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
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Sociologists1.3%$79,650

* 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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