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 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 23.2%
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Social Workers, All Other8.3%$61,980
Health Educators 14.5%$53,940
Postsecondary Teachers, All Other9.4%$64,480
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other 13.2%$41,570
Compliance Managers 8%$105,610
Training and Development Specialists 11.5%$60,360
Correctional Officers and Jailers-7.7%$43,540
Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers7%$61,050
First-Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers-7.8%$62,500
Counselors, All Other 14.3%$43,370
Court Reporters3.4%$55,120
Criminal Investigators and Special Agents4.5%$79,970
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Teachers, Postsecondary 12.5%$60,400
Immigration and Customs Inspectors4.5%$79,970
Police Detectives4.5%$79,970
Economics Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$98,350
Training and Development Managers 10.3%$108,250
Environmental Economists 6.3%$102,490
Survey Researchers2.5%$54,270
Police Identification and Records Officers4.5%$79,970
Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts 9.6%$69,520
Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs6%$44,400
Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors 12.6%$55,410
Human Factors Engineers and Ergonomists 9.7%$85,880
Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists8.5%$62,680
Human Resources Managers9.1%$110,120
Human Resources Specialists7.1%$60,350
Intelligence Analysts4.5%$79,970
Investment Fund Managers8%$105,610
Investment Underwriters 9.6%$69,520
Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates5.6%$133,840
Labor Relations Specialists-7.7%$63,200
Judicial Law Clerks5.5%$51,330
Law Teachers, Postsecondary 12.3%$104,910
Administrative Law Judges, Adjudicators, and Hearing Officers4%$94,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Healthcare Social Workers 20.1%$54,870
Mental Health Counselors 23.1%
Paralegals and Legal Assistants 14.6%$50,410
Patient Representatives 4.9%$32,890
Police Patrol Officers7%$61,050
First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives6.6%$87,910
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Political Science Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$81,430
Private Detectives and Investigators 10.6%$50,700
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 10.4%$111,280
Regulatory Affairs Managers 8%$105,610
Rehabilitation Counselors 12.7%$34,860
School Psychologists 14.3%$75,090
Security Managers8%$105,610
First-Line Supervisors of Protective Service Workers, All Other4.6%$49,430
Social Sciences Teachers, Postsecondary, All Other 10%$64,480
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary 9.9%$64,370
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Loss Prevention Managers8%$105,610
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250
Supply Chain Managers 8%$105,610

* 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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