Social Justice and Human Rights (BA)

The Social Justice and Human Rights program 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 and social change, trauma studies and humanitarianism, and materialism and inequality, students can find rewarding futures advocating for victims and survivors of human trafficking, domestic abuse, disaster relief, and migrant populations.

The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences offers a BA in social justice and human rights through the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU's West campus. This program 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 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

Degree Offered

Social Justice and Human Rights (BA)
Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, New College of


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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.

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 11.4%$29,790
Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other8.2%$41,420
Labor Relations Specialists-7.8%$56,950
Social and Community Service Managers9.5%$62,740

* 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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