Social Justice - Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, 375 Upham Hall, 513-529-2628.

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice (SJS) offers a sociologically-based foundation of knowledge and skills to examine ideals of justice, realities of injustice, and change strategies to bridge the gap between the two.  It prepares students for graduate work, law school, and a broad range of careers in areas including public policy, business, social activism, human services, public health, foreign affairs, and humanitarian relief.

Program Requirements

(40 Semester hours)

Core Courses12
Select all of the following:
Social Justice Perspectives
Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice
Social Justice and Change
Social/Political Activism
Logic, Reasoning, Research Methods3-4
Select one of the following:
Research Methods
Formal Logic
Applied Statistics
Select 15 hours from the courses below; minimum of 3 required hours per category
Identities and Inequalities Courses (Electives category 1)
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Sociology of Gender
Introduction to Disability Studies
Race, Nation, and Sport
Social Forces and Aging
Race and Ethnic Relations
Social Stratification
Institutions and Processes Courses (Electives category 2)
Immigrant America
Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities
Gateway to Global Health
Journalism and American Life
Creating Global Peace
EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning
EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education
Work and Occupational Justice
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Topics in Justice Studies
Medical Sociology
Family Poverty
Social Stratification
Internship in Applied Sociology 1
Environment, Society & Justice
Related hours10
Courses must be taken in the same department or program. If your interests are not accommodated by the pre-approved areas listed below, you may elect to design an individualized course of study with approval from the Chief Departmental Advisor. Pre-approved related areas include:
Community-Based Leadership (CBL)
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRE)
Disability Studies (DST)
Entrepreneurship (ESP)
Environmental Science (IES)
Food Systems and Food Studies (IES)
International Studies (ITS)
Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Studies (LAS)
OTR Residency
Social Work (BSW)
Sustainability (IES)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS)
Total Credit Hours40-41

Maximum of 4 credit hours count for the Major. Must be pre-approved as a social justice-related placement.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: SJS 165SJS 323, and SJS 470.