Social Justice Studies- 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 Studies (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 Courses
Select all of the following:
SJS/SOC 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS/SOC 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS/SOC 470Social/Political Activism3
Logic, Reasoning, Research Methods3-4
Select one of the following: 1
Research Methods
Formal Logic
Professional Development2-3
Select one of the following:
Career Development for College Students
Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice
Select courses from the following to total at least 30 hours:
Creating Global Peace
EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning
EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education
Sociology of Gender
Work and Occupational Justice
Introduction to Disability Studies
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Social Forces and Aging
Race and Ethnic Relations
Topics in Justice Studies
Medical Sociology
Family Poverty
Social Stratification
Environment, Society & Justice
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
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. Pre-approved related areas include:
Black World Studies (BWS)
Community-Based Leadership (CBL)
Comparative Media Studies (CMS)
Disability Studies (DST)
Entrepreneurship (ESP)
Geography (GEO)
International Studies (ITS)
OTR Residency
Sustainability (IES)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS)
Total Credit Hours40-42

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