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Social Justice Studies, BA

Offered in: CHICAGO

Students majoring in Social Justice Studies complete 11 courses (33 semester hours) related to social justice in a variety of disciplines. The capstone experience is either an internship in an organization with a social justice mission or a senior thesis. The final 30 semester hours of the degree must be taken at Roosevelt.

To ensure the interdisciplinary character of the major, students will be limited to two electives from any one department. The student and the advisor will collaborate in selection of electives.

In choosing electives:

  • No more than two electives may come from any single discipline.
  • Three electives must be thematically related.
  • One elective should be a transformational learning course.
  • Two electives must be at the 300 level.
  • No 100-level electives will be accepted.

The Social Justice Studies advisory committee will designate elective courses each semester.


Students completing a Social Justice major are encouraged to take Econ 101, SOC 101 and POS 101 for their social science distribution courses; these are prerequisites for many of the required courses in the major. Students must receive a minimum grade of C- for a course to count toward the major. The overall grade point average must be 2.0 or higher.

These courses are required for the Social Justice Studies major:

  POS 367 Social Movements .....3
  SOC 290 Research Methods or ECON 234/MATH 217/SOC 291 Introduction to Statistics .....3
  SOCJ 201 Introduction to Social Justice Studies .....3
  SOCJ 208 Introduction to Working Class Studies .....3
  SOCJ 214 Economics of Globalization .....3
  SOCJ 326 Theories of Justice .....3
  SOCJ 398 Internship .....3

Four electives, two of which must be at the 300 level.


Students interested in graduate programs in social science or public policy are encouraged to take Math 217/Econ 234/Soc 291 (3 credit hours) and Economics 338 (3 credit hours)

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice

  ACP 101 First-Year Seminar (required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 semester hours) .....3
  ACP 110 Primary Texts .....3
  ACP 250 Grounds for Change .....3

English Composition (minimum grade of C- required)

  ENG 101 Composition I: Critical Reading and Writing .....3
  ENG 102 Composition II: Introduction to Academic Research .....3


  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding 101 and 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies .....9


  MATH 110 Math 110 or above (Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements -- see advisor). .....3

Non-Western Requirement

  Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements) .....3

RU Mission-Related Course (minimum grade of C- required)

  LIBS 201 Writing Social Justice .....3


  One biological science and one physical science required; at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors) TOTAL: at least 7 science hours. .....7-8

Social Sciences

  Nine semester hours total required from these subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies .....9

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 semester hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 semester hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 semester hours (of the 60 semester hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 semester hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)