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Bachelor's in Social Justice Studies, BA

Become a leader with a Social Justice Studies degree 

Roosevelt University is proud to offer an interdisciplinary BA in Social Justice Studies. This major, housed in the Department of Law, Society, and Sustainability, provides practical and theoretical tools from fields such as sociology, political science, sustainability studies, history, and economics to examine theories of and movements for social justice. Social Justice Studies majors examine a wide array of issues including, economic justice, racial justice, gender justice, disability rights, and migrant rights.


Why Roosevelt for Your Bachelor’s

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Learn to Practically Apply Social Justice

The program allows students to delve into social justice as an academic field of study. Questions about the meaning and causes of injustice and movements to promote social justice form the core of the curriculum. Students receive training in analyzing social issues through a combination of applied social theory, political analysis, research methods, and practical internship experience. Together these provide the practical and theoretical skills students can apply to careers that make a difference in the world.

Journalism and media studies student Chijioke Williams at a Reclaim Pride protest. Photo credit: Block Club Chicago

Expansive Career Opportunities

The Social Justice Studies major prepares you for world-changing careers. Recent graduates work in government, non-for-profit organizations and the private sector. Others have gone on to graduate school. Transferable skills including extensive training in writing, research and critical thinking prepare students well for any post-graduate path they choose to take.

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Pursue Additional Studies

Social Justice Studies majors are encouraged to expand their breadth of study through the addition of double major or a minor. Majors can add an area of emphasis by studying African American Studies, Sustainability, Criminal Justice Studies or Women and Gender Studies; enhance practical skills through an additional major or minor Journalism and Media Studies, Paralegal Studies, or Graphic Design; or sharpen political and policy analysis through the study of Political Science, International Studies, or Economics.

“The Englewood neighborhood in Chicago, which has been renowned for its high crime for as long as I can remember, is the place that I called home for the majority of my life. Until the age 19, I never lived more than five miles away from my first home. I grew up witnessing drug deals, crime, and listening to gun shots at night as if they were a lullaby. Yet today, I am a recent college graduate with a job in the career field that I majored in."

Tamara Jordan, 2016 
Social Justice Studies, BA

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