Social Justice Studies, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that integrates theories, methods, and substance of  economics, history, political science, and sociology as they bear on questions of social justice.  What is "social justice"? What are the processes that produce injustice in our world, and how do they operate? How are people working - or how might people work - to achieve social justice? The program is available as a minor as well as a B.A.

Advising

Students completing a Social Justice major are encouraged to take ECON 101 PRINCIPLES OF ECONOMICS I, SOC 101 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY and POS 101 UNITED STATES POLITICS 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.

Requirements

Students majoring in Social Justice Studies complete 11 courses (33 credit hours) related to social justice in a variety of disciplines. There are 21 credit hours of Core courses and 12 credit hours of Electives.  The capstone experience is either an internship in an organization with a social justice mission or a senior thesis.

Electives are chosen in conjunction with your advisor.

  • To ensure the interdisciplinary character of the major, students will be limited to two electives from any one department.
  • One elective should be a transformational learning course.
  • Two electives must be at the 300 level.
  • No 100-level electives will be accepted.
  • A grade of C or higher is required in all courses in the major
  • At least 15 hours in the major must be taken at Roosevelt.

The Social Justice Studies advisory committee designates elective courses each semester. Students can view these by clicking on the Social Justice Studies attribute link on the class schedule.

These courses are required for the Social Justice Studies major:

Core
POS 367SOCIAL MOVEMENTS3
SOC 290THE RESEARCH PROCESS3
or POS 290 RESEARCH IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
or ECON 234 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS
SOCJ 201INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES3
SOCJ 208INTRODUCTION TO WORKING CLASS STUDIES3
SOCJ 214ECONOMICS OF GLOBALIZATION3
SOCJ 326THEORIES OF SOCIAL JUSTICE3
SOCJ 398SOCIAL JUSTICE INTERNSHIP3
Four electives, two of which must be at the 300 level12
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12087
Total Credit Hours120

Students interested in graduate programs in social science or public policy are encouraged to take MATH 217 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS/ECON 234 ELEMENTARY STATISTICS/SOC 291 SOCIAL STATISTICS: INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY & STATISTICS (3 credit hours) and ECON 338 FINANCIAL CRISES & MARKETS (3 credit hours)

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

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

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit 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)