Social Justice Studies

College of Justice and Safety
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Degree Options

Who Would be Interested in Social Justice Studies?

Students interested in deepening their knowledge in any of the following areas should consider a major in Social Justice Studies:

  • Capitalism, poverty, and economic inequality
  • Civil rights
  • Climate change, environmental degradation, and environmental justice
  • Corporate power
  • Education, health care and justice
  • LBGTQ equality and liberation
  • Mass incarceration and transformative justice
  • Media, new media, and representation
  • Patriarchy, gender discrimination and inequality
  • Police power and security
  • Racism, discrimination and inequality
  • Social movements and community organizing
  • State power
  • War, colonialism and imperialism

Why Social Justice Studies?

Degree Benefits

  • The EKU School of Justice Studies provides a stimulating learning environment that promotes respect, tolerance, sensitivity, an open exchange of ideas, and preparing students for careers as leaders in the field.
  • Unlike training, the program focuses on engaging students critically and creatively in rigorous inquiry, which fosters a deep, committed and practical understanding of justice problems.
  • Students not only learn about factors that encourage a variety of social problems, but they examine strategies for effective social change
  • The program focuses on experiential learning and offers students opportunities to engage in field work designed to connect classroom learning with real world social activism

At EKU's School of Justice Studies, we offer:

  • Courses taught by exceptional faculty who are committed to students' success in and outside the classroom
  • Small, personalized classes where students and faculty get to know one another
  • Opportunities to participate in clubs, organizations, and honor societies that broaden students' professional relationships and their understanding of social justice related practice
  • Modern, state-of-the-art facilities that support the work of students and faculty
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of field experiences including service learning courses and internship opportunities where students study and work on real life problems
  • National and international travel and educational opportunities designed to help students expand their understanding of efforts to promote justice here and abroad
  • Personalized advising through the College Advising Center
  • Student-centered staff who is committed to students' success
  • A unique educational experience designed not only to prepare you for the world of work, but to prepare you for making a difference in the lives of others

Rewarding Career Opportunities

Career Examples:

  • Public interest law
  • Public policy analysis
  • Public, private, non-profit and community-based organizations engaged in social and political activism
  • Alternative media and education
  • Community organizing
  • Conflict resolution
  • Human services
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Human and civil rights

What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?

Students may select Social Justice Studies as their major upon applying to the university.

How Do I Get More Information?

Social Justice Studies

Dr. Judah Schept, Associate Professor of Justice Studies and Coordinator of the Social Justice Studies Program

Contact Jacinda Bertie or Rebecca Moore at:

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?