Justice Studies*

The classroom experience for the student pursuing the concentration in justice studies is interdisciplinary, emphasizing ideas from the social sciences, philosophy, and legal studies. The concentration is designed for students interested in supplementing their other concentration area by studying justice issues. Students will develop an understanding of meanings of justice and injustice and analyze often controversial issues through critical inquiry and social science investigation.

Primary focus is placed on theories of justice in these principle areas:

Economic Justice
Social Justice, Law, and Society
Cultural Transformation and Justice


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours must be resident credit with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • No pass/fail or noncredit course work may be applied to the concentration.
  • M - Course transfer equivalent available from Maricopa County Community College District, details are provided on the Transfer Information tab.


Core 6 hours

JUS 303 Justice Theory (3) (Required)

JUS 105 Introduction to Justice Studies (3)
OR JUS 305 Principles of Justice Studies (3)

Electives 12 Hours (6-9 Upper Division)
Select in consultation with a Justice Studies advisor.
CANNOT be from: JUS 105, JUS 303, JUS 305, JUS 301, JUS 302, JUS 492

Any JUS 100 course (NOT JUS 105)
Any JUS 200M course
Any JUS 300 course (NOT JUS 301 JUS 302, JUS 303, JUS 305)
Any JUS 400 course (NOT JUS 492)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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