Social Transformation



The concentration in social transformation introduces students to the ways in which social change is catalyzed by social movements, social entrepreneurship, social innovation, protest, law, activism and organizing. Students enrolled in the concentration learn how diverse communities locally and globally have achieved social change, understand theories of social transformation, and consider how to apply what they have learned about social transformation and transformational knowledge to the social problems facing communities today. The course work provides comparative, transdisciplinary and socially engaged frameworks within which to understand local and global mobilization, including, but not limited to, civil rights movements, labor movements, democracy movements, movements for global justice and movements for gender equality. Students learn how communities that have traditionally been institutionally marginalized have successfully mobilized to achieve institutional, political, cultural and economic change.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum 12 hours must be taken in courses offered at ASU.
  • To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
  • Additional elective courses can be applied to the concentration with approval from a Social Transformation advisor.

Core 3 Hours Required

SST 220 Introduction to Social Transformation (offered Spring only)
SST 200

SST 484 Internship (1-12)
SST 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)

Electives 15 Hours Required
Choose elective courses from the following:
Select in consultation with an advisor.

WST 375 Women and Social Change, SB, C (3)

WST 377 History of Feminist Thought, H, C (3)

WST 378 Global Feminist Thought, L, C, G (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 with C or better)

WST 380 Race, Gender and Class, SB, C (3) (Prerequisites: WST 100 or 300 with C or better; Minimum 6 upper-division hours; Credit is allowed for only WST 350 or 380)

WST 394 Special Topics: Women, Power and Leadership

AFR 355 Democracy and Civil Society in Africa (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200 or minimum 45 credit hours)

AFR 364 WST 364 

AFR 394 

AFR 415 Black Political Thought and the Limits of Liberal Democracy, SB, G, H (3)

AFR 494 

AFS 470/WST 471 Women's International Human Rights (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200 or minimum 9 upper-division hours; junior standing; Students who have credit for WST 471, AFS 598 topic 5 or AFS 494 topic 31 may not enroll in AFS 470)

AFR 325 Music as Political Discourse Reggae, Calypso, and Hip Hop, G & H (3) (Prerequisites: AFS 200; minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only AFS 325 or JUS 326)

APA/AFR 352 Race, Space and the Production of Inequality (3)

APA/AFS 394 Topic: Social Movements and Intercultural Coalitions (3)

JUS 320 Community and Social Justice, SB, C (3)

JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty, SB, C (3)

JUS 326 Music as Political Discourse: Reggae, Calypso, and Hip Hop, HU & H & G (3)

JUS 350 Immigration and Justice, SB, C (3)

JUS 375 Justice and Mass Media, SB (3)

JUS 394 Special Topics (see an advisor for appropriate topics) (3)

JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change, L or SB, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)

JUS 444 Environment and Justice, L, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)

JUS 460 Feminism and Justice, C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)

JUS 474 Legislation of Morality, (L or SB) & C (3) (Prerequisites: minimum 36 semester hours; minimum 2.00 GPA)

JUS 497 Honors Colloquium (3) (Prerequisites: Barrett honors student)

AIS 394 Innovation for American Indian Sustainability

HST 306 The Civil Rights Movement, HU or SB, H (3)

HST 354 Revolutionary Europe, SB, H (3)

HST 498 Pro-Seminar Segregation and Desegregation in US History and Law, L

REL 379 Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict, HU, G (3) (Credit is allowed for only REL 379 or SGS 343)

REL 482 Religion, Violence and Conflict Resolution (3) (Credit for only JUS 473, POS 473, or REL 482)

REL 494 Topic: Inquiry into Religion and Conflict

TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics, L, C (3)

TCL 341 Policy Issues in Chicana/o and Latina/o Urban Settings, C (3)

COM 312 Communication, Conflict and Negotiation (3) (Prerequisites: Must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater)

COM 341 Social Context for Performance (3) (Prerequisites: Must have a Cumulative GPA of 2.50 or greater)

SOC 352 Social Change, SB, G, H (3)

NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship (3) (Prerequisites: NLM 210: NLM 220; Credit allowed only for NLM 562 or NLM 410)

THP 482 Theatre for Social Change, C (3)

URB 405 Citizen Engagement and Community Building (3) (Prerequisites: URB 220 with C or better; URB 240 with C or better)




MHL 494 Music and Movement in Hip Hop Culture

ENG 371 Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement (3)

ENG 333 Ethnic American Literature, L or HU, C (3)

ENG 367 Environmental Issues in Literature and Film, L or HU (3)








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