Economic Justice



This economic justice concentration focuses on the application of justice principles to different fields of economics, including microeconomics, macroeconomics, labor economics, public finance, development and international trade and investment, among others. Students will gain transdisciplinary knowledge of economic justice that will promote the growth of sustainable communities, locally, nationally and globally. Areas of focus include different approaches to economic justice, wealth and poverty, labor movements and unionization, social innovation, legal constructions of labor justice and forms of work discrimination, employment and welfare advocacy and activism. The course work in this concentration will prepare students to analyze and develop policies to build local skills; develop the capacity to design, control, manage and evaluate initiatives aimed at economically revitalizing communities; increase research abilities and lay the groundwork for new approaches to economic justice.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • A minimum of 12 hours must be taken as ASU.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students are required to complete 9 hours from both substantive areas: Race, Gender, Class, Citizenship & Economic Justice National and Global Justice. Courses must be from two or more academic areas.
  • Students must participate in either a for-credit internship or in a Research Experience with Undergraduates (REU) under faculty supervision.
  • * Course prerequisite: students are required to have completed a minimum of 36 semester hours and have a minimum 2.50 GPA to enroll in these courses.

Theories and Foundation in Economic Justice (select one) -- 3 credit hours
ASB 316: Money and Culture (L or SB) (3)
ECN 360: Economic Development (SB & G) (3)
JUS 105: Introduction to Justice Studies (SB) (3)
JUS 305: Principles of Justice Studies (SB) (3)
WST 270: Global Perspectives on Women (3)

Economic Justice Praxis (select one) -- 3 credit hours
JUS 405: Inequality, Economy and Justice ((L or SB) & G) (3)
JUS 484: Internship (3)
JUS 499: Individualized Instruction (3)
SGS 350: Economic Development and Globalization (3)
SWU 432: Social Policy and Services (3)

Interdisciplinary Elective Component (9 hours)
To provide students with an opportunity to focus on a particular racial group, nation, region, or specific historical event while also providing a broad interdisciplinary framework, students will select three electives. Courses must be taken from both of the substantive areas below, and from two or more academic units. Any course listed below may count towards this requirement, as well as other courses approved by the program director.

Race, Gender, Class, Citizenship and Economic Justice (select two) -- 6 credit hours

AFR 350 / APA 350 / SOC 350 / CDE 350 / JUS 365 / TCL 360: Inequality and Diversity in Education (L & C) (3)
AIS 380: Contemporary Issues of American Indian Nations (C) (3)
CRJ 306: Race, Ethnicity, Crime, and Criminal Justice (C) (3)
HST 325: Immigration and Ethnicity in the United States (SB & H & C) (3)
IAS 305: Work and Identity (SB) (3)
JUS 420 / SOC 425: Women, Work, and Justice ((L or SB) & C) (3)
JUS 438: Human Differences: Dilemmas of Justice ((L or HU) & C) (3)
SWU 374: Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (C) (3)
TCL 314 / SOC 314: Transborder Latin American Migration to the U.S. ((L or SB) & H & C) (3)

National and Global (select one) -- 3 credit hours

AFR 302 / WST 302 / HST 335: History of Black Women in America (SB & H) (3)
ECN 441: Public Economics (SB) (3)
JUS 321: Wealth Distribution and Poverty (SB & C) (3)
JUS 323: Justice and the Development of the Welfare State (SB) (3)
JUS 325 / SGS 325: Globalization and Socio-Economic Justice (SB & G) or SOC 325: null (3)
JUS 432 / SOC 432: Racial Justice (L) (3)
JUS 435: Cinema and Justice (3)
JUS 456 / SOS 456 / SOC 455: Human Rights and Sustainability ((L or SB) & G) (3)
JUS 469: Political Deviance and the Law ((L or SB) & C) (3)
PHI 336: Social and Political Philosophy (HU) (3)
POS 480 / SBS 480: Global Justice (G) (3)
POS 486: International Political Economy (SB & G) (3)
WST 365: Women and International Health (G) (3)
WST 477: Gender and Violence (SB & C) (3)

Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.






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