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.

Required Courses: 6 credit hours

SST 220 / APA 220 / JUS 220 Introduction to Social Transformation (offered Spring only)

SST 484 Internship or SST 499 Individualized Instruction 

Electives: 12 credit hours 
Choose elective courses from the following:

AFR 325 Music as Political Discourse Reggae, Calypso, and Hip Hop or JUS 326

AFR 365 or WST 364: Unruly Voices: Black Women and Cultural Narratives

AFR 420: Race Ethnicity and Politics in the African Diaspora 

AFR 470: Women's International Human Rights 

APA 350: Inequality and Diversity in Education

COM 312 Communication, Conflict and Negotiation 

COM 341 Social Context for Performance

ENG 333 Ethnic American Literature

ENG 367 Environmental Issues in Literature and Film

ENG 371 Rhetoric of the Environmental Movement

HST 306 The Civil Rights Movement

HST 354 Revolutionary Europe

JUS 320 Community and Social Justice

JUS 321 Wealth Distribution and Poverty

JUS 350 Immigration and Justice

JUS 375 Justice and Mass Media

JUS 430 Social Protest, Conflict and Change

JUS 444 Environment and Justice

JUS 460 Feminism and Justice

JUS 497 Honors Colloquium: Digital Activism

NLM 410 Social Entrepreneurship

PAF 305 Urban  Governance 

REL 379 Religion, Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict

SOC 352 Social Change

TCL 340 Chicana/o and Latina/o Politics

TCL 341 Policy Issues in Chicana/o and Latina/o Urban Settings

THP 482 Theatre for Social Change

WST 375 Women and Social Change

WST 377 History of Feminist Thought

WST 378 Global Feminist Thought

WST 380 Race, Gender and Class






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