Justice and Social Inquiry

Justice and Social Inquiry

Justice and Social Inquiry is an interdisciplinary unit that places the study of justice in all its forms at the center of its scholarship and teaching. As one of the nation's most comprehensive programs in justice studies, it offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degree programs and certificates:

Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs

Through course work, research, internships and community engagement, our faculty and students study a wide range of topics at the local, national and international level. Among those topics are the following:

  • Law, policy and justice
  • Economy and justice
  • Youth and justice
  • Environmental justice
  • Education, culture and justice
  • Democracy and justice
  • Gender and justice
  • Race and justice
  • Social class and justice
  • Citizenship, migration and justice
  • Human rights and justice
  • Politics and justice
  • Justice and social change

Students emerge from our program with the knowledge and skills designed to bring social justice concerns to their professional careers. Many of our graduates go on to law school, graduate school or other professional degree programs. Our graduates work in a variety of fields, including:

  • human welfare and social work
  • law enforcement and criminal justice
  • nongovernmental organizations
  • governmental agencies
  • international organizations
  • other public service


We REVEAL intersecting forms of injustice Inquiry into the sources and manifestations of inequality is the starting point for much of our scholarship. Inequalities are built into our social life and public policies. Intersecting forms of injustice based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation and legal status, among other factors, are further shaped by political realignments, economic globalization and technological and cultural change.

We ENGAGE multiple visions of justice Local and global processes hinder as well as engender visions for a just society. Visions of justice might focus on short-term management of problems or the long-term restructuring of entrenched inequalities and empowerment of communities. Justice and Social Inquiry faculty and students engage with practitioners, decision makers and other social change agents to identify sustainable solutions to difficult social problems.

We TRANSFORM pathways to justice People organize for justice in a variety of ways. Vulnerable, exploited or marginalized communities draw on local and global resources to resist inequality and create resilient and thriving communities. Multi-disciplinary social inquiry allows scholars and community leaders to translate lessons learned during one historical moment or location to solutions appropriate for emerging social justice concerns.