COVID-19: See our Phoenix Forward page
Skip to main content

Democracy and Justice Studies Major

Don't Settle For Ordinary

Enact change in your community.

We’re not transforming students; we’re helping students transform the world around them. We focus on expressing arguments in speech and writing, critical thinking and looking at issues from many perspectives. And you won't just learn in the classroom – you’ll learn in the community.

See Degree Path
Four students gather outside

Choosing a DJS Emphasis

As a democracy and justice studies major, you'll choose an emphasis that aligns with your career aspirations.
People participating in activist march
American Studies

Addresses historical and contemporary political problems, public issues, social criticism and strategies for change in the U.S.

Blind Justice statue
Criminal Justice

Considers the development and processes of the criminal justice system, including theories regarding freedom, social control, punishment and inequality.

Person places ballot in voting box
Legal Studies

Examines legal systems of the past and present and how it relates to justice and democracy. You’ll study these institutions in the U.S. and other countries.

Statue of Liberty
U.S. and the World

Focuses on the influence of the U.S. and its ideals, including democracy, equality and social justice, on the world.

Female participates in protest for gender equality
Women's and Gender Studies

Explores historical and contemporary perspectives on women and gender, especially how changing gender roles have affected economic and social opportunity.

Resumé
Minor in Democracy & Justice Studies

For added expertise and a more robust résumé, many students choose to combine a minor in democracy and justice studies with their major in communication, business, environmental policy or other relevant fields.

Brown County court house

Pre-Law
Advising

If you're thinking about attending law school, start here.

We offer support to students interested in a legal career, providing resources to explore if law school is right for you, locate internships, prepare for the LSAT, plan for law school and more. Ready to prep for law school? Contact Nolan Bennett, our connoisseur of all things law-related.

Email Pre-Law Advisor

Connect With Us

To facilitate learning and engage in discussion about justice, we host special guest speakers on campus. We also feature professors’ research and publications, students’ activism and accomplishments and news from the community. Read our news and follow us.