Strengthen your capacity to effect social change.
If you’re passionate about addressing urgent social problems, our Global and Social Justice Studies concentration can help you achieve the necessary competencies. This concentration highlights the important role social movements have played throughout history in creating a more peaceful global society. Movements that have empowered youth, workers, indigenous communities, religious leaders, women, artists, cultural workers, and committed individuals of every color have effectively shaped the world that we live in. But these progressive movements were only started because of courageous leaders who were committed to a cause and showed immense bravery by challenging the status quo. Will you be next?
This degree is offered by AU Seattle.
Through coursework and community-based learning opportunities, students will gain various political, theoretical, and organizational skills necessary to foster the conditions for empowerment and transformation within themselves as well as with their respective communities.
A Global and Social Justice Studies concentration requires a minimum of 45 credits. Students take at least one class in each of the six areas of learning listed below. Electives, at least 2 credits of internship/field-based learning and a senior synthesis project round out the concentration.
1. Leadership, Social Movements, and Global Change
Interdisciplinary courses meeting this requirement explore the: a) history of social movements in democratic (and non-democratic) societies and/or (b) theories, practices, and case studies of leadership for systemic change from a global perspective. Courses help students understand the contemporary and historical role of social movement-building process in nurturing democracy and positive change in the United States and abroad. Courses in this area strongly recommend participation with a community-based organization or project-based learning, enabling students to explore the dynamic relationship between reflection and practice – theory and action. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Nonviolence, Social Movements, and Democracy
- Case Studies in Global Leadership
- Community Organizing in Action
- International Activism
- Leadership and Conflict Resolution
- Expeditionary Leadership: Lessons in Group Facilitation
- Far-From-Equilibrium: Systems Perspectives on Change
2. Political Economy and Globalization
Courses that fulfill this requirement explore the power relations that constitute the production, distribution, and consumption of resources within capitalist society. Students examine capitalism as a global system and develop a transformative analytic to understand matters of wealth, exploitation, impoverishment, social class, inequality as well as the contested themes of development and globalization. Along with developing critical analysis, courses that fulfill this requirement will highlight how diverse communities understand and enact social change that confront the logic and structure of capitalism. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Political Economy and Globalization
- Globalization, Development, and Grassroots Movements: Issues in the Global South
- Wealth and Poverty in America
3. Theorizing Culture and Difference
Courses that fulfill this requirement analyze culture and difference as reflections of a people’s collective history as well as their respective aspirations for the future within hierarchal structures of inequality and oppression. Courses sharpen theoretical and practical understanding of unjust power relations in areas such as race, gender, class, and/or sexuality. It is recommended that students enroll or have already completed Diversity, Power, and Privilege (DPP) before completing this particular concentration requirement. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Postcolonialism, Diasporas, and Narratives of Resistance
- Sports, Popular Culture, and Social Change
- Critical Theories of Race
- The African-American Experience
- Literature of Displacement
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
- Border Crossings: A Multicultural Journey through Film
- Literary Representations of American Slavery
- Upper division Ethnic Studies Courses
4. Community Engagement and/or Social Justice Methodologies
Classes in this area explore important aspects of working with community groups relevant to social justice work. Courses that fulfill this area will focus upon themes of community dialogue and empowerment in the processes of facilitating organizational and systemic change. Along with developing conceptual skills necessary to support/facilitate projects in diverse communities, students will also develop practical skills in public speaking, conflict resolution, meeting facilitation, cross-cultural communication, and group development. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Social Science Research Methods: Participatory Action Research
- Narrating Change: Stories for Collective Action
- Facilitating Democratic Participation
- The Power of Engaging: Listening. Collaborating, Facilitating
- Intercultural Communications and Conflict Resolution
- Social Justice in Seattle
5. Education for Transformation
Classes that fulfill this requirement explore the production of knowledge in formal settings (e.g. schools) and informal settings (families, popular education, and culture). Students will gain deeper insight to alternative ways of knowing that diverse community groups are employing to educate and intervene in urgent global problems. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Adult Education
- Critical Pedagogy
- Critical Media Studies
- Pedagogy, Power, and Control
6. Global and Social Issues
A course that fulfills this area allows students (in consultation with their academic advisor) to focus on a specific global or social justice issue. Courses that fulfill this subject area include:
- Environmental Justice
- Women’s Health: Global Perspectives
- The Palestine-Israel Conflict
- Literature of Displacement
- Children and Social Policy
Sample Antioch Electives:
- Nutrition and the Politics of Food
- Homelessness: The Deepening Scandal
- Law and Social Change
- American Family in Literature and Film
Sample Transfer Electives:
- Survey of Anthropology
- Introduction to World Music
- History of the Art of Asia
- Urbanization in Developing Nations
Sample Community/Field-Based Learning Experiences:
- Antioch Education Abroad
- Amnesty International
- Women’s Education Project
- Washington Fair Trade Coalition
- Social Justice Fund
- King County juvenile justice program
- Field based learning with a labor union or community-based organization
- Field based learning to organize/support an international human rights day event
Sample Synthesis Projects:
- Design and facilitate an educational curriculum related to social / global justice issue
- Design a community-based research project with a local organization
- Interview and document the “counter-narratives” of community activists
- Organize an International Human Rights Day event / symposium.
- Write grant proposal related to social / global justice issue
- Write a thesis paper developed in consultation with your faculty advisor
For detailed curriculum, degree requirements, and course descriptions, please visit the AUS catalog
The goal of the Global and Social Justice Studies concentration is to prepare students to work within global and social justice organizations, including:
- Community-based organizations
Admissions / Cost / Aid
How to Apply:
Antioch University Seattle offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies through a degree completion program. All applicants to the BA program must have completed at least 36 quarter or 24 semester units to be eligible for admission. A combined minimum of one full-time year of college credit is required; however, AUS will transfer up to the equivalent of three full-time years (80 semester units/135 quarter units if at least 15 credits are upper division).
- Complete the online admissions application.
- Submit official transcripts from ALL colleges/universities you have attended to the Admissions Office. Transcript evaluations are required for all coursework completed outside of the U.S. or Canada (except Quebec). See Transcript Evaluation section on International Students webpage for details.
- Submit a short essay (two-three pages; approximately 500 words) that addresses why you would like to finish your bachelor’s degree at Antioch University Seattle.
- International Students have additional admission requirements. See International Students page for details.
|Quarter||Application Deadline*||Classes begin|
|Summer 2021||June 15, 2021||July 6, 2021|
|Fall 2021||September 15, 2021||October 4, 2021|
|Winter 2022||December 15, 2021||January 3, 2022|
|Spring 2022||March 15, 2022||April 4, 2022|
|Summer 2022||June 15, 2022||July 5, 2022|
|Fall 2022||September 15, 2022||October 3, 2022|
|*Complete applications received after the Deadline date may be considered if space is still available in that quarter or will be reviewed for the next available term.|
Applicants coming to AUS fulfill the minimum transfer requirement with:
- College courses taken at a U.S. college or university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass)
- College Board Advanced Placement exams (a score of 3 or higher)
- CLEP credit (a score of 50)
- International coursework (university, college, upper-secondary/gymnasium) that is assessed to be equivalent to college credit earned at a regionally accredited U.S. college/university (with a final grade of ‘C’ or better, or pass if taken as pass/no pass) by an external transcript evaluation agency.
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|Per quarter unit||$550|
Full-time students typically enroll in 12 credits per quarter. Our students typically earn 10-25 credits for life experience/prior learning, up to a maximum of 45 and transfer in between 45-120 credits. It takes 180 credits total to graduate.
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