What Can You Do With a Degree in Social Justice Studies?

Social Justice Studies will help prepare students for careers and lives as global and local citizens committed to strategic, accountable, and reflexive engagement in social justice work. Students graduating from this program will encounter opportunities in public, private, non-profit and community-based sectors of employment, including activism, community organizing, public policy analysis, conflict resolution, human relations, international NGOs, political campaigns, environmental advocacy, alternative media, religious organizations, international agencies, and domestic non-profit and social services.

Students who choose this major have an abundance of local and regional opportunities to utilize their academic training. From direct service to community organizing to legal support to advocacy, the region offers numerous opportunities:

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth: http://www.kftc.org

Kentucky Refugee Ministries: https://kyrm.org/

Department of Public Advocacy: http://dpa.ky.gov/Pages/default.aspx

Bluegrass Greensource: http://www.bggreensource.org

The Plantory: http://www.plantory.org/about-2/

Seedleaf: http://www.seedleaf.org/


Students can also check out websites oriented toward careers in non-profits and social justice work more broadly, such as:

The Kentucky Nonprofit Network: https://www.kynonprofits.org/

Idealist: http://www.idealist.org/


Students interested in continuing on with their education have many opportunities for graduate and professional training in the region:

University of Cincinnati Law School and its Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice: https://www.law.uc.edu/rgsjand https://www.law.uc.edu/institutes-centers/rgsj/fellows

University of Tennessee’s Sociology Department and its Center for the Study of Social Justice: http://sociology.utk.edu/and https://cssj.utk.edu/

Eastern Kentucky University’s School of Justice Studies and its Masters Program in Criminology and Criminal Justice: http://cjmasters.eku.edu/

University of Kentucky’s College of Agriculture: https://www.ca.uky.edu/deptunits

University of Kentucky College of Social Work: https://socialwork.uky.edu/

University of Kentucky’s MA and PhD programs in Geography (https://geography.as.uky.edu/geography-research-clusters), Sociology (https://soc.as.uky.edu/), Political Science (https://polisci.as.uky.edu/)


Current job opportunities!

Social Justice Educator, University of Kentucky

Eastern Kentucky Community Organizer, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth

Rural Organizer, Showing Up for Racial Justice:

EKU Program Specialist & Green Dot Coordinator

Elizabethtown, KY/ Part Time Family Advocate

Covington, KY/ Counselor Advocate (Women's Crisis Center)

CASA Program Director

Crisis intervention Advocate – Trainer (Crisis Response)

Family Advocate – immigrant (Emergency Shelter)