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Social Justice and Advocacy Career Pathways

Support local, national and global communities in a career promoting civic engagement and lasting social change.

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Most Politically Active Students

Career Options

With a degree in social justice or advocacy, you’ll open doors in fields ranging from criminology to social work, policymaking to education and beyond.

  • Child Welfare Caseworker
  • Community Organizer
  • Consumer Safety Officer
  • Conservationist
  • Criminologist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Sexual Health Coordinator
  • Social Worker
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Veterans Support Specialist
  • Victim Advocate
  • Youth Counselor

Discover Social Justice and Advocacy Majors and Minors

Pursue your interests with a customizable program that sets you up for success.

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Coursework Highlights

Find courses that give you the knowledge and skills to stand out from the pack.

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs in Social Work Practice
  • Criminal Justice
  • Lust, Love and Relationships
  • Persons in Social Context
  • Research Methods in African American Society
  • Seminar in Social Change
  • Sociology of Race
  • Violence, Bullying and Trauma: Clinical Perspectives
  • Work and Family in the 21st Century
Jazmine Richardson ’22 looking at project.

We share this understanding that what we’re doing is not just about us and for us. It’s about our ancestors who died because they weren’t able to see this moment right here, and it’s for the future generations who will hopefully benefit from what we’re trying to do.

Jazmine Richardson ’22, African American studies and biotechnology major

Clubs and Organizations

Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Make connections to build your resume and your network.

  • Amnesty International at Syracuse University
  • Criminal Justice Society
  • Edward Said Society
  • New York Public Interest Research Group
  • Pride Union
  • Save the Children at Syracuse University
  • UpSkill Education at Syracuse University



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