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The faculty and staff of Justice and Social Inquiry are pleased to offer a variety of opportunities for our Honors students. These activities include internships locally, nationally, and abroad; research apprenticeships with faculty; honors credit in courses and the possibility to complete honors contracts; scholarships; and undergraduate certificate programs in Human Rights, Socio-Legal Studies and Economic Justice.
Any Barrett student who is considering majoring or minoring in Justice Studies should contact the lead FHA.
Honors thesis in Justice and Social Inquiry can take a variety of forms, including qualitative and quantitative research and creative projects. Following Barrett guidelines, we require a two-person thesis committee (the director must be a continuing faculty member at ASU with a terminal degree; the second member can be anyone with sufficient expertise in the thesis topic).
JUS 484: Internship
JUS 492: Honors Directed Study
JUS 493: Honors Thesis
JUS 497: Honors Colloquium
First Year: Contact the Justice Studies Faculty Honors Advisor (FHA) if you need assistance in finding faculty who share your research interests. Justice and Social Inquiry offers five specialty areas of
study (citizen, migration and human rights; globalization, sustainability and economic justice; law, policy and social change; media, technology and culture; and, social Identities and communities).
Second Year: Review past undergraduate theses for insights into the types of research topics and data collection strategies typical for Justice Studies students. Completed theses are available at the
Honors College for your review. Schedule a meeting with appropriate faculty members to discuss your thesis ideas. The FHA can assist you in this process by making the necessary introductions.
Third Year: In the fall, complete a thesis/creative project information session, select a faculty mentor for Directed Study (JUS 492) and set up a meeting to establish a schedule/timeline for your project. In the spring, meet with your thesis director regularly to write a prospectus outlining your planned research and begin your research in JUS 492.
Fourth Year: Write up your research findings and prepare for your final presentation and thesis defense. Typically, the thesis will include a literature review, research questions/hypothesis, theoretical framework, data and methods, findings, discussion, and conclusions.