Community and Social Justice Studies

Jumpstart your career with programs in community and social justice studies

The Department of Community and Social Justice Studies offers a wide range of majors to help students develop critical perspectives and marketable skills to be advocates for communities and work in the public, private, non-governmental, and not-for-profit sectors, or to pursue graduate study. Here are some key national statistics for careers in these areas from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and PayScale.

Starting Salary

Average Starting Salaries in Community and Social Justice-Related Fields (NACE)

Noteworthy Community and Social Justice Studies Jobs and Mid-Career Salaries (PayScale)

Social Services Program Director $99,600 Fundraiser $71,450 Community Development Manager $117,946 Social and Community Service Manager $95,650 Higher Education Administrator $60,228 School & Career Counselor $74,670
Six months out of graduation

Alumni in humanities and social sciences employed or in graduate school within 6 months after graduation

Get Prepared to Succeed

Our five major programs—Africana World Studies, Anthropology, Community Development and Social Justice, Leadership and Professional Studie, and Women’s and Gender Studies—include hands-on learning activities and field experiences. Students have the opportunity to work with faculty on ongoing research and advocacy projects. They also develop skills through the Department’s collaborative partnerships with local organizations and communities in northern New Jersey.

What You'll Learn

In our community and social justice studies programs, students learn in-demand skills that employers have identified as critical for job candidates, including:

  • Social justice competency
  • Community-based research
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Understanding of community development needs and programs
  • Understanding of public policy issues with a social justice perspective

Key Skills for Careers
in Community and
Social Justice Fields

as indicated by Employers
and Alumni on LinkedIn

Analytical Skills

Community Advocacy

Community Development

Digital Fluency

Proposal Writing

Public Speaking


Verbal & Written Communication

*LinkedIn Workplace
Learning Report 2021