Social and environmental justice is a way of thinking—a world view, a set of beliefs—about issues of equity as they relate to the design of the built environment. It is an approach to socio-spatial analysis and design that is inclusive of and responsive to issues of marginalization, stigma, dignity, and discrimination.

Our multidisciplinary, 12-credit certificate will prepare you to address the impacts of design decisions on stakeholder communities, particularly those often excluded from participation in the design process.

We define justice as a genuine respect for people, and our understanding of social and environmental justice, in the design context, denotes a deep-seated concern for both the positive and the negative that design solutions can bring to diverse populations, many of whom have been historically poorly-served by design.

What You’ll Study

Through interdisciplinary, immersive projects and research, our curriculum engages you in leading theories and challenges existing modes of practice and design. You’ll learn in studios and labs with the latest technology.

Core Requirement

  • ARCH 509 Readings in Social and Environmental Justice (1 credit)
  • ARCH 510 Field Study Social and Environmental Justice (1 credit)
  • ARCH 511 Documentation in Social and Environmental Justice (1 credit)

3 credit hours minimum from:

  • ARCH 507 Fourth World Theory (3 credits)
  • ARCH 508 Architects of Hope (3 credits)
  • ARCH 641 Citizenship, World Views, and Public Sphere (3 credits)

6 credits maximum from:

Approved courses per the graduate program director.

Ready to Apply?

Applying to our graduate certificate in social and environmental justice program is a two-part process. You’ll need to apply to Ball State’s Graduate School as well as the program itself.

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