May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Justice Minor


The Social Justice minor (18 credits) offers an interdisciplinary learning experience for students with a passion to make a difference in their communities. Students use an intersectional lens to understand theoretical conceptualizations of social justice, explore the causes and consequences of historical and contemporary systems of injustice, and develop skills for praxis at the interpersonal, community, institutional, and structural levels. Students develop a reflexive awareness of their identities and relationships to power, privilege, oppression, trauma, and healing. Completion of the Social Justice minor prepares students to address social and structural inequalities in the career fields of education, social services, research, consulting, and law.

The Social Justice minor consists of two required courses, SOJ 101: Social Justice / Social Change  and SOJ 401: Social Justice Capstone , as well as 12 elective credits in other disciplines across the University. At least 3 elective credits must be completed within each of the three areas: Theoretical Foundations of Social Justice (Area 1), Patterns of Injustice and Resistance (Area 2), and Analytic Methods and Practical Skills (Area 3).

Area 1: Theoretical Foundations of Social Justice

Courses in this area prepare students to identify, discuss, and evaluate the theoretical foundations of social justice, with an emphasis on critical understandings of systemic power and structural inequality.

Area 2: Patterns of Injustice and Resistance

Courses in this area prepare students to identify and critique patterns of both historical and contemporary marginalization and structural inequality, as well as activism and resistance in response to these forces.

Area 3: Analytic Methods and Practical Skills

Courses in this area prepare students to engage the analytical, practical, and interpersonal skills necessary for creating social change and promoting social justice at several levels. Courses in this area are at the 200-level or above.

a graphic showing the progression of the Minor. Students will starting with SOJ 101, following by the Area 1 and Area 2 elective(s). These will be the content-focused learning. Students will then round out with the Area 3 elective(s) and the Capstone course for their skills-focused learning.

 

Requirements for the minor: 18 credits.


2 required courses: (6 crs.)


4 Social Justice Related Courses: (12 crs.)


Select 12 elective credit hours from the SOJ Elective Courses, with 3 credits in at least one of each of the three areas.

Electives:


Area I:


Learn to evaluate theoretical understandings of justice focused on critical understandings of systemic power and structural inequality.

Area II:


Learn to recognize patterns of historical and contemporary structural inequality and marginalization; and historical and contemporary social justice resistance movements.

Area III:


Develop competency in analytic methods, practical and interpersonal skills of enhancing social justice and creating social change.