The minor in Social Justice (SOJ) is designed for students with a passion to make a difference in their worlds. The interdisciplinary curriculum uses an intersectional lens to explore the causes and consequences of historical and contemporary systems of injustice, while centering theoretical and policy debates about systemic power, structural inequality, and social and global justice in historical and contemporary contexts. Specific topics within the minor may include criminal justice reform and transformative justice; conditions for economic access and opportunity; the processes of social and cultural production and reproduction; the politics of urban violence and policing; and diverse human experiences of exploitation, intersecting histories of domination and oppression, and resistance. Students will also learn to engage with feminist, anti-racist, and political economy debates about racial capitalism within the global North and South.
The SOJ minor introduces students to, and develops their understanding of, social justice as a field of both research and praxis. The minor is designed to strengthen the skills necessary for students to be effective advocates for social justice at interpersonal, structural, and institutional levels. This pursuit of academic knowledge and experiential “know-how” prepares students for various careers, such as those in government agencies; colleges and universities; consulting firms; research institutes; corporations; domestic and international nongovernmental organizations; and international development organizations. Students will be able to enter the workforce with an understanding of structural inequalities and means through which to reduce and/or eliminate them.
Content-Focused Learning Objectives:
Students will identify, discuss, and evaluate theoretical understandings of justice focused on critical understandings of systemic power and structural inequality;
Students will identify, define, and critique patterns of historical and contemporary structural inequality and marginalization;
Students will describe, analyze, and assess historical and contemporary social justice responses and resistance to structural inequality and marginalization.
Skills-Focused Learning Objectives:
Students will effectively practice skills necessary for creating more socially just communities by honing skills including empathy, communication, cross-cultural communication and sensitivity, anti-racist practice, and civic engagement;
Students will demonstrate analytical and practical skills necessary for creating social change at the institutional and systemic levels;
Students will demonstrate a reflexive awareness of their positionalities and self-awareness with regard to their own social identities and their relationships to power, privilege, oppression, trauma, and healing.
Requirements for the minor: 18 credits.
2 required courses: (6 crs.)
4 Social Justice Related Courses: (12 crs.)
Select four courses from the SOJ Elective Courses in at least two different areas.
Learn to evaluate theoretical understandings of justice focused on critical understandings of systemic power and structural inequality.
Learn to recognize patterns of historical and contemporary structural inequality and marginalization; and historical and contemporary social justice resistance movements.
- CRM 350 - Topics in Criminology Credits: 3
(CRM 350 approved topics: Prison and Police Abolition, Policing the City in the Global South, The Politics of Urban Childhoods in Comparative Context).
- CRM 317 - Gender and Crime Credits: 3
- CRM 365 - Race and Punishment Credits: 3
- ENG 383 - Studies in African-American Literature and Culture Credits: 3
- GEO 302 - Gender, Work, and Space Credits: 3
- HTY 335 - Genocide in Our Time Credits: 3
- HTY 394 - Selected Topics in History Credits: 3
(HTY 394 approved topic: Struggles of Liberation: Tracing Black-Palestinian Solidarity)
- LOS 439 - Women’s Ways of Leading: Building Partnerships, Creating Change Credits: 3
- PHI 220 - Philosophy of Art and Visual Culture Credits: 3
- SBS 300 - Deviance and Social Control Credits: 3
- SBS 304 - Food and Culture Credits: 3
- SBS 339 - Immigration, Ethnicity, and Identity Credits: 3
- SBS 341 - The Family Credits: 3
- SOC 316 - Sociology of Gender Credits: 3
- SOC 330 - Sociology of the Family Credits: 3
- SOC 365 - Sociology of the Body Credits: 3
- SOC 379 - Sociology of Indigenous Peoples Credits: 3
- SWO 383 - Social Work with Immigrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers Credits: 3
- WGS 201 - Rethinking Gender & Culture Credits: 3
- WGS 265 - Topics in Gender and Institutions I Credits: 3
(WGS 265 approved topic: Race, Gender, and Criminal Justice)
- WGS 380 - The Politics of Difference Credits: 3
(other course options with appropriate approval will be available.)
Develop competency in analytic methods, practical and interpersonal skills of enhancing social justice and creating social change.