• Social Justice at Hamline

    Social Justice at Hamline University empowers students to become informed, active, and dynamic problem solvers. Our students will gain the knowledge to analyze current social ills and the practical skills to combat them, while developing skills related to political and legal systems. They will also will examine a variety of topics in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of conceptions of social justice and social justice movements.

  • Program Details

    The Social Justice major is an interdisciplinary field of study. Students majoring in social justice must take an introductory and capstone course, specific to the program. These two courses inform students of historical social justice movements, current issues in social justice, and philosophical conceptions of "justice." Additionally, students must take five of the courses listed under the program's breadth of study requirements. These courses are designed to expose students to a variety of academic disciplines and practical skills that pertain to social justice. Finally, students must also complete five courses in keeping with a chosen "area of concentration."

    The student's area of concentration is the cornerstone of the major. The area of concentration equips students to effectively engage pressing issues and enact social change. Past areas of concentration include: Environmental Quality and Economic Development; Women, Families and Law; Disability and Governmental Policy; American Labor; Native American Studies; Latin American Studies; Gender and Justice; Justice and the Arts; k-12 Education; Race and Racism; International Human Rights. Any concentration, as long as it relates to injustice on a society scale and is approved by the program director, is valid. The program prepares students for work in a wide variety of settings. Students who have majored in social justice have pursued careers in legislative advocacy, politics, education, community organization, law enforcement and law.

  • Meet a Social Justice student that is making changes

    Video Spotlight

    Maria Ortiz '09 tells her story of becoming inspired to serve, advocate, and build strong communities.

  • Hamline's Wesley Center

    Wesley Center

    The Wesley Center connects pursuit of the common good with growth of the whole person through compassionate action and courageous reflection.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Interested in social justice?  Learn more about Hamline's program, the work graduates do, and more.

  • News

    Making Waves Performance Workshop was featured at the 2017 Minnesota Thespian Conference.

    Valerie Chepp, professor of sociology and social justice, recently published an article titled Activating Politics with Poetry and Spoken Word. You can read the article in the fall 2016 edition of Contexts.

    Adjunct faculty member Silas Morgan was one of the Christian theologians asked to give their opinion about Senator Jeff Sessions confirmation hearing for Sojourners Magazine. The publication sits at the intersection of faith, politics, and culture.