• Social Justice Major


    Major Requirements

    A student majoring in social justice must take twelve (12) courses using the guidelines below, and with the approval of the director of the program. An internship or work experience in the field is highly recommended. Students must take the two (2) required courses, meet the breadth requirement, and meet the concentration requirement to graduate with the social justice major.

    Required Courses

    Breadth Courses

    Students must elect at least one (1) course from each of the following five areas. A minimum of two (2) of these courses must be at the 3000 level or above. Courses that fulfill this requirement are designated by departments in the relevant areas:

    1. One course in politics or legal studies from the following:

    2. One course in social, cultural, economic, or psychological analysis of social justice issues:

    3. One course in history with a social justice focus:

    (See advisor for approval of history topics courses.) Recent offerings include:

    • Topic: Disease & Society in International Perspective Topic: International Human Rights Law Topic: History of Slavery and Emancipation

    4. One course that offers a broad perspective on moral, ethical, or values concerns:

    These concerns shape the quest for social justice from philosophy, religion, or selected literature and other courses:

    • Other relevant courses may also be available with permission from the program director/advisor.

    5. One practical skills course:

    One course that provides students with practical skills to permit them to be effective in advancing social justice concerns, e.g., communication theory, legal research, advocacy, writing courses, financial and human resource expertise, internship experience, from the following:

    Concentration Options

    Students must elect an area for concentrated study, consisting of at least five (5) courses. A minimum of four (4) of these courses must be at the 3000 level or above. This selected concentration area may be:

    1. A concentration in an existing discipline or interdisciplinary program, such as philosophy, religion, political science, law, economics, women’s studies, etc.
    2. A concentration focusing on a particular geographical area, such as Latin America, the United States, Asia, Africa, etc. In some cases, the global studies major will be a better alternative for students interested in area studies or human rights.
    3. A concentration designed in cooperation with the faculty advisor that focuses on a student's particular area of interest, which may include elements drawn from existing departments and programs, but may also include coursework that is not offered by those departments or programs. An internship, if done for academic credit, may also be included.