• 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.

  • Social Justice Program Turns 20

    Social Justice is now 20 years old

  • Social Justice Major

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  • 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.

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    Learning Outcomes

    The purpose of learning outcomes at Hamline University is to ensure that our mission and values are realized in what our graduating students know, value, and can do. View all learning outcomes for Social Justice.

  • 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


    Conner Suddick, a Hamline University student from Suamico, Wisconsin, is one of 59 students from across the country to be named a 2018 Truman Scholar. The prestigious award was announced today by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation.

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    The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has chosen Hamline University as one of the nation’s first Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center sites. Hamline was the only Minnesota institution chosen for the honor. The grant will engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to advance justice and build equitable communities.


    After terrorist attacks in Paris and other parts of the world, Hamline professors organized a multi-disciplinary panel to examine these apparently senseless acts of violence.

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    Professor of Practice Jim Scheibel recently received the President’s Achievement Award from AmeriCorps VISTA.