Social Justice Minor

The Social Justice Minor is an interdisciplinary program that critically explores issues and social movements focused on equality, fairness, and inclusion. The Minor in Social Justice seeks to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge to achieve this critical understanding of justice, equality, and marginality, both in the United States and in the world at large.

Students who minor in Social Justice will learn new strategies to work toward social change, engage with the work of social movements, and look at the linkages between local movements and global ones. Students gain valuable experience working with community-based organizations, and they will have opportunities to combine these experiences with the skills and strategies they learn. Students will develop an appreciation for applying a social justice lens to any professional field, and be poised to use their knowledge to build future careers in community organizing and in non-profit organizations.

Students pursuing the Minor in Social Justice will be required to take a total of 16 credit hours (3 required courses and 6 credit hours of electives). Required courses are listed below. Students may contact Natalie Bennett or Allison James for a current list of eligible elective courses.

  1. SJ 101 Introduction to Social Justice: Stories and Struggles (3 hours). Introduction to the study of social justice through personal narrative, memoir, and biographies of individuals engaged in social and political change. The course emphasizes linkages between individual and broader social and political struggles. Recommended background: at least one year of college-level study.
  2. SJ 201 Theories and Practices of Social Justice (3 hours). Critical exploration of major theories of social justice, histories of major social justice movements, and theories and analyses of injustice that ignited these movements. Recommended background: SJ 101 or at least one year of college-level study.
  3. SJ 301 Social Justice Capstone Experience (4 hours). Interdisciplinary exploration of community engagement through a combination of academic course work and service learning activity that examines dynamics of social justice work and organizing practices. Students must have at least four weeks of prior field study participation or have taken SJ 101 and SJ 201. Recommended background: at least two years of college-level study.


Electives (6 credit hours):

  1. Two (2) elective courses of 3 credits/hours each, OR
  2. Three (3) elective courses of 2 credits/hours each