Social justice emphasizes equity and fairness in all aspects of human experience. The Social Justice minor allows students to explore injustices such as cultural imperialism, exploitation, human rights abuses, marginalization, and structural and physical violence using a variety of disciplinary perspectives and tools. Further, the Social Justice minor encourages students to recognize and work to ameliorate injustice in its myriad forms through a combination of classroom, research, and practical experiences in local and global communities.
Requirements for the Social Justice Minor
Eighteen (18) credits, including American Studies (AMST 201); four electives, three of which must be upper-level, drawn from at least three disciplines; Sociology (SOCG) 475 or an approved three-credit internship or an approved three-credit course within a study abroad program.
Courses for the Social Justice Minor
AMST 201- Introduction to American Studies (3)
Introduction to the method and theory of American Studies, its practice and a survey of key texts.
SOCG 475 – Public Sociology (3)
Prerequisite: SOCG 105. Students will be trained on participatory action research methods. Action research is community-based and operates on a collaborative model of social research that simultaneously engages academic practices and democratic social change. Data used may include interviews, focus groups, participant observation, documents, records, reports, and surveys.
ANTH 211 – Anthropology of Race
ANTH 212 – Anthropology of Gender
GEOG 101 – World Regional Geography
PHIL 210 – Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 220 – Introduction to Feminism
WGST 101 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies
ECON 324 – Economics of Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector
ECON 351 – Poverty, Influence, and Equality
ENGL 328 – New World Writing in the Colonial Period
ENGL 329 – Literature of Nation-Building in the Americas or ENGL 330 – Hemispheric Fiction
ENGL 352 – African-American Literature Pre-1900 or ENGL 354 – African-American Literature Post-1900
ENGL 360 – Literature of Resistance
ENGL 378 – Science Fiction Literature
GEOG 331 – Race and Place in America
GEOG 332 – Migration Politics in a Globalizing World
GEOG 339 – Geography and Development
HIST 308 – U.S. Labor History
HIST 315 – U.S. Immigration History
HIST 385 – The Arab-Israeli Conflict