2023-2024 Catalog 
    Dec 01, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Social Justice Major

Professors Biser, Butcher, Chisebe, Colvin, Comorau, Dean, Durst, Edwards, Franklin, Gitter, Hildebrand, Kang, Kim, Mack, Nestor, Rahman, Schrock, Stone-Mediatore, and Terzian

The social justice major aims to cultivate in students the knowledge and skills needed to analyze social injustices and work toward positive social change. Through this interdisciplinary major, students will develop the knowledge and skills to reflect critically on the meaning of social justice at both the local and global levels, examine the dynamics of societal conflicts and struggles for social justice within and among various groups and institutions, and apply interdisciplinary perspecitive at multiple levels of analysis. Students will be required to supplement their classwork with a more experientially-oriented activist project, and will be encouraged to further participate in a travel-learning course, theory-to-practice grant, and other service learning projects. These practical components of the major will provide opportunities for students to develop career-related skills, such as community organizing, working with and mediating diverse social groups, presenting ideas in professional forums, and managing real-world projects.

Major Requirements

Required Courses (12 courses):

If double-majoring in SJ and SOAN, then students can have no more than 3 courses overlapping with SJ and SOAN.

Minor Requirements

Required courses (3 courses):


Knowledge of a foreign language and training in statistics are strongly recommended for all majors. Mastery of these skills is especially important for students who are planning on graduate study or government service.

Independent study and apprenticeships are vital parts of the major. Every effort is made to tailor programs to individual student needs and to maintain flexibility within a framework of rigorous scholarship. All apprenticeships are graded credit/no entry. No other course counting for credit in the major may be taken credit/no entry.