Catalog 2023-2024

Social Justice

Teaching Faculty

Faculty contacts: Goldberg and Shanks
Interdisciplinary Minors Program Chair: Schwartzkopf 



The Social Justice minor works to develop students' capacities to be change agents for a wide range of social justice-related vocations, such as teaching, policy, counseling, advocacy, and nonprofit work. Through this minor, students examine issues of diversity, equity, and representation. Students also engage in inquiry regarding social justice issues and examine the complex relationships that exist among social justice and broader cultural, economic, educational, social, and political structures, policies, and practices.


Minor in Social Justice

6 courses distributed as follows:

  • One course must be an internship approved for academic course credit that is completed after the second year.  This field-based internship should match students' vocational interests in social justice and receive approval from the program chair. In addition, this experience must be registered as an official internship with the Office of Career Services .
  • 5 courses from the course listings below with
    • A maximum of 3 courses from a given discipline
    • No more than 1 course can be used for the major
    • Students interested in education should complete at least two education core courses (ANTH 310 Anthropology and Education, SJSA 200 Critical Issues in Education, SJSA 300 Methods in Teaching, or POLI 100 Issues in Politics-Education ).  Students interested in teaching should contact Rynnett Clark in Career Services.


Social Justice Courses


ANTH 230 Cultures of the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

ANTH 240 Applying Anthropology

ANTH 280 Anthropology of Gender

ANTH 310 Anthropology and Education

ANTH 311 Indigenous Politics in the Americas

ANTH 360 Globalization and Transnationalism

ENGC 307 The Writer as Witness

ENGF 360 Contemporary Documentary Media

ENGF 390 Topics in Film Studies

ENGL 248 The Holocaust in Literature, Theory and Film

ENGL 348 Literature of Auschwitz

HIST 110 North America to 1865

HIST 201 Doing History

HIST 214 Poverty and Welfare in America

HIST 215 20th C. Civil Rights Movements

HIST 230 Native North America

HIST 250 South Africa: Race, State, Nation

HIST 251 Violence and Memory in Central Africa

HIST 281 Aid and Development in Africa
HIST 323 Race, History, Hendrix
PHIL 225 Ethics and Medicine 

PHIL 216 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 330 Ethical Theory
PHIL 360 Social and Political Philosophy

One of the following:

       POLI 100 Issues in Politics-Rights

       POLI 100 Issues in Politics-Civil Society

POLI 223 Topics in Public Policy

POLI 290 Inside-Out

POLI 321 American Constitutional Law: Fed System

POLI 322 American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights

POLI 326 International Human Rights

POLI 349 Normative Political Economy

PSYC 255 Stereotyping and Prejudice

PSYC 285 Cross Cultural Psychology

PSYC 367 Psychology and Law

PSYC 400 Psychology of Gender

RELI 235 Leadership in a Multi-Faith World

RELI 317 Religion and Politics

RELI 327 Race, Gender, Empire and the Bible

RELI 330 Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

RELI 331 Revelation and Resistance

SJSA 200 Social Justice and Education

SJSA 300 Inclusive Teaching

SOCI 205 Gender and Sexuality

SOCI 250 Sociology of the Family

SOCI 270 Race and Ethnicity

SOCI 325 Race and Mixed Race

SOCI/ANTH 342 Food, Culture, and Nature

SOCI 360 Social Change/Social Movements

SOCI/ANTH 390 Social Inequality and Identity

TART 365 Social Justice in Theatre





Pre-Professional Programs


Students interested in teaching should complete the social justice minor, including the recommended education core courses. Contact Rynnett Clark in Career Services to receive advising regarding non-traditional licensure options, including residency, master's degree, alternative licensure, and accelerated programs.


Program Course Listings

The courses for this program are organized into the following categories:

General Topics Courses

SJSA 200

Social Justice and Education

This course explores how social inequities impact education, and how schooling affects social inequities. Emphasis is placed on recent issues in education. The course allows participants to consider what individuals and communities can do to ensure that all students have equitable educational opportunities.

Social and Behavioral Analysis SB
SJSA 300

Inclusive Teaching

This course combines a field-based experience in a local, public school with course discussions and activities designed to promote the development of the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach. Emphasis will be placed on pedagogy that promotes inclusivity and equity.

Social and Behavioral Analysis SB
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