Catalog 2018-2019

Social Justice

Teaching Faculty

Faculty contacts: Barth, Jackson, and Goldberg


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 course credit that is completed after the second year.  This field-based internship placement should match students' vocational interests in social justice. 
  • 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 Dr. Dionne Jackson to receive advising regarding non-traditional licensure options.


Social Justice Courses

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 Film and American History
ENGL 248 The Holocaust in Literature, Theory and Film
ENGL 348 Literature after Auschwitz
HIST 110 North America to 1865 
HIST 214 Poverty and Welfare in America
HIST 230 Native North America 
HIST 215 20 th C. Civil Rights Movements
PHIL 201 Ethics in the Face of Poverty
PHIL 267 Introduction to Gender Studies
PHIL 315 Ethics of Friend, Kin, and Community  
PHLI 330 Ethical Theory 
PHIL 360 Social and Political Philosophy  
POLI 100 Issues in Politics - Education
POLI 100 Issues in Politics - Rights  
POLI 276 Ethics and Politics of Developmen t
POLI 321 American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Liberties
POLI 326 International Human Rights
POLI 349 Normative Political Economy
POLI 380 Gender, Sexuality & American Politics
POLI 390 Race and American Politic s
PSYC 255 Stereotyping and Prejudice
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 Critical Issues in Education
SJSA 300 Methods in Teaching
SOCI 205 Gender and Sexuality
SOCI 270 Race and Ethnicity
SOCI 325 Race and Mixed Race
SOCI 360 Social Change/Social Movements
SOCI/ANTH 390 Social Inequality and Identity


Pre-Professional Programs

Available pre-professional programs exist for students interested in careers in dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, ministry, pharmacy, public health, social work, teaching, and veterinary medicine. The Guide to Academic Planning  includes information on each of these programs.



Students interested in teaching should complete the social justice minor, including the recommended education core courses. Contact Dr. Dionne Jackson 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:

Social Justice courses

SJSA 200

Social Justice and Education

This course explores how social inequities impact education, and how schooing affects social inequities. Emphasis is placed on recent issues in education. The course will allow 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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