Social Justice Minor

The minor consists of five credits: a core course and four electives. At least one of the five courses must be a community-based research/service-learning course (see footnote1).

Core Courses

The core courses are intended to provide students with the ability to assess contrasting views of what constitutes social justice and include both self-reflection and critical thinking. In addition, core courses may also give historical background on an issue or issues of social injustice and/or provide an introduction to concepts such as oppression and privilege.

ENST 255Environmental Injustice and Activism1
PHIL 214Social and Political Philosophy1
POLS 210Political Theory1


To ensure interdisciplinary study and encourage students to develop knowledge of a number of different social justice issues, electives are divided into five categories. A student must take their four courses from at least two of the five categories and from at least two different disciplines or departments. No more than two courses may be at the 100 level.

A. Gender & Sexuality

ANTH 290Medical Anthropology1
EDUC 290Gender Issues in Education1
ENLS 228Gender and Sexuality in America1
HIST 100Thinking about History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 222U.S. History from the 1940s to the Present1
HUMN 320History of Sexuality1
PHIL 230Feminist Philosophy1
POLS 213Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective1
POLS 388Gender & International Relations1
PSYC 232Psychology of Women1
PSYC 303Critical Psychologies 11
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociology1
SOCI 239Deviance and Identity1
SOCI 241Marriages and Families in the 21st Century1
SOCI/WMST 328Mating and Marrying in America1
WMST 150Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies1
WMST 225Reading Race, Gender and Sexuality1
WMST 232Gender and Sexuality in South Asia1

B. Race & Ethnicity

ANTH 256Anthropology of Native North America1
ECON 270South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship1
EDUC 318Critical Multiculturalism1
ENLS 203Introduction to Race and Literature1
ENLS 300Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism1
ENLS 311Seminar in Contemporary American Literature1
HIST 100Thinking about History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 219American Abolition1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
MUSC 257Music and Culture: Jazz, Rock, and Race1
PHIL 229Philosophy and Race1
POLS 211Politics of the Developing World1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
POLS 246Race Ethnicity and American Politics1
POLS 263Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought1
POLS 353Comparative Ethnic Politics1
PSYC 240Critical Multicultural Psychology1
RELI 209Israel: Land, People, and Tradition1
SOCI 243Sociology of Race and Ethnicity1

C.   Poverty, Inequality & Class

ANTH 266Money, Markets and Magic 21
CLAS 337Use and Abuse of the Past: Adaptation and Revision1
ECON 204Intermediate Political Economy1
ECON/WMST 236Gender, Race and Poverty 21
ECON 270/UNIV 284South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship 1, 21
ECON 309Globalization and Its Implications1
ECON 458Marxian Economics1
EDUC 101Diversity, Equity and the Foundations of American Education1
EDUC 227Immigrant Youth in U.S. Society1
EDUC 318Critical Multiculturalism1
GEOG 201Special Topics in Geography1
GEOG 209Economic Geography 21
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
IREL 240Human Security 21
IREL 252Political Economy of Global Resources 21
IREL 430Global Poverty: Politics and Practices 21
MORS 250Poverty and Organizations1
POLS 228Globalization and its critics1
PSYC 307Culture and Child Development1
PSYC 320Children's Studies 11
SOCI 311Globalization, Technology and Cultural Change1
SOCI 351Field Research.5-2
WMST 251Gender, Power and Global Development1

D. Environmental Justice

ANTH 260Environmental Anthropology1
ENLS 272Studies in Literature and the Environment1
ENST 211Environmental Pollution and Control1
ENST 221Hazardous Waste and Society1
ENST 232Identity, Inequality, and the Environment1
ENST 236Environmental Ethics1
ENST 245Environmental Politics, Policy, & Justice 1
ENST 246Environmental Activism1
ENST 255Environmental Injustice and Activism1
ENST/ENLS 278World Literature and Environmental Justice1
ENST 286Imagining Sustainability1
ENST 325Nature, Wealth and Power1
UNIV 200Integrated Perspectives Course (The Anthropocene)1
UNIV 200Integrated Perspectives Course (04: Food Justice/Food Insecurity) 1, 21
UNIV 200Integrated Perspectives Course (01: Climate Change Science and Ethics)1

E. Law, Religion & Human Rights

ENLS 290Special Topics1
IREL 255International Law1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
POLS 274Human Rights in International Relations1
POLS 364Justice and Public Policy1
PSYC 359Psychology and Law1
RELI 280Religion and Constitutional Law1
RELI 281Religion and American Politics1
SOCI 251Violence and Society1
UNIV 192Food, Faith, Justice: Baltimore.5

Poverty Studies Concentration

Students may choose a concentration in poverty studies by choosing a core course and at least three electives that focus significantly on issues of poverty. These courses (see footnote2) allow students to combine their coursework with a poverty studies internship offered each year through the Shepherd Consortium.


Community-based research/service-learning course.


Poverty studies course.


Coordinators: Katherine M. Faull (fall), Meenakshi Ponnuswami (spring)