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 Injustice1
GEOG 218Geographies of Justice1
PHIL 214Social and Political Philosophy1
POLS 210Political Theory1


To ensure interdisciplinary study and to 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
GEOG 323Gender and Geography1
GEOG 324Geographies of Identity1
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/WMST 238Women and Politics1
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 225Modernism on the Margins: Race, Class and Sexuality1
WMST 232Gender and Sexuality in South Asia1
WMST/POLS 254Sex and Social Order1
WMST/SOCI 332Women and the Penal System 21

B. Race & Ethnicity

ANTH 256Anthropology of Native North America1
ECON 270South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship1
ENLS 211Southern Exposure1
ENLS 315Unsettling Memories1
GEOG 324Geographies of Identity1
HIST 100Thinking about History1
HIST 214Topics in American History1
HIST 219Antebellum America1
HIST 220American Civil War and Reconstruction1
HIST 223Twentieth-century African-American History1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
MUSC 257Music and Culture: Jazz, Rock, and Race1
POLS 211Third World Politics1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
POLS 246Race Ethnicity and American Politics1
POLS 263Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought1
POLS 371Minority Politics1
RELI 209Israel: Land, People, and Tradition1
SOCI 243Sociology of Race and Ethnicity1
SOCI 280Twentieth-century Afro-Caribbean and African-American Thought1
SOCI 327Race, Citizenship and Human Rights1
UNIV 234Transformative Dialogue and Social Justice 21

C.   Poverty, Inequality, & Class

ANTH 266Money, Markets and Magic 21
ECON 204Intermediate Political Economy1
ECON/WMST 236Gender, Race and Poverty 21
ECON 251Logic Limits Economic Justice1
ECON/MSUS/PSYC 270South Africa: Social Entrepreneurship 1, 21
ECON 309Globalization and Its Implications1
ECON/GEOG 350Classical Marxism 21
ECON 458Marxian Economics1
EDUC 101Social Foundation of Education1
EDUC 318Multiculturalism and Education1
GEOG 101Globalization, People, and Place1
GEOG 209Economic Geography 21
GEOG 237Grassroots Development: Nicaragua 11
GEOG/IREL/LAMS 292Service-Learning in Nicaragua1
GEOG 324Geographies of Identity1
HIST 290Europe Imperialism and Colonialism1
IREL 210The Politics of International Aid and Development 21
IREL 240Human Security 21
IREL 252Political Economy of Global Resources 21
IREL 430Global Poverty: Politics and Practices 21
PSYC 307Culture and Child Development1
PSYC 320Children's Studies 11
SOCI 130Medicine and Society1
SOCI 204Growing up Rich/Poor in America 21
SOCI 215Human Service Systems 21
SOCI 218Health and Community 21
SOCI 219Culture and Power1
SOCI 311Globalization, Technology, and Cultural Change1
SOCI 322Sociology of Medicine1-1.5
SOCI 329Millennials in the Workplace1
SOCI 351Field Research.5-2
WMST 251Women and Development1

D. Environmental Justice

ANTH 260Environmental Anthropology1
ENST 205Green Utopias1
ENST 211Environmental Pollution and Control1
ENST 221Hazardous Waste and Society1
ENST 236Environmental Ethics1
ENST 245Environmental Policy and Politics1
ENST 246Environmental Activism1
ENST 255Environmental Injustice1
ENST 325Nature, Wealth and Power1
GEOG 101Globalization, People, and Place1
MSUS 400Consulting for Sustainability1
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

IREL 255International Law1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
RELI 280Religion and Constitutional Law1
RELI 281Religion and American Politics1
SOCI 251Violence and Society1
SOCI 309How Holocausts Happen1
SOCI 327Race, Citizenship and Human Rights1

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.


Coordinator: William F. Flack