The minor engages students in both a critical examination of various forms of injustice (such as poverty, racism, and speciesism, and environmental degradation) and an exploration of strategies for creating and sustaining an equitable and just world. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on disciplines as distinct as critical race studies, critical animal studies, and environmental science. It is designed particularly to help students consider the intersectional nature of all types of exploitation and their related movements for liberation.

Policies

Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: SOCJ

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15 (minimum)

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Social Justice
Select two courses from the following:6-7
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights
Social Justice Education
Environmental or Ecological Justice
Select one course from the following:3-6
Environmental Justice
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Activism and Advocacy
Select one course from the following:3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Art as Social Action
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Total Credits12-17

Electives

Select one course from the following that is not being applied to the core requirement.3-6
Human Rights and Inequality
Educationally Diverse Populations: Handicapped, Gifted, Multicultural
Human Rights
Race and Gender in American Sports
Narratives of Identity
Sustainable World
Law and Justice
Social Movements and Community Activism
Violence and Gender
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US
Art as Social Action
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
Social Justice and Human Rights
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Global Leadership
Refugee and Internal Displacement
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Social Justice Education
Critical Race Studies
Representations of Race
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
Contemporary Gender Relations
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Education in Contemporary Society
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies
Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies
Queer Theory
Total Credits3-6