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Social Justice

Major Requirements

The social justice program provides students at Merrimack College with the chance to turn their passion for change, human rights and a more just world into a career.

Social Justice Major

This bachelor’s degree program requires a minimum of 124 credits. As part of the overall 124 credit minimum, the requirements for the major in Social Justice include a minimum of 34 credits in the major and nine courses and an internship. Students are also required to engage and actively participate in events organized by the program, such as field trips, Social Justice events (Social Justice Week/Month), documentaries and lectures.

Concentrations

In conjunction with their adviser, students are strongly encouraged to craft an area of concentration based on their interests. Below are some sample concentrations:

Required Courses 

All Social Justice majors take the following three courses:

SOJ1000 Introduction to Social Justice in Theory and Practice
Capstone Social Justice Capstone
Internship Internship 
(An approved credit or non-credit internship completed before the final semester of senior year

Elective Requirements

Students must select seven courses from the courses approved for the Social Justice major, with at least one course from each of the following four areas:

  • Global Justice
  • Ethics and Theory
  • Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives
  • Historical or Cultural Perspectives

A minimum of two of these seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above. A maximum of five of these seven courses or 20 credits (whichever is greater) may be taken in one department.

The courses approved for each of the four areas are:

Global Justice

  • BIO 3039 Global Field Studies Program Courses
  • ECO 3303 Economic Development
  • ECO 3306 International Economics
  • ENG 3770 Caribbean Women Writers
  • ENG 3800 Post Colonial Literature
  • HSC 3103 Global Public Health
  • PHL 2500 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • PHL 3030 Global Justice
  • POL 2510 International Politics
  • POL 3521 Latin American Politics
  • POL 3530 Democracy, Development & Violence
  • POL 3531 Politics of developing Nations
  • RTS 2990 Women in Islam
  • RTS 3850 War & Peace
  • SPA 3060 Actualidad Latinoamericana
  • SPA 4050 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance
  • WGS 3110 Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social Justice
  • WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health

Ethics and Theory

  • PHL 2040 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHL 2070 Environmental Ethics
  • PHL 2500 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 2100 Women, Ethics and Society
  • PHIL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • PHL 3030 Global Justice
  • RTS 2800 Social Ethics
  • RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  • WGS 3000 Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and Animal Rights
  • WGS 3100 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 3110 Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social Justice

Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

  • CRM 2500 The Death Penalty
  • CRM 3380W Race, Class, Crime
  • CRM 3900 Incarceration
  • ECO 1225 Economics of Gender
  • ECO 3303 Economic Development
  • ECO 3304 Economics of Education
  • ECO 3305 Ecological Economics
  • ECO 3307 Labor Economics
  • ECO 3311 Public Finance
  • ECO 3315 Urban and Regional Economics
  • EDU 2130 Diversity, Social Justice, and Ethics
  • MGT 3320 Employment Law and Labor Relations
  • HIS 2340 Survey of Latin American History
  • HIS 3439 Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World 1400-1800
  • PHL 2040 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • PHL 3020 Philosophy of Law
  • POL 2510 International Politics
  • POL 3152 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • POL 3161 The Politics of Immigration and Human Movement
  • POL 3521 Latin American Politics
  • POL3530 Democracy, Development & Violence
  • RTS 3850 War and Peace: Religious Perspectives
  • RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust
  • SOC 3150 Social Movements
  • SOC 3650 Sociology of Immigration
  • WGS 3300 US Women’s History
  • WGS 3710 Gender and the Law
  • WGS 3720 Gender, Immigration and the Law

Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

  • BIO 2009 Environmental Science
  • BIO 3090-99 Global Field Studies Program Courses
  • COM 3201 Gender and Communication
  • COM 3231 Intercultural Communications
  • CRM1200/ENG1200 Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature
  • CRM 3380W Race, Class and Crime
  • CRM 3500 Domestic Violence
  • CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
  • ECO 3309 Marxian Economics
  • ECO 3312 History of Economic Thought
  • ENG 3770 Caribbean Women Writers
  • ENG 3800 Post Colonial Literature
  • ENG 3810 American Literature by Women of Color
  • ENG 3830 American Indian Renaissance
  • ENG 3850 Twentieth Century Caribbean Writers
  • ENG 3870 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
  • FAA 2505 Politics of Performance: Theatre, Government and Social Change
  • FAA 3171/POL 3171 Music and Politics
  • HIS 2340 Survey of Latin American History
  • HIS 3439 Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World 1400-1800
  • HSC 3103 Global Public Health
  • ITA 2530 Italian Women Writers
  • ITA 2550 Italian-Americans and Film
  • ITA 2560W The Italian Southern Question in Literature and Film
  • PHIL3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
  • POL 3521 Latin American Politics
  • PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
  • RTS 2900 Holocaust
  • RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  • RTS 2990 Women in Islam
  • RTS 3030 Humans, Earth and the Sacred: Religion & the Environment
  • RTS 3750 Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations
  • RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
  • RTS 3850 War & Peace: Religious Perspectives
  • RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust
  • SOC 3600 Sociology of Health
  • SPA 3060 Actualidad Latinoamericana
  • SPA 3200 Intro to Advanced Studies
  • SPA 3310 Latinos in the US: Culture and Service Learning
  • SPA 3610 Race, Literature and Culture
  • SPA 3620 Gender, Literature and Culture
  • SPA 3630 Studies of Popular Culture of Latin America/Spain
  • SPA 4050 Literature(s) /Culture(s) of Resistance
  • WGS 2010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
  • WGS 2200 Gender and Social Movements
  • WGS 2260 Southwestern Women Writers and Artists
  • WGS 3110 Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social Justice
  • WGS 3250 Sex and Gender Studies
  • WGS 3360 Fieldwork in the Southwest
  • WGS 3420 Gender, Race, and the Media
  • WGS 3630 Changing Woman: Reality and Myth of Native American Women
  • WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health

Other Elective Options (not required)

  • BIO 2010W Ecology
  • COM 3331 Communications and Nonprofit Organizing
  • EDU 3620 Cultural Diversity in Schools
  • ESS 1050 Environmental Studies Gateway
  • SOC 2050 Social Work
  • WRT 2020W Writing for Social Change

More Info 

Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga
Director, Social Justice
Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures

978-837-3471
saenzdevigul@merrimack.edu