Global Justice and Human Rights Concentration
As a social justice major with a concentration in global justice and human rights, you’ll learn how to turn your passion for human rights and a more just world into a rewarding career.
By completing liberal arts and criminology coursework, you’ll prepare to succeed in a world where social issues have become globally interconnected.
In the global justice and human rights program, you will:
- Learn about the most powerful gender and social movements of our time, including the civil rights movement, women’s rights movement and anti-apartheid movement.
- Discover the core tenants of communications and nonprofit organizing to drive meaningful change at the local and global level.
- Delve into core social ethics concepts that drive people’s beliefs and behavior.
- Explore ways to speak and write persuasively to communicate your ideas and spark action.
- Gain the theoretical, analytical and experiential knowledge that will prepare you for global advocacy and human-rights work.
Outside the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community-based or nongovernmental organization internships focusing on areas like economic disparity or at-risk youth. You can also get involved in Social Justice Week, an on-campus initiative that addresses inequality issues through high-profile speaker events and campuswide discussions.
Upon successful completion of the global justice and human rights program, you’ll be well-equipped to pursue a career in advocacy, law, criminal justice, conflict resolution or social work. Positions may include:
- Community organizer
- Human rights activist
- Nonprofit director
- Research consultant
What You’ll Take
All social justice majors take required and elective courses to satisfy the 34-credit and minimum-of-10 course requirement. You must take SOJ 1000, a capstone class and participate in an internship.
If you are concentrating in global justice and human rights, you will also take courses in the following areas:
|Choose one:||Any course listed under Global Justice|
Ethics and Theory
|PHL 3030||Global Justice|
Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice
One of the following courses:
|POL 2510||International Politics*|
|ECO 3303||Economic Development**|
Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice
One of the following courses:
|ENG 3770||Caribbean Women Writers†|
|ENG 3800||Post Colonial Literature†|
|ENG 3850||Twentieth Center Caribbean Writers†|
|HSC 3103||Global Public Health|
|HIS 2340||Survey of Latin American History|
|POL 3521||Latin American Politics*|
|RTS 2950||Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions|
|RTS 3750||Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations|
|RTS 3850||War and Peace: Religious Perspectives|
|SPA 3060||Actualidad Latinamericana*|
|SPA 3610||Race, Literature and Culture*|
|SPA 4050||Literatures and Cultures of Resistance*|
|WGS 3110||Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social Justice|
|WGS 2200||Gender and Social Movements|
|WGS 3830||Gender and Global Health|
Select three additional courses from those listed above or you may choose from the following options:
|ESS 1050||Environmental Studies Gateway|
|POL 3531||Politics of Developing Nations*|
|COM 3231||Intercultural Communication**|
|HIS 3439||Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800|
|ITA 2530||Italian Women Writers|
|RTS 2990||Women in Islam|
|RTS 3900||Women’s Voices in the Holocaust|
Note: Courses with more than one prerequisite are mainly options for students pursuing a minor or major in the same discipline.
† One prerequisite, which is either PHL 1000 or ENG/WRT 1050
* One prerequisite
** Two or more prerequisites
Luis Sáenz de Viguera Erkiaga
Director, Social Justice
Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures