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Social Justice

Green Cultural Studies Concentration

In conjunction with their adviser, Social Justice majors are strongly encouraged to craft an area of concentration based on their interests. One sample concentration we have put together is in green cultural studies. 

Meet Your Concentration

As a social justice major with a concentration in green cultural studies, you’ll examine how social and cultural forces shape our relationship with the environment.

Through a combination of liberal arts and health science coursework, you’ll deepen your understanding of human interaction with natural environments.

In the green cultural studies program, you will:

  • Analyze the ways in which culturally constructed representations — in literature, the arts, media, pop culture and academic discourses — shape relationships with the environment.
  • Explore how social and cultural issues surrounding race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, ecocolonialism and their intersections shape environmental problems and their solution.
  • Delve into environmental justice, gender perspectives and animal rights.
  • Explore ways to speak and write persuasively to communicate your ideas and drive action.
  • Gain the theoretical, analytical and experiential knowledge that will
    prepare you for environmental advocacy work.

Hands-On Learning

Outside the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community-based or nongovernmental organization internships focusing on areas like clean air advocacy or wetlands protection. 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.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the green cultural studies program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a government agency, environmental organization or university. Positions may include:

  • Conservationist
  • Environmental activist
  • Journalist
  • Nonprofit director
  • Scientific researcher
  • Teacher

What You’ll Take

All social justice majors take a minimum of 34 credits in the major and nine (9) courses and an internship. 

If you are concentrating in green cultural studies, you will also take courses in the following areas:

Elective Courses

Global Justice
ENG 3770 Caribbean Women Writers†
Ethics and Theory
WGS 3000                          Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender and Animal Rights
Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

One of the following courses:

WGS 3720     Gender, Immigration and the Law
SOC 3900 Sociology of Incarceration* 
Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

One of the following courses:

ENG 3770 Caribbean Women Writers†
ENG 3830                              American Indian Renaissance†
ENG 3850  Twentieth Center Caribbean Writers† 
HIS 3439  Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World 
SPA 4050 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance*
WGS 3630 Changing Woman: Myths and Realities of Native American Women

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 

More Info 

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

978-837-3471
saenzdevigul@merrimack.edu