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Social Justice

Green Cultural Studies 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 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 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