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Social Justice

Religion and Social Justice 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 religion and social justice. 

Meet Your Concentration

As a social justice major with a concentration in religion and social justice, you’ll discover the complex interplay between religious beliefs and human rights advocacy.

Through a combination of liberal arts and education coursework, you’ll prepare to succeed in a world where social justice is more important than ever.

In the religion and social justice program, you will:

  • Explore historical, social, cultural, and ethical perspectives that have influenced — and are influenced by — religion.
  • Dive deeper into topics like women and Islam; war and peace; Latin American politics; and Abrahamic traditions.
  • Delve into core social ethics and religious tenets that drive people’s actions and beliefs.
  • 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 social justice 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 poverty and homelessness. 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 global justice and human rights concentration, 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
  • Journalist
  • Nonprofit director
  • Religious leader
  • Research consultant
  • 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 religion and social justice, you will also take courses in the following areas:

Elective Courses

Global Justice

One of the following courses:

PHL 2500 Theories of Justice†
PHL 3030 Global Justice
RTS 2990 Women in Islam
RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
RTS 3850    War & Peace 
Ethics and Theory

One of the following courses:

RTS 2800 Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives 
RTS 2950       Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

One of the following courses:

POL 3521 Latin American Politics*
ECO 3303 Economic Development**
RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions 
RTS 3850  War and Peace: Religious Perspectives 
RTS 3900         Women’s Voices in the Holocaust 
Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

One of the following courses:

COM 3231 Intercultural Communication** 
HIS 2340  Survey of Latin American History 
RTS 2900  Holocaust 
RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions 
RTS 2990 Women in Islam 
RTS 3030                        Humans, Earth and the Sacred: Religion and the Environment 
RTS 3750  Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations 
RTS 3800 Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton 
RTS 3850  War and Peace: Religious Perspectives 
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   

More Info 

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

978-837-3471
saenzdevigul@merrimack.edu