Major in Social Justice

The social justice major is intended for students interested in creating a more just and equitable world.

  • You will focus on how social, political and economic structures, systems and institutions help or hurt people’s abilities to meet their basic needs.
  • You will learn how to protect and enhance the needs, dignity and rights of people, the environment and animals.
  • You will be exposed to questions of justice, discrimination, institutionalized violence, power and oppression, and learn how to respond to them.

Hands-On Learning

100% of social justice majors participate in at least one internship, co-op, fieldwork or practicum. Outside the classroom, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in community-based or nongovernmental organization internships focusing on areas like economic disparity and 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 campus-wide discussions.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the social justice program, you’ll be well equipped to pursue a career in a community organization, university, research institute, consulting firm, corporation or government agency. You may also be interested in domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, including community and environmental organizations, human rights organizations, the United Nations and international development organizations.

Our graduates are also employable as international environmental journalists, writers, media producers and organizers.

Courses You’ll Take

Social Justice Major Curriculum


Social Justice Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements. To see more details about the major, please visit

Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.