Meet Your Major

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

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.

What You’ll Take

The requirements for the major in Social Justice include a minimum of 34 credits or nine courses and an internship. Students should also actively participate in events organized by the program, such as Social Justice Week/Month.

Concentrations

Choosing a concentration is required in our program. You will work together with your adviser to develop an area of concentration based on your interests. You may choose your own concentration or consider some of the following sample concentrations:

  • Global Justice and Human Rights
  • Green Cultural Studies
  • Religion and Social Justice
  • Social Change

Required Courses (complete all three)

SOJ 1000

Introduction to Social Justice (Theory and Practice)

Capstone

Social Justice Capstone (taken senior year)

Internship

Internship (an approved credit or non-credit internship completed before the final semester of senior year, locally or abroad)

Elective Requirements (choose seven)

Select seven courses, with at least one course from each of the following four areas:

  • Global justice
  • Ethics and theory
  • Legal, political or economic perspectives
  • Historical or cultural perspectives

You must take a minimum of two of these seven courses at the 3000 level or above. A maximum of four of these seven courses or 16 credits (whichever is greater) may be taken in one department. No more than four electives can be double-counted towards another major.

The courses approved for each of the four areas are:

Global Justice

ECO 3303

Sustainable Development

ECO 3306

International Economics

HSC 3103 Global Public Health

PHL 2500

Theories of Justice

PHL 3010

Human Rights: Theory and Practice

PHL 3030

Global Justice

POL 1500

Comparative Politics

POL 1900

International Politics

POL 3540

International Politics Economy

RTS 3850

War and Peace: Religious Perspectives

SPA 3400

Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance

WGS 3110       

Global Women’s Issues and Social Justics

WGS 3830

Gender and Global Health

Ethics and Theory

CRM 2700

Ethics of Criminal (In)Justice

PHL 2040 

Introduction to Political Philosophy

PHL 2070

Environmental Ethics

PHL 2500

Theories of Justice

PHL 2100

Ethical Issues Concerning Gender

PHL 2130

Food Justice

PHL 3010

Human Rights: Theory and Practice

PHL 3030

Global Justice

PHL 3060

Justice in Health and Healthcare

POL 2581

Intro to Political Theory

RTS 2800

Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives

RTS 2820

Bioethics & Healthcare: Theological Approaches

WGS 3000 

Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender and Animal Rights

WGS 3100

Feminist Theory

WGS 3110          

Global Gender Issues and Social Justice

Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

CRM 2500 

The Death Penalty

CRM 3380

Race, Class and Crime

CRM 3900

Incarceration

ECO 2225

Economics of Gender

ECO 3303

Sustainable Development

ECO 3304 

Economics of Education

ECO 3305

Ecological Economics

ECO 3307 

Labor Economics

ECO 3311

Public Finance

ECO 3315

Community Economics

HDE 2130

Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics

HIS 3440

Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present

HIS 3439            

Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800

MGT 3320

Employment Law and Labor Relations

PHL 2040

Introduction to Political Philosophy

PHL 2060

Biomedical Ethics

PHL 2130

Food Justice

PHL 3010

Human Rights: Theory and Practice

PHL 3020 

Philosophy of Law

PHL 3060

Justice in Health and Healthcare

POL 1500

Comparative Politics

POL 1900

International Politics

POL 2300

The Politics of Food

POL 3151

American Constitutional Law

POL 3152 

Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

POL 3161 

Politics of Immigration and Human Movement

POL 3540

International Political Economy

RTS 3850

War and Peace: Religious Perspectives

SOC 3150

Social Movements

SOC 3650

Sociology of Immigration

SPA 2520

Lawrence City of Immigrants

WGS 2310

Gender and Diversity in Leadership

WGS 2880

Gender, Race, and War

WGS 3300 

U.S. Women’s History

WGS 3400

US LGBTQ+ History

WGS 3710

Gender and the Law

WGS 3720 

Gender, Immigration and the Law

Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice
BIO 2009  Environmental Biology
COM 4520 Gender and Communication
COM 4531 Intercultural Communications
CRM 1200 or
ENG 1200
Inequality and Justice in Life and Literature or
Inequality and Justice in Life/Literature
CRM 2300 Hate Crimes
CRM 3380 Race, Class and Crime
CRM 3500  Domestic Violence 
ECO 3309 Marxian Economics
ECO 3312 The History of Economic Thought
ENG 3350 Sex, Race, and Empire: 1660-1814
ENG 3870 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
FAA 2505              The Politics of Performance: Theatre, Government and Social Change
FAA 3171 or
POL 3171

Music and Politics or
Music and Politics

HIS 3376 Era of the French Revolution and Napoleon
HIS 3439  Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800
HIS 3440  Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present
HSC 3103 Global Public Health
ITA 1700 Italian-Americans and Film
ITA 2530  Italian Women Writers
ITA 2560 The Italian Southern Question in Literature and Film
PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology
RTS 2400 Sex, Politics, Religion, and St. Augustine
RTS 3030  Humans, Earth and the Sacred: Religion and the Environment
RTS 3750 Christians and Jews: Conflicts and Reconciliations
RTS 3850 War and Peace: Religious Perspectives
SOC 3600 Sociology of Health
SPA 2520 Lawrence City of Immigrants
SPA 3200 Introduction to Advanced Studies
SPA 3300  Latinx Cultures in the U.S.
SPA 2900 Race, Literature and Culture
SPA 2950  Gender, Literature and Culture
SPA 3100 Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
SPA 3400 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance
WGS 2010 Race and Ethnic Studies
WGS 2200 Gender, Race and Social Movements
WGS 2880 Gender, Race, and War
WGS 3110 Global Gender Issues and Social Justice
WGS 3250 Sex and Gender Studies
WGS 3300 U.S. Women’s History
WGS 3360 Fieldwork in the American Southwest: Classroom without Walls
WGS 3400 US LGBTQ+ History
WGS 3420  Gender, Race and the Media
WGS 3630 “Changing Woman:” The Reality and Myths of Native American Women
WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health
Other Elective Options (not required)

BIO 2010

Ecology

COM 3621

Conflict Management

COM 3742

Communication and Nonprofit Organizing

COM 4500

Communication and Advocacy

ESS 1050

Environmental Studies and Sustainability Gateway

SOC 2050

Social Work