Minor in Social Justice


About the Minor

Social Justice is an interdisciplinary field of study that critically explores issues and social movements focused on equality, fairness, and inclusion. The Minor in Social Justice seeks to provide students with the breadth and depth of knowledge to achieve this critical understanding of justice, equality, and marginality, both in the United States and in the world at large. The minor starts from the assumption that “justice matters” and includes a critical examination of what constitutes social injustice and how people have organized to redress conditions of inequality in politics, economics, social policy, and health. The Minor in Social Justice will also attend to issues of disparity between dominant groups and those disadvantaged because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, disability, or other identities,conditions, and social positions. 


Requirements for the Minor

Students who wish to minor in Social Justice must complete 16 semester hours distributed as follows:
  Semester Hours 
SJ 101: Introduction to Social Justice: Stories and Struggles  3
SJ 201: Theories and Practices of Social Justice  3
SJ 301: Social Justice Capstone  4
2 courses chosen in consultation with advisor  6
Total Semester Hours 16

Social Justice Minor Breadth courses

At least two courses from the sample list below can be chosen to serve as electives for the Minor in Social Justice. Specific guidelines for inclusion as a SJ elective include courses that examine the history of social movements in US and non-US contexts; histories, theories, and representations of traditionally marginalized groups; theories of social change; social movement theories and praxis, and dynamics of race, class, gender, and/or sexuality. Please consult your academic advisor and the GWS faculty liaison to determine if a course meets the guidelines to serve as an elective, as well as determine the suitability of new courses to serve as electives for the Social Justice Minor.

Courses without prerequisites:

• AAST 103 African American Politics and Culture (3)

• ANTH 473 Anthropology of Social Movements (3)

• ASAM 275 Critical Issues in Community Engagement (3)

• CLJ 110 Rights, Justice and the Law (3)

• CLJ114 Race, Class, Gender, and Crime (3)

• COMM 103 Introduction to Media (3)

• DHD 101 Disability in U.S. Society (3)

• EDPS/AAST 104 Race, Place, and Schooling: African Americans and Education (3)

• ED 222 Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Education (3)

• GWS 203 Sexuality and Community: Lesbians, Gay Men and Contemporary Society (3)

• GWS/HIST 292 History and Theories of Feminism (3)

• HIST 251/LALS 251/AAST 200 History of Race Relations in America

• HIST 253  The Worker in American Life

• IPHS 409 Global Public Health Challenges (3)

• INST/LALS/POLS 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

• MUS 227 Music Cultures of the World (3)

• NAST 113 Native American Studies: Sovereignty (3)

• PA 230 Nonprofit Organizations in U.S. Society (3)

• PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics (3)

• PHIL 112 Morality and the Law (3)

• POLS/AAST 358 Constitutional Law: African-American Legal History (3)

• UPA/LALS 220 Latin American Cities in a Global Context:

• UPP 205 Cinema and the City (3)

Courses with curricular prerequisites or consent of the Instructor:

• POLS 451 Law and Public Policy (3)

• AAST/CLJ/SOC 271 African Americans and the Politics of Incarceration (3)

• ASAM/GWS/SOC 428 Asian/Asian American Women in the Global Economy (3)

• ASAM/GWS 458 Asian America and Transnational Feminism (3)

• CLJ/GWS 424 Gender, Crime, and Justice (4)

• GWS 202 Comparative Social Movements (3)

• GWS 262 Constructions of Gender, Race, Health and Human Rights (3)

• GWS 390 Feminism and Social Change (3)

• HIST 403/GWS 403 Culture and Sexuality: Cultural History of Same Sex Relations

• LALS 380 Social Movements in Latin America (3)

• LALS 382 Race and Citizenship in the Americas (3)

• PHIL 230 Topics in Ethics and Political Philosophy (3)

• POLS 354 The Constitution and Civil Liberties (3)

• POLS/AAST/GWS 356 Constitutional Law: Women, Gender and Privacy (3)

Becoming a Social Justice Minor

Please contact Allison James
LAS Academic Advisor for AAST, English, GWS, and LALS
University Hall, 3rd floor
601 S Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Email: ajames25@uic.edu 
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