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Social Justice
Social Justice


As a Social Justice minor, you will be equipped to engage social justice matters in your major and future career path, as this minor is a complement to any major with a multidisciplinary perspective on social justice. 

Our Definition of Social Justice 

Social justice encompasses structures for and patterns of distributing material resources, ascribing cultural value and social esteem, and exercising interpersonal and collective power that enable human individuals and groups to pursue their well-being and participate in society on the basis of equality with one another and enable humans as a species to live in a way that preserves and enhances the planet’s overall capacities to support diverse more-than-human life. It includes critique and dismantling of systemic barriers to such equity among humans and between humans and more-than-human life. 

Program Highlights

Finish in Four*

with the skills to launch your career 

Social change

is brought about through open and honest conversations in communities. Completing your studies in social justice will strengthen your communication, critical thinking, quantitative and collaboration skills. Upon graduation you will: 

  • Confidently and effectively communicate the importance of social justice to your personal development and career goals.     
  • Identify the ways the theory and practice of social justice are different but also inseparable.
  • Through research and study, be able to apply the definition of social justice to contemporary/historical issues and incidences of social injustice. 

Explore our Graduate Outcomes to learn more about what our graduates are doing today. 

Meet our Faculty

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Dr. Nathan Bigelow

Professor of Political Science and International Studies
Dr. Lisa M. Brown

Dr. Lisa M. Brown

Professor of Psychology, Dean of Social Science
Dr. Mari Elise Ewing

Dr. Mari Elise Ewing

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
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Popular Courses

  •  Human Rights and Social Justice  
  • The Quest for Civil Rights, 1945 to Present  
  • Environmental Psychology 
  • Environmental Justice 
  • Law and Morality 
  • Health Care Law 
  • Ethical Theory