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Social Work

Social Justice Minor

The social justice minor is designed for non-social work majors who want to learn how to critically examine issues of equity and access in terms of economic, political, and social rights within a wide range of disciplines.

Through this minor, students will examine the complex relationships that exist between social justice and broader cultural, economic, educational, social, environmental, and political structures, policies, and practices.

By providing an opportunity for students from any major to examine their work through a social justice lens, they can bring great benefits to their communities. We imagine business leaders, healthcare providers, scientists, musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs grounding their work in an overall commitment to leadership in the development of more socially just communities.

Required courses (16 credits)

  • SWK 1300 Introduction to Social Justice & Social Welfare (4 cr.)
  • SWK 2400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (4 cr.)
  • SWK 2600 Ethics and Leadership in a Multicultural Society (4 cr.)
  • SWK 3100 Social Welfare Policy Analysis (4 cr.)

Students must select two courses (8 credits) from any discipline that includes a focus on social justice. Students will work with the Social Work department chair to receive approval for elective courses that have a focus on social justice.

Possible electives that have a focus on social justice:

  • SWK 2200 Child Welfare Policy & Practice (4 cr.)
  • SWK/ WMG 2210 Family Violence (4 cr.)
  • SWK 2500 Engaging Multicultural Students and Families (4 cr.)
  • SWK 400T Special Topics in Social Work (4 cr.)
  • EDU 2340 Foundations in Urban Education (4 cr.)
  • EDU 4340 Urban and Cultural Leadership (4 cr.)
  • PYC 3460 Psychology of Women and Gender (4 cr.)
  • SOC 2530 Race and Racisms (4 cr.)
  • SOC 2770 Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in a Diverse World (4 cr.)
  • POL 3620 Environmental Politics (4 cr.)
  • POL 3450 Global Poverty (4 cr.)
  • POL 3110 Women’s and Gender Studies Theory (4 cr.)
  • CDM 2400 Gender Communications (4 cr.)
  • ENG 3030 Major Texts in Critical Theory (4 cr.)
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