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Social Justice

Social Justice Concentrations

In conjunction with their advisors, students are strongly encouraged to craft an area of concentration based on their interests.

Below are some sample concentrations:

Concentration in Social Change

In addition to the required courses, a student who is interested in social change should take:

1.  Global Justice

  SPA 4050    Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance*
  or
  WGS 3110   Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social
                     Justice 

2.  Ethics and Theory

  One of the following courses:

  PHL 2500     Theories of Justice
  RTS 2800     Social Ethics
  WGS 3000   Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and
                       Animal Rights

3.  Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

  POL 3510    Civil Liberties and Civil Rights*
  or
  SOC 3150    Social Movements*

4.  Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  PHL 2040    Introduction to Political Philosophy
  RTS 3800    Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
  WGS 2200   Gender and Social Movements 

Three Additional Courses:

  Any additional courses chosen from those listed above and/or the
  following courses:

  COM 3331   Communications and Nonprofit Organizing**
  ESS 1050     Environmental Studies Gateway
  WRT 2020   Writing for Social Change

Concentration in Global Justice and Human Rights

In addition to the required courses, a student who is interested in global justice should take:

1.  Global Justice

  Any course listed under Global Justice

2.  Ethics and Theory

  PHL 3030   Global Justice     

3.  Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

  POL 2510   International Politics*
  or
  ECO 3303 Economic Development**

4.  Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  ENG 3770    Caribbean Women Writers
  ENG 3800   Post Colonial Literature
  ENG 3850    Twentieth Century Caribbean Writers
  HSC 3103     Global Public Health
  HIS 2340      Survey of Latin American History
  POL 3521     Latin American Politics*
  RTS 2900     Holocaust
  RTS 2950     Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  RTS 3750     Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations
  RTS 3850     War & Peace: Religious Perspectives
  SPA 3060    Actualidad Latinamericana*
  SPA 3610    Race, Literature and Culture*
  SPA 4050    Literatures and Cultures of Resistance*
  WGS 3110   Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism, and Social
                       Justice
  WGS 2200   Gender and Social Movements
  WGS 3830   Gender and Global Health

Three Additional Courses:

  Any additional courses chosen from those listed above and/or the     following courses:

  ESS 1050     Environmental Studies Gateway
  POL 3531     Politics of Developing Nations*
  COM 3231   Intercultural Communication**
  HIS 3439      Slavery and race in the early modern Atlantic World,
                       1400-1800
  ITA 2530      Italian Women Writers
  RTS 2990     Women in Islam
  RTS 3900     Women’s Voices in the Holocaust

Concentration in Religion and Social Justice

  In addition to the required courses, a student who is interested in
  Religion and Social Justice might take:

1.  Global Justice

  One of the following courses:

  PHL 2500   Theories of Justice
  PHL 3030   Global Justice
  RTS 2990   Women & Islam
  RTS 2950   Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  RTS 3850   War & Peace

2.  Ethics & Theory

  RTS 2800   Social Ethics: Christian Perspectives
  or
  RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions

3.  Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  POL 3521 Latin American Politics*
  ECO 3303 Economic Development**
  RTS 2950 Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  RTS 3850 War and Peace: Religious Perspectives
  RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust

4.  Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  COM 3231  Intercultural Communication**
  HIS 2340     Survey of Latin American History
  RTS 2900    Holocaust 
  RTS 2950    Ethics in the Abrahamic Traditions
  RTS 2990    Women in Islam
  RTS 3030    Humans, Earth and the Sacred: Religion and the
                       Environment
  RTS 3750    Jews and Christians: Conflicts and Reconciliations
  RTS 3800    Ethical Witnesses: Dorothy Day and Thomas Merton
  RTS 3850    War and Peace: Religious Perspectives
  RTS 3900    Women’s Voices in the Holocaust

Concentration in Green Cultural Studies

Green Cultural Studies draws from the humanities and social sciences to analyze the ways in which culturally constructed representations (in literature, the arts, in media/popular culture, in scientific, religious, social scientific discourses on the environment) shape our interactions with natural environments and influence our perceptions of environmental solutions.  Green Cultural Studies also examines how social and cultural issues surrounding race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, eco-colonialism and their intersections shape environmental problems and their solutions.

In addition to the required courses a student who is interested in Green Cultural Studies might take:

1.  Global Justice
  ENG 3770  Caribbean Women Writers

2.  Ethics & Theory
  WGS 3000   Thinking Green:  Environmental Justice, Gender, and
                       Animal Rights

3.  Legal, Political or Economic Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  WGS 3720    Gender, Immigration, and the Law
  SOC 3900     Sociology of Incarceration*

4.  Historical or Cultural Perspectives on Social Justice

  One of the following courses:

  ENG 3770      Caribbean Women Writer
  ENG 3830      American Indian Renaissance
  ENG 3850      Twentieth Century Caribbean Writers
  HIS 3439        Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World
  SPA 4050       Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance*
  WGS 3630     Changing Woman: Myths and Realities of Native
                         American Women

 

Note: Courses with more than one prerequisite are mainly options for students pursuing a minor or major in the same discipline.

†  =   One prerequisite, which is either PHL1000 or ENG/WRT1050
*  =   One prerequisite
** =   Two or more prerequisites