Social and Economic Justice

This is an interdisciplinary minor that provides students with a broad understanding of the many issues found under the term “social justice” and the critical knowledge to recognize and end structural inequalities.
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Social and Economic Justice Minor

Professor L. McClusky, Coordinator

This minor attempts to bridge the gap between identity politics and class based analyses of social inequalities. Students take classes in both approaches and are required to do some hands-on work through internship opportunities.

The total number of courses required for the minor is 7. (20-22 semester hours).


All of the following (8-10 sem. hrs.)

ECON 209 Introduction to Political Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 148 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (3 sem. hrs.)
SEJ 290 Internship in Social and Economic Justice (2-4 sem. hrs.)
or SEJ 390 Advanced Internship in Social and Economic Justice (2-4 sem. hrs.)
SOC 277 Social Inequality: Class and Ethnicity (3 sem. hrs.)

Two courses, one from each category (6 sem. hrs.)


FNIS 212 Homelands (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 210 Women and Gender in Europe (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 325 The African American Experience (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 327 The Gilded Age and the Progressive Era (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 357 Modern America
SOC 235 "Deviance" and Society (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 315 Men and Masculinities (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 245 Body Politics (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 260 Indigenous Women's Experiences (3 sem. hrs.)


ECON 255 The Political Economy of Globalization (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 295 Economy and the Labor Process (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 325 Ecological Economics and Political Ecology (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 326 Energy and the Economy (3 sem. hrs.)
ECON 350 Economics of Developing Countries (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 215 The Growth of Industrial Society, 1750-Present (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 228 The Making of Modernity (3 sem. hrs.)
HIST 372 Colonial Encounters (3 sem. hrs.)
INTL 350 Comparative Environmental Policy Analysis (3 sem. hrs.)
POLS 262 Politics in Developing Countries (3 sem. hrs.)

Electives: One of the following (12 sem. hrs.)

ANTH 250 Hawaii: Colonialism and Tourism
ANTH 270 Anthropology of Food
ANTH 345 Maya Ethnography
ANTH 359 The Pacific and Cultural Survival (3 sem. hrs.)
PHIL 240 Ethics
POLS 155 American Politics
PSY 335 Psychology of Environmental Sustainability (3 sem. hrs.)
SEJ 250 Introduction to Community Organizing
SOC 228 Social Problems (3 sem. hrs.)
SOC 331 Mass Media and Society (3 sem. hrs.)
WGS 310 Feminist Methodologies: Intersectionalities (3 sem. hrs.)

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