Other Concentrations

Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration

Students in the Social Justice and Human Rights programs examine a wide variety of oppressions such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, anti-immigrant oppression, ableism, economic injustice, animal exploitation, environmental injustice, as well as related denials of human rights, such as human trafficking, settler colonialism, mass incarceration, use of sweatshop and child labor, unequal access to education, and voter disenfranchisement.

The bachelor of arts in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 3

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

Students complete the following coursework:

Core Courses
INTS 337 Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation 3
INTS 362 Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 6
Domestic Rights and Justice
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the following: 6
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)  
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)  
INTS 438
Representations of Race (Mason Core)  
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World  
WMST 208
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies  
Total Credits 6
Global Rights and Justice
Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)  
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community  
Refugees (Mason Core)  
CONF 394
Human Rights and Inequality  
Human Rights and Justice  
Stories of Gender, Race, and Social Action  
Total Credits 6
Environmental and Ecological Justice
INTS 334 Environmental Justice (Mason Core) 3-4
or INTS 338 Animal Rights and Humane Education
Total Credits 3-4
Activism and Social Change
Select 7-8 credits from the following: 7-8
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)  
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)  
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)  
Special Topics  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Total Credits 7-8
Select 9 credits from the following: 9
Any course chosen from the above categories not already taken to meet a concentration requirement
Special Topics in African and African American Studies (when topic is relevant with prior written approval of advisor)  
Scientific Racism and Human Variation  
Environment and Culture  
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture  
Gender, Race, and Class in the Media  
Globalization and Culture  
EDUC 203
Disability in American Culture (Mason Core)  
EVPP 436
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change  
Multilingualism, Identity, and Power (Mason Core)  
GOVT 445
Human Rights  
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports  
Basketball and the American Experience  
Women in Islamic Society (Mason Core)  
Sustainable World (Mason Core)  
Law and Justice (Mason Core)  
Conflict Resolution and Transformation  
Violence and Gender  
Spirituality and Conflict Transformation (Mason Core)  
Introduction to Childhood Studies (Mason Core)  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)  
Neighborhood, Community, and Identity (Mason Core)  
Leadership in a Changing Environment  
INTS 437
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Social Movements and Political Protest  
Contemporary Gender Relations  
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Education in Contemporary Society  
Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)  
Women and Work  
Queer Theory  
other relevant course with prior written approval of advisor
Total Credits 9

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120.