Minor in Social Justice

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 minor engages students in both a critical examination of various forms of injustice (such as poverty, racism, and speciesism, and environmental degradation) and an exploration of strategies for creating and sustaining an equitable and just world. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on disciplines as distinct as critical race studies, critical animal studies, and environmental science. It is designed particularly to help students consider the intersectional nature of all types of exploitation and their related movements for liberation.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: minimum 15

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

Core Courses

Social Justice
Select two courses from the following: 6-7
Social Justice Consciousness and Personal Transformation
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
Environmental or Ecological Justice
Select one course from the following: 3-6
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
Animal Rights and Humane Education
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
Activism and Advocacy
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
Total Credits 12-17

Electives

Select one course from the following that is not being applied to the core requirement. 3-6
CONF 394
Human Rights and Inequality
EDUC 301
Educating Diverse and Exceptional Learners
GOVT 445
Human Rights
HIST 337
Race and Gender in American Sports
Narratives of Identity
Sustainable World (Mason Core)
Law and Justice (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Community Activism (Mason Core)
Violence and Gender
Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the US (Mason Core)
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Social Justice and Human Rights (Mason Core)
Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
INTS 406
Global Leadership (Mason Core)
Refugee and Internal Displacement (Mason Core)
INTS 417
Human Trafficking and the International Community
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Social Justice Education (Mason Core)
INTS 437
Critical Race Studies (Mason Core)
INTS 438
Representations of Race (Mason Core)
Community Engagement for Social Change (Mason Core)
Social Movements and Political Protest
Race and Ethnicity in a Changing World
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)
Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies
Queer Theory
Total Credits 3-6
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