Social Justice Studies

Degree

Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Social Justice Studies?

Social Justice Studies explores connections between the ideals of justice, the realities of injustice, and practical solution sets to bridge the gap between the two. Core courses in the major draw on literature in political sociology, social movements, and political philosophy to offer a sociologically-based foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of social values and social change. The program does not seek to promote a singular approach to social justice issues but rather to encourage creative and practical thinking from multiple perspectives, with the goal of enhancing students' level of informed citizenship.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Focus on undergraduates

Miami's social justice program does not offer a graduate degree, so faculty are focused on the needs of undergraduate students. This also means that all courses are taught by faculty, not graduate students.

Interdisciplinary affiliations

Miami's social justice program requires students to explore the topic from a variety of disciplinary perspectives (e.g., American studies, anthropology, economics, geography, philosophy, and so on). Tracks 4-6 include required credit hours from other departments and programs, including Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS), Geography (GEO), the Over-the-Rhine Residency Program, and International Studies (ITS).

Internship possibilities

You may choose to take an occupationally oriented internship which complements your course work. A praxis (hands-on) experience is a core requirement of the program and is included in the capstone course.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

The required courses for the major emphasize theory, practice, and method and include the following: SJS/SOC165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies, STA261 Statistics, SOC262 Research Methods, SJS/SOC323 Social Justice and Change, and a capstone class SJS/SOC470 Social/Political Activism. Students elect to specialize in one of six tracks: Social Justice and Inequalities (Track 1), Crime, Law and Social Justice (Track 2), Women, Sexuality, and Social Justice (Track 3), Global Peace and Social Justice (Track 4), Social Justice through Community Engagement (Track 5), and Global Human Rights (Track 6).

What can I do with this major?

Several options exist for the Social Justice Studies major. Students in this program usually seek employment in government or business and some continue their studies in graduate school. Students in this major often assume careers as (or in) the following: activists, community organizers, public policy analysts, conflict resolution specialists, human relations workers, NGO workers, human rights groups, political campaigners, workers in environmental organizations, alternative media, human rights groups, political campaigns, religious organizations, international agencies, mediators, rights advocates, journalists, lobbyists, and community organizers.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Sociology and Gerontology
375 Upham Hall
Oxford, OH 45056
512-529-2628