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Social Justice Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements 

The Social Justice Minor consists of 21 credits, which include an entry-level classroom experience, a capstone experience, and 15 credits of elective course work. Within that structure, the Social Justice Minor offers students an opportunity to choose one of the prepared emphases of courses listed below, or, with the advice and consent of the Social Justice Director, to construct a program of study that addresses the specific aspects of Social Justice that concern them most. 

Students will be urged to begin working toward the Social Justice minor as soon as possible during their college careers. 
Students interested in the Social Justice Minor should meet with the Director, who will start a file for the student before they officially declare the Minor. 

Considerations for Completion of a Social Justice

Students must earn a grade of "C" in each course included in the minor. Courses included in the Social Justice Minor may also be used to satisfy general education requirements or individual departments' major and minor requirements. At least 12 credits taken to fulfill the minor's requirements must be upper division (numbered 300 and above). A maximum of 9 credits may count for both this minor and any other major or minor program. There is no limit to the number of social justice courses that may be used by Social Justice Minors to fulfill general education requirements.

Introductory Course: 3 credits.

The following course is accepted for an introduction to the minor:

  • Introduction to Social Justice 101 (also Quest Social Justice 101/102)

Elective Course: 15 credits.

Students can either choose a pre-approved emphasis (See Electives List) or develop an individualized course of study with approval of the Director of the Social Justice Program.

If a student creates an individualized course of study, they will write a Social Justice minor proposal, which will include a statement explaining the overall theme(s) of their minor as well as a list of courses that will comprise it, annotated with a rationale explaining why each course was selected and how it contributes to the minor. 

The student can pick a pre-approved emphasis which includes: 1. Prejudice and Discrimination, 2. Poverty, 3. Environment and Social Justice, 4. Human Rights, and 5. Social Activism.

In addition to the capstone course, 3 credits of Practical Applications/Individual Study courses may be included as an elective.  


Capstone Course: 3 credits.


The capstone experience will be chosen from a variety of upper division action research, service learning, honors thesis, and seminar courses, such as Social Justice 366, Service Learning & Field Study; Social Justice 399, Special Topics in Off Campus Study; Social Justice 446, Independent Study; or their disciplinary counterparts. Social Work majors may use 3 credits of their Applied Generalist Practice (field) to meet requirements of the Capstone Course. Social Justice students' projects in this course would focus on a Social Justice issue and would require the approval of their Faculty Mentors. 


Students entering the Social Justice Minor program in fall 2011 and later will complete a portfolio which should be started soon after declaring the minor. The portfolio will be electronic and set up through Angela Victor in Career Services (  The portfolio will include the following elements:

Portfolio Guidelines

1.       Reflection on Coursework: Students will list the Social Justice courses taken and include a reflective statement on each course regarding what was learned and what will be taken from the course into future endeavors.


2.      Capstone Essay: Students will compose and include a final paper from their capstone experience.


3.      Related Projects: Students will include three additional projects from previous Social Justice courses. These projects can be papers, power-point presentations, or any other project that can be uploaded to the portfolio.


Students who declared the Social Justice Minor prior to fall 2011 are strongly encouraged to complete the portfolio to reflect on their experience and contribute their voice in order to help create a stronger and more resilient Social Justice program.


Questions regarding the portfolio can be emailed to Courtney Bauder (



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