Social Justice Studies- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Sociology and Gerontology, 375 Upham Hall (513-529-2628).

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice Studies (SJS) offers a sociologically-based foundation of knowledge and skills to examine the essential connections between social values, structured inequalities, and social change. A comprehensive, integrated curriculum offers two tracks – Social Justice and Inequalities (Track 1) or Crime, Law and Social Justice (Track 2) – and a required praxis component.

Note: A student may not declare a double major in SOC and SJS if he/she is taking Track 1 or Track 2 of the SJS major.

A student may NOT major in SJS Track 2 and minor in Criminology.

Program Requirements: Basic Major

Core Courses: Take ALL of these (17 credit hours):

SJS/SOC 165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)

SJS/SOC 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS/SOC 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

Track 1- Social Justice and Inequalities

SOC LEVEL 1: Take at least 6 credit hours from the following list:

SJS/WST 103 Introduction to Community Service and Learning (2)

SJS/WST 203 Service-Learning: Theory into Action (2)

SOC 201 Social Problems (4)

SOC/WGS 203 Sociology of Gender Roles (3)

SOC 205 Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization (3)

SOC/FSW/WGS 221 Human Sexuality (3)

SOC 225 Work and Occupational Justice (3)

SOC 260A Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology and Human Services (maximum 4 credit hours counts toward major)

SJS/SOC/BWS/GTY/DST 265 Critical Inquiry: The Penny Lecture Series (2)

SOC/DST/EDP/WGS 278 Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity (3)

SOC LEVEL 2: Take at least 9 hours from the following list:

SJS/SOC 487 Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights (3)

SOC 318 Sociology of Aging and the Life Course (3)

SOC/BWS 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

SOC 372 Social Stratification (3)

SOC/DST/EDP/WGS 375 (Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice (3)

SOC 412 Sociology of Law (3)

SOC 417 Economy and Society (3)

SOC 448 African-American Experience (3)

SOC/GTY/WGS 463 Gender and Aging (3)

WST 341 Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action (3)

RELATED HOURS: Complete the required 8 hours for the major from the list below:

AMS 301 Practice in American Studies (3)

AMS 302 Transnational America (3)

ATH 175 Peoples of the World (3)

ATH 185 Cultural Diversity in the U.S. (3)

ATH 325 Identity, Race, Gender, Class (3)

ATH 358 Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees (3)

BWS 151 Introduction to Black World Studies (4)

BWS 267 National Cinemas: African Film (3)

BWS 370E Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (3)

CLS 321 Justice and the Law in Antiquity (3)

COM 389 Great Issues in American History: Rhetoric and Reality (3)

DST 272 Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

ECO 131 Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America (3)

ECO 342 Comparative Economic Systems (3)

ECO 347 Economic Development (3)

ECO 356 Poverty and Income Distribution (3)

ECO 361 Labor Economics (3)

ECO 462 Economics of Compensation (3)

EDL 282 Cultural Studies, Power, and Education (3)

EDL 401 Cultural Studies and the Complexity of Empowerment (3)

EDP 272 Introduction to Disability Studies (3)

IES 414 Latin American Environmental Affairs (3)

IES 450 Environmental Law (3)

FSW 206 Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups (4)

FSW 207 Serving and Supporting Children, Youth and Families I (4)

FSW 208 Serving and Supporting Children, Youth and Families II (5)

FSW 261 Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle (3)

FSW 309 Social Welfare Policy II (3)

FSW 362 Family Poverty (3)

GEO 201 Geography of Urban Diversity (3)

GEO 211 Global Change (3)

GEO 378 Political Geography (3)

GTY 260 Global Aging (3)

GTY 365 Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology (3)

GTY 472 Race, Ethnicity and Aging (3)

IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity (3)

ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies (3)

KNH 274 Critical Perspectives on the Body (3)

LAS 207 Latin America Before 1910 (3)

LAS 208 Introduction to Latin America (3)

LAS 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)

LAS 260 Latin America in the United States (3)

LAS 315 Latin American Diaspora: Communities, Conditions and Issues (3)

LAS 319 Revolution in Latin America (3)

LAS 414 Latin American Environmental Affairs (3)

LAS 415 Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture (4)

PHL 131 Problems of Moral and Social Values (3)

PHL 311 Ethical Theory (4)

PHL 312 Contemporary Moral Problems (4)

PHL 331 Political Philosophy (4)

PHL 335 Philosophy of Law (4)

PHL 355 Feminist Theory (4)

PHL 375 Moral Issues in Health Care (4)

PHL 376 Environmental Philosophy (4)

PHL 475 Justice in Health Care (4)

POL 142 American Politics and Diversity (4)

POL 159 U.S. Identity Politics (3)

POL 201 Political Thinking (4)

POL 302 Classical Political Philosophy (4)

POL 303 Modern Political Philosophy (4)

POL 326 Comparative Ethnic Politics (3)

POL 345 National Issues (3)

POL 346 Global Gender Politics (3)

POL 347 Women and the Law (3)

POL 381 Global Governance (3)

POL 382 International Law (3)

POL 386 Global Competition (3)

POL 439 North American Politics: Unity and Diversity (3)

PSY 210 Psychology Across Cultures (3)

REL 333 Religion, Dress and Status (3)

SPA 211 Deaf Culture and Community (3)

WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)

WGS 202 Introduction to GLBT Studies (3)

WGS 301 Women and Difference (3)

WGS 436 Women, Gender and the Environment (3)

Students may complete an independent study (SOC 177, 277, 377, 477) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by CDA).

Students may complete a special topics course (SOC 410, 490) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by CDA).

Track 2: Crime, Law and Social Justice

Note: For students enrolled in Track 2 only, SJS/SOC 470 can be substituted with SOC/FSW 451: Family Violence.

A student may NOT major in SJS Track 2 and minor in Criminology.

Complete Core requirements as indicated.

SOC LEVEL 1: Take ONE of these (4 credit hours)

SOC 201 Social Problems (4)

SOC 202 Social Deviance (4)

SOC LEVEL 2: Take FOUR of these (12 or 13 credit hours)

SOC 352 Criminology (3)

SOC 409 Systems of Justice (3)

SOC 410 Topics in Criminology (3)

SOC 412 Sociology of Law (3)

SOC 413 Juvenile Delinquency (3)

SOC 440C Field Experience in Sociology (maximum 4 credit hours counts toward major)

SOC/FSW 451 Family Violence (3) MPC

RELATED HOURS: Complete the required hours for the major from the list below:

AES 431 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty (3)

AES 432 National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty (3)

BLS 342 Legal Environment of Business (3)

BLS 437 Cyberlaw (3)

BLS 465 Ethics, Law, and Business (3)

BTE 108 Introduction to Business Law (3)

CJS 231 Law and Individual Rights (4)

CLS 321 Justice and the Law in Antiquity (3)

COM 445 Electronic Media Policy and Regulation (3)

CSE 262 Technology, Ethics, and Global Society (3)

ECO 325 Economic Analysis of Law (3)

EDL 334 Youth Subcultures, Popular Culture, and Non-Formal Education (3)

FSW 465 Child Maltreatment (2)

HST 329 Lynching in America 1865-1940 (3)

HST 348 Witch Crazes and Other ‘Great Fears’ in Europe and America (3)

IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity (3)

ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies (3)

JRN 301 Journalism Law and Ethics (3)

KNH 205 Understanding Drugs for the Health Promotion Professional (3)

MGT 402 Employment Law (3)

PHL 131 Problems of Moral and Social Values (3)

PHL 311 Ethical Theory (4)

PHL 312 Contemporary Moral Problems (4)

PHL 331 Political Philosophy (4)

PHL 335 Philosophy of Law (4)

POL 276 Homeland Security and Critical Incident Management (3)

POL 347 Women and the Law (3)

POL 351 Criminal Justice (4)

POL 352 Constitutional Law and Politics (4)

POL 387 Comparative Security Issues (3)

PSY 242 Abnormal Psychology (3)

PSY 328 Psychology of Stigma and Victimization (3)

Students may complete an independent study (SOC 177, 277, 377, 477) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by CDA).

Students may complete a special topics course (SOC 490) if content is relevant (must be pre-approved by CDA).

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