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 five 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), or Social Justice through the School of Social Life (Track 5)– 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.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice Studies meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following courses: SJS 165, SJS 323, and SJS 470.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice Studies meet the College of Arts and Science quantitative literacy requirement by completing SOC 262.

Program Requirements: Basic Major

(40 Semester hours)

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

STA 261 Statistics (4)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

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

SJS 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

Track 1- Social Justice and Inequalities

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Take at least 6 credit hours from the following list:

SJS 103 Introduction to Community Service and Learning (2)

SJS 159 Creating Global Peace (3)

SOC 201 Social Problems (4)

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

SOC 203 Sociology of Gender (3)

SJS 215 EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning (2)

SJS 216 EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education (2)

SOC 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 265 Critical Inquiry: The Penny Lecture Series (2)

SOC 278 Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity (3)

ADVANCED COURSES: Take at least 9 hours from the following list:

ESP 464 Social Entrepreneurship (3)

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

SJS 497 Methods of Social Justice Inquiry (3)

SOC 305 Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization (3)

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

SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

SOC 362 Family Poverty (3)

SOC 372 Social Stratification (3)

SOC 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 463 Gender and Aging (3)

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

WST 341 Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action (3)

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

AMS 301 American Identities (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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.

Core Courses:Take ALL of the following (17 credit hours):

SJS 165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

SJS 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Take ONE of these (4 credit hours)

SOC 201 Social Problems (4) or

SOC 202 Social Deviance (4)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: 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 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)

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)

SJS 497 Methods of Social Justice Inquiry (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).

Track 3: Women, Sexuality and Social Justice

Note: This track has an embedded WGS minor.

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

SJS 165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

SJS 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

Note: For students enrolled in Track 3 only, courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be substituted with GER/ATH 309: Introduction to Linguistics (4) and PHL 273: Formal Logic (4).

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Take either 201 or 202; 301 is required (6 credit hours)

WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3) or

WGS 202 Introduction to GLBT Studies (3)

WGS 301 Women and Difference (3)

INTRODUCTORY COURSES: Take 6 of these (at least 17 credit hours)

WGS/SOC/FSW 221 Human Sexuality (3)

WGS/ENG 232 American Women Writers (3)

WGS/ENG 233 British Women Writers (3)

WGS 237 GLBTQ Literature (3)

WGS 243 Women's Health Care: Problems and Practices (3)

WGS 278 Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity (3)

WGS 302 Gender and Geography (3)

WGS 309 Native American Women (3)

WGS 325 Identity: Race, Gender, Class (3)

WGS 326 Psychology of Women (3)

WGS 333 Religion, Dress, and Status (3)

WGS 335 Women and the Bible (3)

WGS 346 Global Gender Politics (3)

WGS 347 Women and the Law (3)

WGS 351 Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America (3)

WGS 355 Feminist Theory (4)

WGS 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (3)

WGS 383 By and About Afro-Brazilian Women (3)

WGS 402 Engaged Learning Practicum (1-6)

WGS 406 Indigenous Peoples and their Sacred Land (3)

WGS 435 Queer Theory (3)

WGS 436 Women, Gender and the Environment (3)

WGS 451 Family Violence (3)

WGS 463 Gender and Aging (3)

WGS 468 Gender and Genre (3)

WGS 475 Women, Gender Relations and Sport (3)

WGS 497 Methods of Social Justice Inquiry (3)

Track Four: Global Peace and Social Justice

Note: This track has an embedded GEO minor.

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

SJS 165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

SJS 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

Global to Local Understanding: (Take all four courses, 12 credit hours)

GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity (3) or

GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues (3)

GEO 159 Creating Global Peace (3)

GEO 205 Population and Migration (3)

GEO 211 Global Change (3)

Regions and Cultures: (select at least one course, 3-4 credit hours)

GEO 208 The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia (3)

GEO 301 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa (4)

GEO 307 Geography of Central and Eastern Europe, and Russia (3)

GEO 308 Geography of East Asia (3)

GEO 311 Geography of Europe (3)

GEO 408 Geography of the Silk Road (The Heart of Asia) (3)

GEO 410 Advanced Regional Geography (1-4; maximum 12)

Geographic Patterns and Processes: (select at least two courses,6 credit hours)

GEO 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation (3)

GEO 302 Geography and Gender (3)

GEO 378 Political Geography (3)

GEO 385 Media Geographies (3)

GEO 405 The Caribbean in Global Context (3)

GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment (3)

GEO 457 Global Cities, World Economy (3)

GEO 458 Cities of Difference (3)

GEO 475 Global Periphery's Urbanization (3)

GEO 476 Global Poverty (3)

GEO 460 Advanced Systematic Geography (1-4) (need approval of the CDA)

Scholarship and Practice (select 1-3 courses, 1-11 credit hours)

GEO 395 Scholarship and Practice in Geography (1)

GEO 340 Internship (need approval of the CDA. 3-6)

GEO 491 Geography Senior Capstone (need approval of the CDA, 4)

GEO 477 Independent Study (need approval of the CDA, 1-3)

Note: Students are encouraged to participate in FIELD STUDY ABROAD and apply credits and experiences toward the program (must be pre-approved by CDA).

Note: Complete required hours from approved electives (see full curriculum for the major or select in consultation with the CDA).

Track 5: Social Justice through Community Engagement

Note: This course has an embedded thematic sequence, the Over-the-Rhine residency program.

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

SOC 262 Research Methods (4)

SJS 165 Introduction to Social Justice Studies (3)

SJS 323 Social Justice and Change (3)

SJS 470 Social/Political Activism (3)

STA 261 Statistics (4)

Complete the Over-the-Rhine Residency Program (15 credit hours)

The residency program combines in-class instruction and community engagement. Specific course requirements differ for ARC majors and non-ARC majors. For additional information, please contact the director of the Program, Dr. Tom Dutton, (duttonta@miamioh.edu).

Related Hours: Complete the required 8 additional hours from this list:

ECO 131 Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America (3)

EDL 204 Socio-cultural Studies in Education (3)

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

GEO 201 Geography of Urban Diversity (3)

GEO 455 Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America (3)

GEO 476 Global Poverty (3)

SOC 362 Family Poverty (3)

SOC 372 Social Stratification (3)

SOC 348 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)

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