Social Justice


Dr. Anna J. Brown, Director

The Social Justice Program offers a multi-disciplinary minor that emphasizes the thought and work of social justice, the thought and practice of nonviolence and peacemaking, and the peace and justice teachings of the world’s faith traditions. The aim of the social justice project, within the Jesuit tradition, is to appreciate the dignity of each person, to understand the systemic causes of social oppression, to dismantle unjust social structures, and to imagine and create social structures that uplift the human family as well as the earth.

Social justice students are encouraged to engage in our numerous social justice workshops and lectures, local, national, and international works of service and justice, and seminars on nonviolence and peacemaking.

Each year during the Michaelmas ceremony, the Social Justice Program awards the Philip Berrigan Social Justice Award to that social justice student who excels both in academic and social justice work.

Requirements for Minor in Social Justice

SJ/PO-250Introduction to Social Justice3
Select one of the following urban internships designated as Service Learning3
Urban Internship
Urban Internship
Take the following Faith and Justice elective:3
Christian Medical Ethics
Select one of the following Politics, Economics and the Environment electives:3
Economic Development
Biological Issues: Decisions and Ethics
Globalization and Fieldwork Seminar
Select one of the following Social Diversity and Stratification electives:3
Poverty and Inequality
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Studies
Haitians in America
Ethnicity and Race in Urban History
Ethnic and Racial Relations
Issues in the Latino Community
Select one of the following Social Movements and Change electives:3
U.S. Civil Rights Movement
Introduction to Nonviolence
Social Work in Urban Systems
Peace and Justice Issues Within Political Theory
Vietnam and the U.S.
Seminar: Political Poetry and Music
Total Credits18