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 six tracks:

  1. Social Justice and Inequalities (Track 1),
  2. Crime, Law and Social Justice (Track 2),
  3. Women, Sexuality and Social Justice (Track 3),
  4. Global Peace and Social Justice (Track 4),
  5. Social Justice through Community Engagement (Track 5), or
  6. Global Human Rights and Justice (Track 6) – and a required praxis component.

Note: Required Social Justice Studies courses and related hours (excluding fieldwork) may not be taken credit/no-credit; however, hours in excess of the required minimum may be taken credit/no-credit. A GPA of at least 2.00 is required for this major, and only three hours of independent study may be included

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.

Program Requirements

(40 Semester hours)

Track 1- Social Justice and Inequalities

Core courses
SJS/SOC 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods3
STA 261Statistics4
Introductory courses
Select at least six credit hours of the following:6
Introduction to Disability Studies
Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity
Creating Global Peace
Introduction to Service-Learning
EMPOWER I: Educational and Economic Justice and Service-Learning
EMPOWER II: The Intersections of Race, Class, and Education
Critical Inquiry: Penny Lecture Series
Social Problems
Sociology of Gender
Sexualities
Work and Occupational Justice
Internship: An Introduction to Applied Sociology and Human Services (maximum four credit hours counts toward major)
Advanced courses
Select at least nine hours of the following:9
Social Entrepreneurship
Internship
Applied Topics in International Studies
Religions of the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
The Religious Roots of Anti-Semitism
Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice
Theory Into Action: Service-Learning
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
Methods of Social Justice Inquiry
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Social Forces and Aging
Race and Ethnic Relations
Family Poverty
Social Stratification
(Dis)Ability Allies: To be or not to be? Developing Identity and Pride from Practice
Sociology of Law
Economy and Society
Field Experience-Research
Gender and Aging
Interdisciplinary Synthesis and Action
Related hours
Select eight hours of the following:8
American Identities
Immigrant America
Peoples of the World
Cultural Diversity in the U.S.
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities
Introduction to Black World Studies
National Cinemas: African Film
Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color
Justice and the Law in Antiquity
Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America
Comparative Economic Systems
Economic Development
Poverty and Income Distribution
Labor Economics
Economics of Compensation
Introduction to Disability Studies
Environmental Law
Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups
Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families I
Serving and Supporting Children, Youth, and Families II
Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle
Social Welfare Policy II
Family Poverty
Geography of Urban Diversity
Global Change
Political Geography
Global Aging
Social Policy and Programs in Gerontology
Strength Through Cultural Diversity
Introduction to International Studies
Critical Perspectives on the Body
Latin America before 1910
Introduction to Latin America
Latino/a Literature and the Americas
Latin America in the United States
Latin American Diaspora: Communities, Conditions and Issues
Revolution in Latin America
Cuba in Revolution: Its History, Politics, and Culture
Introduction to Ethics
Ethical Theory
Contemporary Moral Problems
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Medical Ethics
Environmental Philosophy
American Politics and Diversity
Political Thinking
Classical Political Philosophy
Modern Political Philosophy
Global Gender Politics
Women and the Law
Global Governance
International Law
North American Politics: Unity and Diversity
Psychology Across Cultures
Religion, Dress, and Status
Introduction to Women's Studies
Introduction to GLBT Studies
Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality
Women, Gender and the Environment
Total Credit Hours39

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

Students may complete a special topics course (SOC 410/SOC 510, SOC 490/SOC 590) 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 470/SOC 470 can be substituted with SOC 451/FSW 451/FSW 551.

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

Core courses
SJS/SOC 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods3
STA 261Statistics4
Introductory courses
SOC 201Social Problems4
or SOC 202 Social Deviance
Advanced courses
Select four of the following:12-13
Life After Graduation: Careers in Sociology/Social Justice
Criminology
Systems of Justice
Topics in Criminology
Sociology of Law
Juvenile Delinquency
Field Experience in Sociology (maximum 4 credit hours counts toward major)
Family Violence
Related hours
Select 7 hours of the following:7
National Security Affairs and Preparation for Active Duty
Legal Environment of Business
Cyberlaw
Ethics, Law, & Business
Introduction to Business Law
Criminal Justice Administration
Technology, Ethics, and Global Society
Economic Analysis of Law
Transnational Youth Cultures
Child Maltreatment
Introduction to International Studies
Journalism Law and Ethics
Understanding Drugs for the Health Promotion Professional
Electronic Media Policy and Regulation
Employment Law
Introduction to Ethics
Ethical Theory
Contemporary Moral Problems
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Homeland Security and Critical Incident Management
Women and the Law
Criminal Justice
Constitutional Law and Politics
International Security Issues
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Stigma and Victimization
Methods of Social Justice Inquiry
Total Credit Hours39-40

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

Students may complete a special topics course (SOC 490/SOC 590) 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
SJS/SOC 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies 13
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods 13
STA 261Statistics 14
Required WGS courses
WGS 201Introduction to Women's Studies3
or WGS 202 Introduction to GLBT Studies
WGS 301Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality3
Elective WGS courses
Select six of the following:17
Sexualities
American Women Writers
British Women Writers
GLBTQ Literature
Women's Health Care: Problems and Practices
Women and (Dis)ability: Fictions and Contaminations of Identity
Geography and Gender
Native American Women
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
Psychology of Women
Religion, Dress, and Status
Women in the Bible
Global Gender Politics
Women and the Law
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America
Feminist Theory
Feminist Literary Theory and Practice
By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women
Engaged Learning Practicum
Indigenous Peoples and Their Sacred Lands
Queer Theory
Women, Gender and the Environment
Family Violence
Gender and Aging
Gender and Genre
Women, Gender Relations, and Sport
Methods of Social Justice Inquiry
Total Credit Hours39
1

For students enrolled in Track 3 only, course may be substituted with GER 309/ATH 309/SPN 303/ENG 303/CLS 303 and PHL 273.

Track 4: Global Peace and Social Justice

Note: This track has an embedded GEO minor.

Core courses
SJS 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods3
STA 261Statistics4
Global to Local Understanding
GEO 101Global Forces, Local Diversity3
or GEO 111 World Regional Geography: Patterns and Issues
GEO 159Creating Global Peace3
GEO 205Population and Migration3
GEO 211Global Change3
Regions and Cultures
Select at least one of the following:3-4
The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia
Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa
Geography of East Asia
Geography of Europe
Geography of the Silk Road (The Heart of Asia)
Advanced Regional Geography 1
Geographic Patterns and Processes
Select at least two of the following:6
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
Geography and Gender
Political Geography
Media Geographies
Women, Gender, and the Environment
Global Cities, World Economy
Cities of Difference
Advanced Systematic Geography 2
Global Periphery's Urbanization
Global Poverty
Scholarship and Practice
Select one to three of the following:1-11
Internship 2
Scholarship & Practice in Geography
Independent Studies 2
Senior Seminar 2
Total Credit Hours38-49
1

 Maximum 12 hours.

2

 Need approval of the CDA.

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 GEO major or select in consultation with the CDA).

Track 5: Justice in Urban Change

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

Core courses
SJS 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods3
STA 261Statistics4
Over-the-Rhine Residency Program
The residency program combines in-class instruction and community engagement. Specific course requirements differ for ARC majors and non-ARC majors. 115
Related hours
Select eight hours of the following:8
Economic Perspectives on Inequality in America
Sociocultural Studies in Education
Geography of Urban Diversity
Race, Urban Change, and Conflict in America
Global Poverty
Race and Ethnic Relations
Family Poverty
Social Stratification
Total Credit Hours39
1

For additional information, please contact the director of the Program, Dr. Tom Dutton, (duttonta@MiamiOH.edu).

Track 6: Global Human Rights and Justice

Core courses
SJS 165Introduction to Social Justice Studies3
SJS 323Social Justice and Change3
SJS 470Social/Political Activism3
SOC 262Research Methods3
STA 261Statistics4
Required ITS courses
ITS 201Introduction to International Studies3
ATH/ITS 301Intercultural Relations3
Elective courses
Select two of the following:6-7
Peoples of the World
Political Geography
World Politics
Globalization, Social Justice and Human Rights
Related hours
Select at least 11 hours of the following:11
Asia and Globalization
Travelers, Migrants, and Refugees: Transnational Migration and Diasporic Communities
Anthropology of Women's Health
Developing Solutions in Global Health
Identity, Race, Gender, Class
History of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 1400s to 1800s
Geography of Urban Diversity
Women, Gender, and the Environment
Global Aging
Age of Dictators: Europe 1914-1945
Applied Topics in International Studies
Feminist Theory
Global Gender Politics
Women and the Law
International Law
Sociology of Gender
Topics in Criminology
The Rise of Industrialism in East Asia
Work and Occupational Justice
Population
Introduction to the Sociology of Globalization
Economy and Society
Current Issues in Sociology (if relevant, must be approved by CDA)
Total Credit Hours39-40