Social Justice Leadership Minor
The minor in social justice leadership engages students in an exploration of policies, power dynamics, institutions, and structures that promote or hinder equity and processes of change required for social justice. Students will examine various forms of injustice such as sexism, racism, classism, ableism, and environmental degradation. The minor is grounded in three pillars — a theory component, a leadership component, and experiential learning activities. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on disciplines such as anthropology, education, English, history, philosophy, political science, social work, and sociology. After completing the curriculum, students will have gained a historical perspective, theoretical understanding, and applied leadership skills. The minor certifies students' knowledge regarding, and commitment to, social justice leadership, which will be useful in postgraduate pursuits.
Five courses (20 credits)
Students must receive a grade of C- or better for a course to count toward the minor requirements.
- If women's studies is your FIRST or only major: No more than 8 credits may doublecount between first majors and minors. Thus, students who have women's studies as their FIRST or only major and are pursuing the social justice leadership minor can only doublecount up to two of the three required women's studies courses below. The third required course must be taken in addition to courses taken to fulfill major requirements.
- If women's studies is your SECOND major: there is no limit to the number of courses that can doublecount between second majors and minors.
one WS introductory level course
WS 401: Intro to Women's Studies
WS 405: Gender, Power & Privilege
one leadership in the real world course
WS 505: Leadership Part I
WS 796: Leadership Part II
WS 795: Independent Study
WS 796: Advanced Topics
WS 797: Internship
WS 798: Colloquium
or other relevant approved capstone dealing with social justice leadership issues
ADMN 444: Business for People, Planet, and Profits
The WS core faculty will consider approving other courses that include more than 50% of content related to Social Justice Leadership.
Once students have declared the minor, they are required to meet with the coordinator or appropriate affiliated faculty advisor at least once per semester for regular review of progress towards the degree.
Transfer credits may be approved by the coordinator to count towards the minor. If the transfer credit is accepted by the university and fits within the scope of the minor, it will be considered.