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Social Justice Studies

Steeped in AU's history and commitment to social justice

The Social Justice Studies program seeks to raise questions about structural inequality from a variety of perspectives, fostering dialogue across disciplinary boundaries and ideological lines. We want to engage students, faculty, and staff not in a particular political project but in a habit of critical inquiry, a willingness to examine our society and our own positions within it.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

none offered

Minor

Social Justice Studies

What Will You Learn?

In the Social Justice Studies minor, you will acquire familiarity with social movements and strategies that have been used historically to dismantle systemic inequality and to effect social change. You'll also examine your own identity and actions in light of your learning. You'll engage in experiential learning, getting outside of the classroom environment to develop and implement action plans and then reflect on your experience.

How Will You Learn?

The course of study will include both the breadth of a team-taught introductory core course and the depth and autonomy of a faculty-supervised capstone experience. You'll also take courses from a variety of disciplines and are strongly encouraged to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities.

Social Justice Teaching Collective

Throughout the program, you will work closely with faculty who participate in the Social Justice Teaching Collective. Instructors in the program meet regularly to share readings and exchange ideas, so the minor is more than a collection of isolated courses. You will learn from teachers who learn from each other.

Learning Outcomes

With the successful completion of the Social Justice Studies program, you'll have demonstrated an understanding of different concepts of justice, acquired familiarity with social movements and strategies that have been used historically to dismantle systemic inequality, and examined your own identities and actions in light of your learning.

Required Core

  • SJST 101 Introduction to Social Justice Studies
  • SJST 450 Independent Study
    or SJST 470 Practicum
  • Completion of Social Justice Studies Portfolio

Elective Courses

Beyond the core and capstone, students will satisfy this interdisciplinary minor’s requirements by completing 14 credits of coursework chosen, in consultation with their SJST minor advisor, from any of the SJST designated electives offered across a range of university disciplines.  At least 10 elective credits must be unique to the SJST minor (i.e., not double-counting toward any other major or minor).

Does a student have to take the core course before taking any electives?

No. However, we encourage students to take the core course as soon as possible.

Are there general education courses that might be useful for an SJST student to take?

We strongly recommend SOCI 110 as a foundational course, particularly because it's the prerequisite for advanced courses in Sociology that may be of interest to a student in the SJS program.

Do SJST electives double count for other majors or minors?

Four credits of SJST electives can double count for other majors and minors. At least ten elective credits must be unique to the SJST minor. (However, general education requirements can double-count as SJST electives.)

What can a student do with an SJST minor?

Students interested in working in government, in social work, as community activists or organizers, in non-profit work locally or NGO’s internationally—among other careers—would find an SJST minor valuable. An SJST minor will also help prepare students for graduate work of all kinds.

  • *Introduction to Social Justice Studies (SJST 101)
  • Enacting Social Justice Through Pop Culture (SJST 100)
  • Artists and Activists of the Harlem Renaissance (SJST 100)
  • Introduction to Sociology (SJST 110)
  • *Concepts of Service Learning (SJST 115)
  • *Introduction to Adult Development and Aging (SJST 118)
  • Performance Lab: Devised Theater (SJST 200)
  • The Harlem Renaissance (SJST 200)
  • Women and Gender in Society (SJST 201)
  • Speaking the Unspeakable: Argentina’s Literature of Dictatorship (SJST 213)
  • Exiled from Justice: Equatorial Guinean Writers in Africa and Spain (SJST 217)
  • *The Holocaust and Literature (SJST 226)
  • Social Psychology (SJST 282)
  • Design for Social Justice (SJST 300)
  • Les Femmes et la Justice Sociale (SJST 300)
  • *Equality (SJST 304)
  • *Post-World War II America (SJST 307)
  • Constitutional Law (SJST 316)
  • Modern Political Theory (SJST 341)
  • Sociology of Sex and Gender (SJST 346)
  • Social Movements (SJST 356)
  • Gender and Art History (SJST 382)
  • Girl Power in American Literature (SJST 400)
  • The 99%: Social Class in American Literature (SJST 400)
  • *Human Development: Exceptionality (SJST 456)
  • Gender, Race, Class and Media (SJST 465)

*offered in the Fall

Faculty / Staff

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Robert Stein

Assoc Professor Social Science

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