Minor in Social Justice

The social justice minor is designed to give non-social work majors the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about social justice in the person-environment context. Social justice involves the idea that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical social benefits, protections and opportunities regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups. Recognizing that the world is not perfect, the primary goals for the minor in social justice are to enhance sensitivity to vulnerable and at-risk populations, to provide opportunity for critical review of social policies and the allocation of societal resources and to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process.

Students who complete the social justice minor may not refer to themselves as BSW-level social workers upon graduation.

A minimum of 15 hours, comprised of the courses below, is required to complete the Social Justice minor. Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA to apply for and earn the minor. Note that students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses and a maximum of 6 credit hours from transfer institutions may be applied toward the Social Justice minor.

Minor core requirements
SOC_WK 1115Social Welfare and Social Work3
SOC_WK 2220Human Behavior and the Environment3
SOC_WK 2000Exploration in Social and Economic Justice3
or SOC_WK 4710 Social Justice and Social Policy
Social work electives
Select two of the following:6
Topics in Social Work
Addiction Treatment and Prevention
Deaf Culture: A Social Work Perspective
Working with Minority Youth
Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment
Social Work Practice With Minorities: African-American Emphasis
Helping Strategies With Children and Adolescents
Domestic Violence
Law and Social Work Practice
International Social Work Practices and Principles
Professional Perspectives on Child Welfare Services in the 21st Century
Latino/a Immigrants and Receiving Communities
Total Credits15

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