Social Justice Minor

University at Buffalo

Date Posted: Sept. 5, 2019
Submitted by: Genevieve LaMarr LeMee
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


The Minor in Social Justice focuses on the causes and consequences of social injustices and gives students the knowledge to analyze social injustices and to work to combat them. Career fields such as legislative advocacy, politics, government service, human services, human rights, community organization, social work and law are areas for post-graduation employment. It is also an appropriate area of concentrated study for students whose plans include graduate training in sociology, social work, or law or who are interested in pursuing advanced training in any of the wide range of public policy, law, or justice professions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Social Justice, students should be able to: Think critically and sociologically about social injustices and inequities. Understand the intersection of socially and culturally constructed identities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age, and religion. Understand the categories of discrimination and their effects, including but not limited to racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism. Understand the role of social science in the development of an informed approach to social justice. Know how to acquire and evaluate data associated with social justice issues, and acquire the skills needed to assess the validity and reliability of such data. Gain significant practical experience doing social justice service and/or advocacy work.

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