Currently available through the design your degree option -

MST Concentration in Social Justice and Sociology

Through the designated concentration in Social Justice and Sociology (major) students will have the chance to turn their passion for change, human rights, and a more just world into a career. This interdisciplinary program has been designed to prepare students for the demands of a world where our awareness of inequality and capacity to address social issues have become globally interconnected. Through a variety of courses, chosen from among disciplines in the College of Arts and Science and the College of Health and Human Services, students will receive the theoretical, analytical, and experiential knowledge that will prepare them for advocacy and human rights work with local community organizations, as well as national and international non-governmental organizations, and institutions such as the United Nations. The major in Social Justice is designed to combine a strong theoretical understanding of ideas of social justice with experiential learning through practical application.

Due to the unique nature of Social Justice and the diversity of the fields it connects, the program is structured to give students a solid foundation in Sociology along with the option of customizing their major in order to focus on the issues or areas that most appeal to them. Although the program offers a designated curriculum, selected advisors will work closely with each student, so that his/her interests shape an individual experience as a path to a meaningful future. The flexible nature of the program provides students with the ability to select and complete a variety of minors to complement their Multidisciplinary Studies BA/BS.

Example Curriculum:

Total: 51 Credits | Core: 24 Credits

SOC 101 or MST 101

MST 401

SOC 110: United States and Global Diversity

SOC 220: Contemporary Social Problems

SOC 302: Work Employment and Society (UDI)

SOC 390: Social Stratification and Inequality

SOC 465: Comparative Societies

SOC 443: Gender Stratification OR MST 301

Pick Two (Six credits)

AHS 210: Principles of Environmental Health

AHS 220: Public Health Concepts

BIO 455: Humans and the World Environment

ENVI 460: Conservation and Sustainability of Natural Resources

PHIL 302: Medical Ethics

PHIL 425: Bioethics of Genome Science

Pick Two (Six credits)

GNDR 200: Introduction to Gender Studies and SR


GNDR 450: Student Activism in Theory and Practice (UDI)

GNDR 301

ECON 353: Gender and Economics

PHIL 324: Feminist Philosophies

Pick Three (Nine credits)

AFRI 212: African American Cultural Traditions

AFRI 213: Black American Writers

AFRI 383/ENG 346: Modern Black American Literature

HIST 331: American Workers Fight For Justice

HIST 320: Comparative Slavery (UDI)

HIST 350: Democracy as a way of Life (UDI)

HIST 433: Labor History US

HIST 336: 1960”s Counterculture and Protest (UDI)

AFRI 433: Race Nationality

COMM 204: Media and Society                                          

COMM 416: Cross-Cultural Comm

COMM 428: Media and Identity

ENG 340: Multicultural Am Lit

*Special Topics approved: HIST 498: Topics: African History Literature/Memoir/Film (African Women’s History)

HIST 113: Topics (The 70’s) (Immigrant America) (History of Islamic Civilization) (Civil Rights Movement)(American Indians)(Comparative Genocide)

Pick Two (Six credits): Personal and Professional Development

PHIL 201: Ethics and the Good Life And SR

PHIL 303: Ethics and Animals

PHIL 313: Philosophy of Religion (UDI)

CRM 100: Individuals, Society and Justice

MKTG 310: Marketing for Non-Profit & Service Orgs        

RCSM 150: Introduction to Non Profit Leadership and Management

RCSM 440: Volunteer Management 3 Credits

SWRK 252: Social Welfare and Social Work

CRM 423: Juvenile Delinquency

CRM 375: Victimology

CRM 431: Community Based Corrections

SOC 469: Sociology of Sport

SWRK 270: Ethno-Cultural Issues

HRD 355: Work Life Integration

MST 101: Topics

MST 301: Topics

SOC 400: Individual Studies (Internship)

OR One of the Above Plus

RCSM 310: Nonprofit Leadership Practicum I  (1 credit)
RCSM 410: Nonprofit Leadership Practicum II (1 credit)
RCSM 462: Nonprofit Leadership Professional Experience (1 credit)

* students seeking the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance certification are required to work 300 hours for a nonprofit organization

Pick ONE (three hours):

A course in research methods or statistics

PSY 375, SOC 329, SOC 380, SOC 381, MATH 241, ECON 370,AHS 340/AHS 341, PSCI 245, BIO 485, HIST 300, CRM 396, or COM 305 Media Research