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Social Justice

School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
& School of Liberal Arts

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Students of the Social Justice minor are engaged in the crucial assessment of the various forms of injustices and the development of strategies to create and sustain a more equitable and just society. The Social Justice minor is designed so that students of any major can pursue it and enhance their course of study.

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The Social Justice Minor offers students an interdisciplinary experience that focuses on the goal and process of achieving equal rights and opportunities for all members of society. The curriculum emphasizes marginalized identities, social structure, and social change; the distribution of power, resources, and opportunities; and appropriate individual and collective remedies for social inequities.

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Customize Your Academic Journey

Whether you’re interested in combating social inequalities or seek to learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Marist’s Social Justice minor allows you to customize your academic journey to best suit your career goals. The Social Justice minor is open to all students from any major. Discover potential career paths below.

Criminal Justice Major, Social Justice Minor

Criminal Justice majors learn and apply critical thinking and criminological theory to address the issues pertinent to the creation of a just society. Paired with a Social Justice minor, students can expand their knowledge and understanding by pursuing classes such as Race and Crime and Juvenile Justice.

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Political Science Major, Social Justice Minor

Marist’s Political Science degree combines broad exposure to the discipline with the ability to specialize in a student's area of interest, which can help forge their career path. Political Science majors can pursue the Social Justice minor and participate in classes such as Gender & Law, Political Social Movement, and Politics of Human Rights.

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Psychology Major Social Justice Minor

The Psychology major is grounded in the history, theories, and methodology of psychology. With a varied curriculum, students are encouraged to pursue coursework that is centered around their interests. Combined with the Social Justice minor, students can participate in classes such as Culture and Psychology and Community Psychology.

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History Major, Social Justice Minor

History majors gain real-world knowledge and skills by exploring global history to gain a greater understanding of the world in an effort to create a better future. History majors can pursue the Social Justice minor and take classes such as Intro to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and History of American Manhood.

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Marist’s liberal arts curriculum is so unique because of our academic triangle approach: we encourage you to complement your major with an additional major, minor, or supplementary coursework, as well as internship and research experience to round out your educational career. This trifecta enhances your academics, opening up a wide range of career opportunities after you graduate. Take a look at some examples of how our students have been successful with this method:

  • English Major + Social Justice Minor = Journalist
  • Political Science Major + Social Justice Minor = Policy Analyst
  • Social Work Major + Social Justice Minor = Victim Advocate

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Develop the Skills to Set You Apart

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Social Awareness

Learn how multiple societal structures (family, gender, class, race, etc.) interact to determine social institutions and social behavior.

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Cultural Competence

Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.

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Scientific Reasoning

Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.

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