To declare a minor in Social Justice, please visit the Rutgers myMajor system.

 For more information, please visit the SAS Student Page.

Minor requirements:

(effective Spring 2009)

Students are required to complete six 3-credit courses (with a grade of C or better) in the minor, for a total of 18 credits; 9 credits must be in required 904 courses and 9 credits must be in courses that fulfill at least two of the learning goals listed below.

904:201 Introduction to Social Justice (3 credits)

904:202 Practicing Social Justice (3 credits)

904:401/402 Social Justice Capstone Seminar

988:422 CLASP Seminar/Internship in Women's and Gender Studies

988:426 Internship for IWL Scholars

Elective courses (9 credits)

Choice of three electives from the approved listed (below). To qualify as a social justice elective, a course must fulfill at least two of the following learning goals:
- Critically engage histories and geographies of domination;
- Critically engage particular population's experiences of oppression;
- Explore theories of justice in relation to reduction of social inequalities;
- Examine policy alternatives that foster colletive action or redistributive effects.




Offered Courses:

01:904:201 Introduction to Social Justice (3)

Through case studies of pressing social justice issues, examines dynamics of oppression, linking competing theories of social justice to hierarchies grounded in race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, class, and sexuality, and to particular strategies for social transformation.

01:904:202 Practicing Social Justice (3)
Introduces students to diverse practices of social justice activism including grassroots organizing, labor organizing, political organizing, and transnational organizing. Readings about social change efforts  are combined with student participation in community mobilizations, labor organizing efforts, political campaigns, and transnational social movement and nongovernmental organization (NGO) activism.

01:904:391,392 Topics in Social Justice (1.5,1.5)
Intensive investigation of particular social justice issues such as environmental justice, outsourcing of reproductive labor, the informal economy, the prison-industrial complex. Topic varies each semester.  Designed for social justice living-learning communities.
01:904:401,402 Social Justice Capstone Seminar (3,3)
In-depth exploration of a particular social justice issue such as globalizing inequality, gendered migration, war and displacement, refugee camps, militarization, the color of AIDS, asylum seeking, the prison-industrial complex. Topic varies with instructor. See website for details.
01:904:493,494 Social Justice Independent Study (3,3)
Supervised individual study of selected topics of interest with extensive reading and a research paper. Reserved for social justice minors.


Preliminary List of Approved Elective Courses:

Africana Studies

01:014:208 Sociology of Black Economic Development

01:014:212 Politics and Power in Modern Africa

01:014:255 History of Black Education in the US

01:014:276 Black Social/Political Development

01:014:347 Health Issues African American Communities

01:014:353 Black Community Law Social Change

01:014:355 Blacks & Economic Structures

01:014:365 Black Migration and Urbanization

01:014:371 African Development

01:014:376 Pan African Movement


American Studies

01:050:240 Latino/Latina American Culture

01:050:305 Images & Narratives of War

01:050:324 Wayward Americans

01:050:325 Women on the Fringe

01:050:331 Ethnic America

01:050:376 Native American Lit in English

01:050:342 American Sexuality

01:050:346 Culture of US Imperialism



01:070:216 Anthropology of Modern Problems

01:070:222 Anthropology of Sex and Eroticism

01:070:223 Anthropology of Latin America

01:070:303 Wealth and Culture

01:070:305 Anthropology of Development

01:070:312 Languages and Social Diversity

01:070:319: Anthropology and Human Rights

01:070:320 Diaspora, Multiculturalism and Ethnicity in the US

01:070:324 Globalization, Sex, and Families

01:070:338 Anthropology of African People

01:070:372 Anthropology of the Body

01:070:374 Local Global Systems

01:070:376 Power and Difference

01:070:378 Anthropology of Gender

01:070:379 Gender and Power in Africa

01:070:389 Ethnography of Gender in South Asia

01:070:406 Rights and Wrongs of Indigenous Peoples

01:070:486 Gender, Development, Environment


Art History

01:082:332 African American Art


Criminal Justice

01:202:301 Human Rights and Criminal Remedies

01:202:327 Sex, Crime, and Justice

01:202:425 Race, Crime, and Justice

01:202:405 Ideas in Justice



01:220:302 Labor Economics

01:220:316 Health Economics

01:220:331 Economics of Crime

01:220:363 Economics of Taxation

01:220:375 Women and the Economy



01:350:369 Black Writers & the Sixties

01:350:371 Black Women Writers

01:350:370 Black Music and Lit

01:350:372 Lit of the Black World

01:350:376 Issues & Problems in Black Lit

01:351:366 Migration and Diaspora

01:351:376 Native American Literatures in English

01:351:377 Asian-American Literatures in English

01:351:460 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature

01:353:320 Marxist Literary Theory

01:353:426 Colonial and Postcolonial Theory

01:354:375 Film & Society



01:420:410 Sub-Saharan African Literature

01:420:411 North African Literature

01:420:413 Caribbean Literature



01:450:338 Geography of Africa

01:450:360 Cultural and Political Ecology

01:450:361 Gendered Geographies

01:450:363 Geography of Development



01:506:110 Age of European Global Expansion

01:506:114 World Civilization

01:506:221 History of Exploration

01:506:224 Slavery in World History

01:506:321 Disease in History

01:506:324 History of HIV/AIDS

01:506:330 African Diaspora Liberation Movement

01:506:361 Socialism and Communism

01:506:363 Imperialism

01:506:364 Colonialism to Globalization

01:508:222 Modern Africa

01:508:224 Women & Gender in Africa

01:508:260 Colonial Latin America

01:508:262 Modern Latin America

01:508:264 Latin America & the US

01:508:271 History of Caribbean to 1898

01:508:272 History of Caribbean Since 1898

01:508:280 Native American History I

01:508:281 Native American History II

01:508:300 Arab-Israeli conflict

01:508:305 Modern Middle East

01:508:307 Women in Middle East

01:508:321 African Cultural History

01:508:322 West Africa

01:508:325 Africa 15-19th Century

01:508:326 Islam in Africa

01:508:327 Africa WWII

01:508:330 Women in Mod S. Asia

01:508:332 S. Asian Slavery

01:508:335 Modern S. Asia

01:508:336 South Asia 1947-pres

01:508:364 Environmental History of Latin America

01:508:365 Revolutionary Latin America

01:508:367 Afro-Latin American Experience

01:508:368 Social History of Latin America

01:508:369 Gender in Latin America

01:508:370 History of Cuba

01:508:371 History of Puerto Rico

01:508:372 History: Dominican Republic

01:508:383 History of Native American Women

01:508:420 African Labor History

01:510:224 Gender & Society in Europe

01:510:261 History of the Holocaust

01:512:121 Health and Environment in America

01:512:316 Radicalism in America

01:512:322 Drugs, Medicine, and Society in US

01:512:360 Latino History

01:512:364 Blacks in Urban America

01:512:366 Race & Sex in America

01:512:368 Civil Rights 1900-80

01:512:369 Afro American History I

01:512:370 Afro American History II

01:512:375 Gay and Lesbian History in the US

01:512:380 Women in American History I

01:512:381 Women in American History II


Jewish Studies

01:563:261 History of the Holocaust

01:563:300 Arab-Israeli Conflict

01:563:356 Jews in American Society

01:563:359 Blacks & Jews in American History

01:563:375 Jewish Immigrant Experience

01:563:385 History of East European Jews

01:563:389 Jewish Politics/Power


Labor Studies

37:575:201 Development of Labor Movement

37:575:202 Development of Labor Movement

37:575:303 Black Workers in American Society

37:575:307 Latino Workers in U. S.

37:575:309 Working Women in American Society

37:575:320 Immigrant Workers and their Rights

37:575:322American Labor Unions in Politics

37:575:335 Women & Labor, U. S. & Global

37:575:357 Social Movements, Social Change & Work

37:575:359 Organizing for Social Change

37:575:360 Union Organizing

37:575:363 Labor & the Global Economy

37:575:364 Diversity at Work


Latino, Hispanic and Caribbean Studies

01:595:201 Caribbean Women in the US

01:595:204 History of the Caribbean to 1898

01:595:205 History of the Caribbean since 1898

01:595:299 Latinos in Community

01:595:327 Gender, Sex, and Representation in Latino Communities

01:595:371 History of Puerto Rico

01:595:372 History of the Dominican Republic

01:595:390 History of Cuba

01:595:298 Latinos & Migration

01:595:300 Slavery in Caribbean

01:595:326 Gender and Sexualities in the Caribbean

01:595:329 Latino Politics in the US

01:595:370 Law & Latino Communities in the US



01:730:105 Current Moral and Social Issues

01:730:106 Current Moral and Social Issues

01:730:258 Philosophy & the Black Experience

01:730:330 The Ethics of War

01:730:342 Social and Political Philosophy

01:730:343 Marx & Marxism

01:730:346 Rights, Justice and Equality

01:730:347 Philosophical Issues in Feminism

01:730:250 Environmental Ethics


Political Science

01:790:317 Globalization in the Non-Western World

01:790:328 Conflict & Change in the Caribbean

01:790:329 Latino Politics in the US

01:790:333 American Race Relations

01:790:334 Politics of Black America

01:790:350 Environmental Politics in the US and Internationally

01:790:351 Contemporary Politics of the Middle East

01:790:355 Women & Public Policy

01:790:357 Comparative Political Economy

01:790:358 Globalization Democracy and Contemporary Capitalism

01:790:377 Marx & Marxist Theory

01:790:404 Politics of Criminal Justice

01:790:406 Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

01:790:409 Courts & Public Policy

01:790:424 Gender & Political Economy

01:790:437 Politics of American Capitalism



01:920:108 Minority Groups in American Society

01:920:270 Sociology of the Third World

01:920:306 Race Relations

01:920:321 Urban Development and Community Change

01:920:332 Social Inequalities

01:920:375 Economic Sociology

01:920:440 Sexuality and Society


Spanish & Portuguese

01:940:460 Race, Class and Ethnicity in Latin America

01:940:462 Environment and Literature


Women’s & Gender Studies

01:988:106Women in the Global Economy

01:988:235 Dynamics of Race, Class and Sex

01:988:285 Lesbians and Gay Men in Society

01:988:303 Global Feminisms

01:988:310 South Asian Feminisms

01:988:312 African Feminisms

01:988:321 Queer Contexts

01:988:331 Theorizing Gender and Sexuality

01:988:332 The Color of AIDS: The Politics of Race During the AIDS Crisis

01:988:329 Race, Gender, Nation

01:988:337 Globalization, Sex and the Family

01:988:368 Producing Identities

01:988:371 Making Change

01:988:372 Contemporary Feminist Activism

01:988:394 Black Women in the US

01:988:395 Sex, Race and Videotape

01:988:405 Gender and Human Rights

01:988:429 Engendering Development

01:988:480 Ethics & Leadership

01:988:482  Feminism, Policy and the Poor

01:988:486 Gender, Development, Environment