Social Justice and Civic Engagement

Are you passionate about working to create a better world?
Do you believe that one person really can make a difference?
Do you want to add depth, value and humane insights to your major field of study?

The social justice and civic engagement minor (SJCE) allows students to deepen their civic engagement and service to the community while studying emerging research in the field of social justice. Students will study the roots of social inequality and injustice and how to pursue justice in the world. Topics such as: service, social justice, global injustice, public ethics, civic engagement, human rights, social change, and global pursuit of the common good will be introduced.

SJCE provides a capstone experience for students to do community-based research. In addition, students are encouraged to develop an ethically responsible personal and cultural stance through community-based learning and civic engagement.

MaDonna Thelen
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Career Opportunities

This minor benefits students who have a passion for social justice; who want to make a difference or deepen their engagement in the community and who are interested in pursuing social work, law, education, or ministry; who are concerned about global affairs, international relations, human rights; or who wish to become leaders, entrepreneurs, social workers, or community organizers.

Social Justice and Civic Engagement provides excellent preparation for many different types of careers, including:

  • Nonprofit Organizational Leadership
  • Governmental Institutions
  • Community Organizing
  • Teaching
  • Urban Planning
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Ministry
  • Contemporary Social Sciences
  • Criminology
  • Social Work