Social and Economic Justice Minor

Department of Sociology

http://www.unc.edu/depts/soc

155 Hamilton Hall, CB# 3210

(919) 962-1007

Sherryl Kleinman, Director of Social and Economic Justice

kleinman@email.unc.edu

Alanna Gillis, Assistant Director of Social and Economic Justice

alannag@live.unc.edu

Kenneth Andrews, Chair

kta1@email.unc.edu

Leah Elms, Student Services Manager

leahelms@email.unc.edu

The minor in social and economic justice is designed for students who want to understand how to think analytically about issues of justice and how perspectives on justice can be joined with the pursuit of it. An overarching objective is fostering attitudes and knowledge about human rights; racial, ethnic, and gender equality; economic justice; democratic participation; sustainable development; diversity; and peace. It is especially appropriate for students who anticipate working in advocacy roles in nonprofit organizations, in local communities, or in governmental organizations. In these inquiries about justice, students engage scholarship in a variety of disciplines and traditions of practice.

Department Programs

Majors

Minor

Graduate Programs

Requirements 

In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Four courses are required.

Core Requirements
One core course chosen from:3
Political Geography
Space, Place, and Difference
Philosophical Perspectives on Justice
Social and Economic Justice, Experiential Education
Social and Economic Justice
Three additional courses that cover at least two different areas (listed below)9
Total Hours12

Areas include Understanding Justice, Justice in Action, and the Context of Justice.

Service Learning Component

Students are required to complete one service-learning experience, a requirement that can be met in one of three ways.

  1. A student may take a course that includes a service-learning (APPLES) component.
  2. After seeking and receiving the approval of the director of the minor, a student may take a one- to three-credit independent studies or special topics course (summer or academic term) with a faculty member.
  3. A student may participate in the two-credit spring break course, HBEH 610, which meets the service-learning requirement but not a course requirement.

Note that core courses do not necessarily contain a service-learning component; check ConnectCarolina each semester to confirm that courses are listed as APPLES courses.

Thus, the minor is fulfilled with 12 to 13 credits, depending on whether the service-learning requirement is part of a three-credit course or is fulfilled in another way.

Understanding Justice

AAAD 260Blacks in Latin America3
AAAD 232/WGST 266Black Women in America3
AAAD/WGST 386Comparative Studies in Culture, Gender, and Global Forces3
AMST 57First-Year Seminar: Access to Higher Education3
ANTH 248Anthropology and Public Interest3
ANTH 422Anthropology and Human Rights3
ANTH 444Medicine, Politics, and Justice3
ANTH 539Environmental Justice3
ASIA/GEOG 267South Asia3
ECON 267Comparative Economic Systems 13
ECON 385Gender and Economics3
EDUC 533Social Justice in Education3
ENGL 271Mixed-Race America: Race in Contemporary American Literature and Culture3
GEOG 259Geography of Latin America3
GEOG 430Global Migrations, Local Impacts: Urbanization and Migration in the United States3
GEOG 448Transnational Geographies of Muslim Societies3
GEOG/PLAN 428Urban Social Geography: Global Cities3
GLBL 487Social Movements: Rethinking Globalization3
HIST 142Latin America under Colonial Rule3
HIST 143Latin America since Independence3
PHIL 170Social Ethics and Political Thought H3
PHIL 280Morality and Law H3
PHIL 476Recent Developments in Political Philosophy 13
PHIL 480Philosophy of Law3
PHIL/WGST 275Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society H3
POLI 276Major Issues in Political Theory H3
POLI 411Civil Liberties under the Constitution3
POLI 472Problems of Modern Democratic Theory H3
POLI/WGST 265Feminism and Political Theory3
SOCI 64First-Year Seminar: Equality of Educational Opportunity Then and Now3
SOCI 65First-Year Seminar: Environment, Health, and Justice3
SOCI 122Race and Ethnic Relations3
SOCI 414The City and Urbanization3
SOCI 417The City and Urbanization, Experiential Education3
SOCI 424Law and Society3
SOCI 469Health and Society3
SOCI/WGST 444Race, Class, and Gender3
SOWO 491Community Organizing for Social Change4
WGST/HIST 313Women and the Law in Africa and the Middle East3
WGST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

Have departmental requirements that may or may not be waived. Students should consult course descriptions and discuss requirements with the instructor.

Justice in Action

AAAD 403Human Rights: Theories and Practices in Africa3
AAAD/WGST 386Comparative Studies in Culture, Gender, and Global Forces 13
AMST 398Service Learning in America3
ANTH 142Local Cultures, Global Forces H3
ANTH 240Action Research3
ANTH/GEOG/GLBL/HIST/POLI 210Global Issues and Globalization3
COMM 53First-Year Seminar: Collective Leadership Models for Community Change3
COMM 260Introduction to Performance and Social Change3
COMM 625Communication and Nonprofits in the Global Context3
COMM 650Cultural Politics of Global Media Culture3
COMM/ENEC 375Environmental Advocacy3
DRAM 85First-Year Seminar: Documentary Theatre H3
DRAM 288Theatre for Social Change3
ECON 465Economic Development 13
GEOG 56First-Year Seminar: Local Places in a Globalizing World3
GEOG 458Urban Latin America: Politics, Economy, and Society 13
GEOG 650Technology and Democracy Research3
HIST/MNGT 365The Worker and American Life3
MEJO 141Media Ethics3
MEJO 340Introduction to Media Law: Journalism Focus3
MEJO 448Freedom of Expression in the United States3
PLCY 361Health Policy and Politics3
PLCY 580Implementing Change: Barriers and Opportunities in Policy, Government, and the Non-Profit Sector3
SOCI 411Social Movements and Collective Behavior3
SOCI 413Social Movements and Collective Behavior, Experiential3
SOCI 470Human Rights3
SOWO 490Preprofessional Special Topic1-6
SOWO 492Seminar in Service Learning1-6
WGST 281Gender and Global Change3
WGST 350Spitting in the Wind: "American" Women, Art, and Activism3
WGST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
WGST 465Gender, (Im)migration, and Labor in Latina Literature3
WGST 583Gender and Imperialism3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

Have departmental requirements that may or may not be waived. Students should consult course descriptions and discuss requirements with the instructor.

The Context of Justice

AMST 294American Studies Seminar on Aesthetic Perspective3
AMST/HIST 110Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America3
ANTH 103Anthropology of Globalization3
ANTH 120Anthropology through Expressive Cultures3
ANTH 467Culture, Wealth, and Poverty3
ANTH/PWAD 280Anthropology of War and Peace3
ASIA/GEOG 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
COMM 82First-Year Seminar: Food Politics from an Organizational Communication Perspective3
COMM 140Introduction to Media History, Theory, and Criticism H3
COMM 624Hate Speech3
ECON 480Labor Economics 13
ECON 586Economics of the Family 13
ECON/EURO/PWAD 460International Economics 13
ENEC/PLCY 520Environment and Development3
ENGL 265Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity H3
ENGL 269Introduction to Disability Studies3
ENGL 465Difference, Aesthetics, and Affect H3
ENGL/WGST 363Feminist Literary Theory H3
GEOG 123Cultural Geography3
GEOG 232Agriculture, Food, and Society3
GEOG 423Social Geography3
GEOG 452Mobile Geographies: The Political Economy of Migration3
GEOG 457Rural Latin America: Agriculture, Environment, and Natural Resources3
GEOG 470Political Ecology: Geographical Perspectives3
HIST 589Race, Racism, and America: (United States) Law in Historical Perspective3
HIST/WGST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
LING/GSLL 306Language and Nationalism3
MEJO 441Diversity and Communication3
MEJO/WGST 442Gender, Class, Race, and Mass Media3
POLI/WGST 217Women and Politics3
POLI/WGST 218Politics of Sexuality3
RECR 470Recreation and Leisure across the Lifespan3
SOCI 420Political Sociology3
SOCI 423Sociology of Education, Experiential Education3
SOCI 426Sociology of Education3
SOCI 468United States Poverty and Public Policy3
SOCI/MNGT 412Social Stratification3
SOCI/WGST 124Sex and Gender in Society3
H

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

1

Have departmental requirements that may or may not be waived. Students should consult course descriptions and discuss requirements with the instructor.

Depending on the topic, independent study, special topics, and internship courses may be approved to fulfill the requirements for the minor with the explicit permission of the director.

A student may major in sociology and minor in social and economic justice; however, a student cannot count toward graduation more than 45 hours in one department. All college requirements about minors apply. In addition, only one course that a student is using to meet a General Education Approaches requirement may also be used to meet a minor requirement.

See the program page here for special opportunities.