As our country, state, community and campus increasingly face issues related to inequality and diversity, the social justice minor addresses the ever-present need to educate students about global citizenship. Students in the social justice minor will investigate a broad understanding of theories and concepts of social justice and articulate a variety of perspectives on social justice through classes that address crucial social issues in diverse voices (interdisciplinary nature: sociological, political, psychological, historical, etc.).

The social justice minor will also help students learn how to critically apply theories of social justice to the content covered in one of the three focus areas. The social justice minor supports and encourages the study of advocacy for social justice and activism. Not only will the minor expose students to diverse content and topics but will prepare them for applied understanding and implementation of theory and content and the potential to contribute directly to the realization of social justice.

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UNI social justice students develop skills employers want, like critical thinking and analytical reasoning, teamwork and leadership, empathy and emotional intelligence, and social justice awareness.


Social justice is a great minor to pair with almost any other major, from business, to communications, anthropology, psychology and many more. UNI’s sociology program also offers multiple certificates for a customized path of study.


Whether in the classroom, working on research, diving into a new project or helping you plan your next internship, these professors will greatly impact your future potential. 

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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology
​Bartlett 1126
Cedar Falls, IA 50614

Phone: 319-273-2786
Fax: 319-273-7104

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Required Coursework

SOC 1000 Introduction to Sociology 3
or SOC 1060 Social Problems
SOC 4053 Social Justice Seminar 3

Electives in Sociology: 9

SOC 3037/5037 Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice
SOC 3060/5060 Sociology of Culture
SOC/ANTH 3080 Immigration and Transnationalism
SOC 3086/5086 Medical Sociology
SOC 3087/5087 Society and Mental Illness
SOC 4005/5005 Refugees and Humanitarianism
SOC 4051/5051 Sociology of Gender

Electives: 2 classes in one of the following Focus Areas: 6

Focus Area 1: Intersectionalities of Race, Class, Gender and Sexualities

COMM 4346/5346 Gender Issues in Communication
CRIM 4331/5331 Women, Crime and Society
HIST 4260/5260 United States Women's History
HIST 4690/5690 Modern European Women's History
POL GEN 4175/5175 Women in Politics
SW 2045/SOC SCI 1045 American Racial and Ethnic Minorities
WGS 1040 Women's and Gender Studies: Introduction
WGS 2040 Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

Focus Area 2: Social Inequality, Power and Privilege

CRIM 2022 Criminal Justice System
HIST 4280/5280 The American Radical Tradition
PH 3330/5330 Minority Health
POL AMER 3132 Community Politics
POL AMER 3144 Civil Rights and Liberties
POL COMP 3125 Politics of Nonviolence
POL THRY 1050 Introduction to Political Theory: Freedom, Justice and Power
SW 4163 Diversity and Difference

Focus Area 3: Global Connections & Culture

ANTH 3001 Language and Culture
ANTH 4010/5010 Climate Change, Human Migration and Conflict
COMM 4446/5446 Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
COMM 4447/5447 Performance and Social Change
GEOG 2210 Modern Climate Change: Evidence and Predictions
HIST 4170/5170 U.S. Environmental History
PH 3340/5340 International Health
PHIL/RELS 1540 Ethics in Business
PHIL/RELS 2550 Environmental Ethics
POL INTL 4125/5125 Politics of International Development

Total Hours 21