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Undergraduate

Social Justice: Race, Class, Gender, Ability*

Whether writers depict injustice as arising from constraining social identities, from institutional practices, or from human nature itself, engaging with their work can be a step toward justice itself. The courses in this specialization take that step as they explore the ways novels, poems, speeches, songs, and essays cast a spotlight on injustices and help us imagine a more just world.

Some courses also take a further step and provide opportunities for students to work outside the classroom and seek justice through community service.  These opportunities can be found in the English Department but also in such programs as Civic Engagement and Service-Learning.

Requirements (3 courses)

Students must complete a minimum of three courses with a minimum of grade of ‘C’. Students may take only one course at the 200-level; the other two must be at the
300-level or above. One course may be outside the English Department with approval from the appropriate faculty advisor.

  • 1 course at the 200-level or higher
  • 2 courses at the 300-level or higher

*The identities included in this specialization are not limited to these four and may well extend to other forms of oppression within American society or societies worldwide.

For further information, contact one of the Directors of the Social Justice specialization: