Other Concentrations

Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration

The social justice and human rights concentration is designed to cultivate a deep theoretical understanding of the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of a wide array of social injustices and human rights issues. Students are engaged in the applied process of imagining and actualizing holistic and complex strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: 36

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this degree must successfully complete 36 credits of graduate coursework in one of the concentrations which follow. Students must submit a curriculum worksheet that has been approved by their concentration head and the director. All students complete their work in the program with a project or thesis.

Concentration in Social Justice and Human Rights (SJHR)

The social justice and human rights concentration is designed to cultivate a deep theoretical understanding of the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of a wide array of social injustices and human rights issues. Students are engaged in the applied process of imagining and actualizing holistic and complex strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

Required Course of Proseminar

MAIS 796 MAIS ProSeminar 1
Total Credits 1

Core Courses

Foundational Course  
INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights 3
Social Justice and Human Rights Courses  
INTS 537 Critical Race Studies 3
Choose one of the following: 3
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 1  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines  
Social Justice and Human Rights Issues and Movements  
Select one course from the following: 3
EDUC 892
Social Justice and Equity in International Education  
GOVT 727
Restorative Justice  
Access and Social Justice  
Animal Rights: Issues and Movements  
INTS 538
Representations of Race  
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives  
Special Topics 2  
other relevant course chosen in consultation with the concentration head
 
Total Credits 12
1

When topic is Queer Theory.

2

When topic is Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights; or Gender, Sexuality, and Disability.

Emphasis Courses

Select 9 credits of courses with an emphasis on a specific social justice or human rights issue or context or a specific region, chosen in consultation with the concentration head. 1 9
Total Credits 9
1

Examples of issue emphases include racial justice, human trafficking, or children's rights. Context emphases examples include the education, corporate, or government sector. Regional emphases examples include the Middle East, Latin America, or Southeast Asia.

Electives

Students complete 6 or 9 elective credits from the following or other relevant courses chosen in consultation with the concentration head. Students who do a project for the capstone will complete 9 credits. Students who do a thesis for their capstone will complete 6 credits. 6-9
Culture, Power, and Conflict  
Climate Change and Sustainability Communication Campaigns  
Special Topics in Communication 1  
CONF 658
Diversity and Difference in Conflict Analysis and Resolution  
CONF 682
Principles of Environmental Conflict Resolution  
CONF 702
Peace Studies  
CONF 707
Gender and Violence  
CONF 708
Identity and Conflict  
CONF 709
War, Violence, and Conflict Resolution  
CONF 720
Ethnic and Cultural Factors in Conflict Resolution  
CONF 721
Conflict and Race  
CONF 722
Conflict and Religion  
CONF 723
Conflict and Gender  
CONF 728
Human Rights Theory and Practice in Comparative Perspective  
CONF 730
Structural Sources of Conflict  
CONF 739
Collective Action, Social Movements, and Globalization  
CONF 746
Peace Building  
EDUC 537
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
EDUC 606
Education and Culture  
EDUC 797
Advanced Topics in Education 2  
EDUC 874
The Achievement Gap  
EDUC 886
School Reform in the United States: Politics and Policies  
EDUC 887
Neighborhood, Community, Education Policy  
EDUC 892
Social Justice and Equity in International Education  
EDUC 894
Seminar in Multicultural Education  
Special Topics in the History and Criticism of Children's Literature 3  
EVPP 637
Human Dimensions of Climate Change  
GOVT 727
Restorative Justice  
GOVT 841
Ethics and Human Rights in International Affairs  
Diversity in Higher Education  
Access and Social Justice  
Special Topics in Higher Education 4  
Problems in American History 5  
Animal Rights: Issues and Movements  
INTS 538
Representations of Race  
Experiential Learning 6  
NUTR 594
Special Topics in Nutrition and Food Studies 7  
Environmental Ethics  
PUAD 642
Environmental Policy  
PUAD 649
Advocacy and Lobbying  
PUBP 736
International Migration and Public Policy  
PUBP 765
Human Smuggling and Trafficking  
Gender and Social Structure  
Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives  
International Migration in the Age of Globalization  
Special Topics in Sociology 8  
Micro Sociology: Inequality and Everyday Life  
Social Networks, New Media, and Inequality  
Institutions and Inequality  
Sociology of Human Rights  
SOCW 652
Influencing Social Policy  
SOCW 654
Social Policy for Children and Youth  
SOCW 663
Global Human Rights Policy  
SOCW 687
Empowering Communities for Change  
Gender and Violence in Social Institutions  
Current Topics in Women and Gender Studies 9  
Special Topics 10  
Feminist Theories across the Disciplines  
Transnational and Global Feminisms  
Total Credits 6-9
1

When topic is New Media and Democracy.

2

 When topic is Gender, Education, and Schooling

3

When topic is Disability in Children's Literature.

4

When topic is Contemporary and Critical Social Theories.

5

When topic is Gender and Racial Ideology in Jim Crow.

6

Chosen in consultation with concentration head.

7

When topic is Urban Agriculture.

8

When topic is Women and Global Issues.

9

When topic is Transnational Sexualities; Gender Sexuality, and International Migration; Policing Black Bodies; Women, Law, and Justice; Race, Gender and Class in Sports.

10

When topic is Narratives of Human Rights: Violations Against Women and Girls; Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights; or Gender, Sexuality, and Disability.

Research Methods Course

Select one course from the following 3
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
Research Designs in Higher Education  
Feminist Approaches to Social Research  
Feminist Research Practice  

Proposal

MAIS 797 Interdisciplinary Studies Proposal 1
Total Credits 1

Project or Thesis

Select one from the following: 1-4
Interdisciplinary Studies Project (take 1 credit)  
Interdisciplinary Studies Thesis (take 4 credits)  
Total Credits 1-4

 

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