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Social Justice

The Social Justice Program at Saint Martin’s University explores the complex nature of social justice and alternative venues that foster justice.

Why Saint Martin's University?

While criminal justice and legal studies are the official systems for justice in the United States the outcomes from those systems are not always just. Students experience this at a young age as justice and injustice play out in their own lives. At Saint Martin’s they are given the tools to communicate with others about justice and are inspired to seek out others like themselves who desire to think about justice in a wider way.

A complement to other academic programs at Saint Martin’s, the social justice minor fits hand-in-glove with religious studies, sociology, social work, criminal justice and legal studies, adding value to the students’ academic experience.

Career paths

The program follows the best Liberal Arts tradition encouraging students to work toward social justice no matter what they will be doing for a living.

For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Center for Career and Calling.

Social Justice Requirements

Required courses (9 credit hours)

  • SJ 110/SOC 110: Introduction to Social Justice
  • SOC 333: Women, Culture and Society
  • CJ 430/PLS 430: Constitutional Safeguards and Individual Liberties

Approved elective courses (12 credit hours)

Electives may include up to six credit hours of internship credit.

Additional courses may be cross-listed for social justice credit on an occasional basis.

Other elective courses may be counted toward the minor if, in the judgment of the program director, they significantly enhance the student’s learning in the program.

  • SJ 301: Social Justice in Literature
  • SJ 310: Social Justice in Film
  • RLS 305: Christian Thought and Ethical Practice
  • CJ/SOC/GIS 307: Gender, Crime and Law
  • SOC 316: History of Women in North American Social Work: 1848-1945
  • HIS 319: United States Working Class History
  • SOC 370: Social Action
  • ENG 381: Women's Literature
  • SJ 390: Internship
  • SJ 395: Special Topics
  • SJ 397: Directed Study

Social Justice at a Glance

Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
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Spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and characterized by an educational environment that is both rigorous and supportive, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 20 undergraduate major programs and 20 minor programs.