Department of Society and Social Justice Department of Society and Social Justice
Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

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Designing and Teaching the Capstone Course Across the Curriculum by Dr. Robert Hauhart, along with co-author Jon E. Grahe (Psychology, Pacific Lutheran University) to be released in 2014.

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Tam Dinh
Irina Gendelman
Robert Hauhart
Victor Kogan, chair
Teresa Marbut
Shawn Newman
Keri Olsen
David Price
Katya Shkurkin
Teresa Winstead

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Victor Kogan, chair

Department of Society and Social Justice

Department overviewCommunication studies (M., m.) Community services (M.)Community services and social work internshipsCriminal justice (M., m.)Legal studies (m.)Social justice (m.)Social work (M.)Sociology and Cultural Anthropology (M., m.)Women's studies (m.)Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series

The Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin's University is dedicated to the rigorous investigation of society and a concern for the impact of existing societal arrangements on the lives of individuals. The SSJ program encompasses several key intellectual traditions:

  • Concern for improving the quality of human life through community organizing, direct practice, and increased awareness of human rights
  • Commitment to cross-cultural comparison, cultural relativism, and global engagement
  • Dedication to examining and documenting empirically societal structures, patterns, and processes that can illuminate social life
  • Recognition of the value of ideas and knowledge for their own sake as well as for the beneficent social purposes they may inspire

Real world challenges. Real world opportunities.

SSJ students hone their skills and awareness through service, advocacy and government internship opportunities. Students find further avenues for growth through collaborations with professors and ongoing campus events such as the Robert A. Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.

Students in the SSJ programs cultivate proficiency in essential skills for the 21st century:

  • Critical thinking
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Servant leadership

Building the foundation for world change.

Students in the SSJ programs mature both personally and professionally, graduating as skilled professionals ready to make meaningful contributions to global transformation.

Four majors. Two minors. One goal.

The Department of Society and Social Justice offers major concentrations in Social Work, Community Services, Sociology-Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Students may minor in Legal Studies and Women's Studies.

Social Work and Community Services

With a shared history rooted in the early 20th century settlement house movement, Social Work and Community Services focus on the plight of disadvantaged individuals. Contemporary social work recognizes that, while the faces and accents of the disadvantaged may have changed over the last 100 years, the circumstances that create their disadvantage are often re-fashioned anew.


The Sociology-Anthropology concentration investigates the organization of societies found in both the modern era and the pre-literate epochs. Students develop the intellectual tools they need to comprehend the structure and patterns found within today's society, and the universal sources of current social arrangements as they are reflected in ancient societies.

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice examines the arrangements contemporary societies develop for handing anti-social behavior, and critically examines their impact on society and the individual.

Legal Studies

The Legal Studies minor isolates the institutional arrangements and principals that govern our courts and examines them as autonomous sources of influence and control.

Women's Studies

Women's Studies focuses on the role of gender in society and considers the status of women in the contemporary worlds of work, culture, politics, and the home.

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