Coursework

Course requirements.

 

Ten courses are required for the Social Justice Studies (SJS) major.

  1. Two SJS core courses-
  1. SJS 101: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Social Justice Studies (new course)
  2. SJS 301: Capstone in Social Justice Studies (an interdisciplinary SJS capstone – new course)

(SJS 301 would likely involve, as one component, a practicum/service experience that serves an area NGO or non-profit whose mission aligns with the focus of the student’s major and concentration. All seniors would be asked to present about their work together in a panel session on Symposium Day. SJS 301 would be designed to carry the WC designation/meet the WC learning objectives.)

  1. Breadth Requirement Courses (four courses)- (Currently each of these courses is offered annually or bi-annually)
  2. Soc 250: Social Justice Policy and Practice (No PR)
  3. Phil 320: Theories of Justice (No PR)
  4. Eng 236: Studies in Ethnic and Multicultural Literatures of the US (No PR)
  5. Soc 360: Social Movements (PR – Soc 250)

 

  1. Concentration Area – Five courses chosen from one area of concentration from at least two departments. It is recommended, but not required, that at least one course have a service learning or a community-based project component. The student must choose concentration when declaring major. (Courses have no prerequisite unless indicated in parenthesis on right)

 

  1. Ethnic and Cultural Studies
  • Span 105: Crossing Borders to Latin America
  • Expl 190: Social Justice in Action – End Isms
  • Soc 204: Modern Social Problems
  • Hist 211: African-American History
  • Eng 222: African-American Literature and Culture
  • Econ 223: Economics of Poverty (Econ 101 or 102)
  • PoSc 233: Latin American Politics
  • Hsv 343: Social Welfare Policy (PR any 1 SW or Soc course)
  • Phil 245: Ethics of Globalization
  • PoSc 245: Global Issues
  • Thtr 245: Theater and Social Change
  • Intst 251: The Call of Service
  • PoSc 265: Latino Politics in the U.S.
  • Comm 275: Gender, Race, Class, and Media
  • Anth 310: Indians of the Americas
  • Span 320: Ideas and Cultures – Latin America (Span 220 or 221 or 222)
  • Phil 321: Latin American Philosophy
  • Rel 322: Theologies of the Oppressed (PR Rel 250)
  • Rel 331: Theology and Social Theory (PR Rel 102)
  • CJ 335: Inequality and Justice (CJ 220, 343 or 101)
  • SCJ 340: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Span 340: Latino Communities (Span 220 or 221 or 222)
  • One study abroad course with a DP, GP, or EV designation. Likely with service or social responsibility as a core of the experience — that fits the nature of this area of emphasis e.g. Soc 297: Ghana, The Heart of West African Culture (MT 2017)
  • One May Term class with DP, GP, or EV designation that is approved in advance by the SJS director as appropriate for this area of emphasis e.g. Eng 290: Film and Immigration (MT 2017)

 

  1. Women’s and Gender Studies

Students pursuing a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies may not choose the concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies.

  • Wmst 101: Introduction to Women’s Studies (*offered each semester – and should be the first course taken in the concentration.)
  • Wmst 170: Gender/Transgender in Popular Culture
  • Phil 211: Feminist Ethics
  • Soc 215: Gender and Sexuality
  • Soc 215: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • Psyc 220: Psychology of Gender
  • Phil 220: Political Philosohy
  • Hist 222: American Women’s History
  • Rel 225: Women and Religion in American Culture
  • Rel 230: Women in Christianity
  • Eng 234: Women’s Literature, Women’s Lives
  • Thtr 235: Women and Theater
  • Thtr 245: Theater and Social Change
  • Rel 260: Feminist Interpretation of the Bible
  • PoSc 266: Women and Politics
  • Comm 275: Gender, Race, Class, and Media
  • Phil 311: Feminist Philosophy
  • Soc 311: Women and the Struggle for Equality
  • Educ 321: Human Relations in Teaching – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Hist 322: Women and Gender in European History (Wmst 101 or any 200 level history course)
  • CJ 333: Sexual Violence
  • Any Wmst elective
  • One study abroad course with a DP, GP, or EV designation. Likely with service or social responsibility as a core of the experience — that fits the nature of this area of emphasis.
  • One May Term class with DP, GP, or EV designation that is approved in advance by the SJS director as appropriate for this area of emphasis e.g. Wmst 170: Transgender-Pop Culture (MT 2017)

 

  1. Environmental Studies
  • Biol 103: Environmental Issues (* offered each year – and should be the first course taken in the concentration.)
  • Nasc 102: Introduction to Meteorology
  • Chem 155: Environmental Chemistry
  • Econ 210: Environmental Economics (Econ 100)
  • Intst 210: Environmental Awareness
  • Phil 215: Environmental Ethics
  • Biol 240: Conservation Law
  • Phil 245: The Ethics of Globalization
  • Phil 250: Applied Ethics
  • Intst 251: The Call of Service
  • Biol 253: Principles of Ecology (Biol 110)
  • Phil 255: The Ethics of Development and Consumption
  • Hist 261: American Environmental History
  • Biol 276: Behavioral Ecology (Biol 110)
  • Posc 340: Politics of a Changing World
  • Soc 350: Environmental Sociology
  • Posc 370: Environmental Politics (Posc 101)
  • One study abroad course with a DP, GP, EV designation. Likely with service or social responsibility as a core of the experience — that fits the nature of this area of emphasis.
  • One May Term class with DP, GP, or EV designation that is approved in advance by the SJS director as appropriate for this area of emphasis.

 

  1. Economic Studies
  • Econ 100: Macroeconomic Principles (* offered each semester – and should be the first course taken in the concentration.)
  • Magt 131: Management Concepts
  • Expl 190: Social Justice in Action – End Isms
  • Econ 210: Environmental Economics (Econ 100)
  • Soc 215: Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • Econ 220: Labor Economics (Econ 100)
  • Phil 220: Political Philosophy
  • Econ 223: Economics of Poverty (Econ 100)
  • Econ 230: Economic Growth and Development (Econ 100)
  • Magt 231: Business Law and Ethics (Magt 131)
  • Mktg 234: Marketing (Magt 131)
  • Posc 240: World Politics or PoSc 245: Global Issues
  • Phil 245: The Ethics of Globalization
  • Intst 251: The Call of Service
  • PoSc 265: Latino Politics in the U.S
  • Comm 275: Gender, Race, Class, and Media
  • Educ 321: Human Relations in Teaching – Diversity and Inclusion
  • Magt 333: Organization and Behavior (Magt 131)
  • CJ 335: Inequality and Justice (CJ 220, 343 or 101)
  • Magt 340: Labor and Industrial Relations (Magt 131/231)
  • Hsv 343: Social Welfare Policy (PR met)
  • Other appropriate accounting, economics, or management coursework if approved by the SJS program director and appropriate department chair.
  • One study abroad course with a DP, GP, EV designation. Likely with service or social responsibility as a core of the experience — that fits the nature of this area of emphasis.
  • One May Term class with DP, GP, or EV designation that is approved in advance by the SJS director as appropriate for this area of emphasis.

 

  1. Religious Studies
  • Rel 120: Intro to World Religions (*offered each semester – and should be the first course taken in the concentration)
  • Rel 201: Hope and Despair
  • Rel 225: Women and Religion in American Culture
  • Rel 233: Islam
  • Intst 251: The Call of Service
  • PoSc 245: Global Issues
  • Phil 250: Applied Ethics
  • Rel 260: Feminist Interpretation of the Bible
  • Rel 263: Ethics, Religion, and Conflict
  • Posc 275: Religion and American Politics
  • Rel 290: Religious Diversity in Iowa
  • Anth 310: Indians of the Americas
  • Rel 322: Theologies of the Oppressed (Rel 250 or instructor permission)
  • Rel 331: Theology and Social Theory (Rel 102)
  • Posc 325: Supreme Court and Civil Liberties
  • Phil 335: Philosophy of Religion
  • SCJ 340: Race and Ethnic Relations
  • One study abroad course with a DP, GP, EV designation. Likely with service or social responsibility as a core of the experience — that fits the nature of this area of emphasis.
  • One May Term class with DP, GP, or EV designation that is approved in advance by the SJS director as appropriate for this area of emphasis.