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Social Justice Studies


What will I learn?

A major in Social Justice is for students seeking a vocation related to helping others, which means courses or career opportunities tied to the work of social improvement. There are five areas that you can study and explore the important terrain between ideals of justice and everyday local and global expressions of injustice - Ethnic & Cultural Studies, Women & Gender Studies, Environmental Studies, Economic Studies and Religious Studies.

You will gain an overview of the nature and meaning of selected social problems from an interdisciplinary social science perspective and create an analysis of how to solve them. Topics normally examined include racism, sexism, poverty, crime and environmental pollution.

What can I do with my degree?

Students who complete Simpson’s Social Justice Studies major will discover a broad range of career options and education available to them, including:

Graduate school

Employment in government or business

Community organizing

Public policy analysis

Conflict resolution

Human rights work

Human relations work

Working with a range of non-governmental or not-for-profit organizations

Political campaign organizations

Environmental organizations

International agencies


Faith organizations

Journalism and communications

Lobbying and rights advocacy

The skills to help change the world

When you complete a degree in Social Justice Studies, you will be equipped to confidently take the next step toward making a difference. You will have:

  • analyzed issues of social justice using multiple perspectives and paradigms,
  • articulated central social justice issues, practice, research and theory in their chosen area of emphasis,
  • synthesized ethical interventions to address social injustice,
  • critically reflected on the self as an agent of social justice,
  • advocated knowledgeably and responsibly for social change.

Explore the departments that contribute to the Social Justice Studies major

Interdisciplinary majors and minors provide you with exposure to a variety of different academic disciplines. Take a look and see what those departments have to offer.

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