Saint Louis University

Minor in Global and Local Social Justice - Power, Society, Culture

Minor Requirements

Admission: To be admitted to the program, students must be undergraduates at Saint Louis University, have a 3.0 G.P.A., and be approved by the program director. The director will also advise student on the best order in which to take courses and on which courses may not be offered regularly. Transfer students interested in the program must meet with the director.

The minor consists of 21 hours of classes and a presentation requirement. Students must select classes in each of the four required issue areas, with a fifth course from area 2 or 3. For the remaining hours, students may select additional classes in the four required issue areas or from the list of electives. As part of their certificate study, students must take classes in at least three different disciplines.

Students must also present in a public forum, such as the Global and Local Social Justice conference, Atlas week, or a student research conference, either on their research or their internship.

1. One class in theories of justice. Choose from:

POLS 293 Theories of Justice
POLS 352 Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice
POLS 371 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
POLS/WSTD 372 Renaissance and Modern Political Thought
POLS/WSTD 376 Feminist Theory: Gender Justice
POLS / WSTD 393 Disability theory [Spr. 2013]
PUBH 365 Public Health and Social Justice
SOC 210 Classical Social Theory
WSTD 377 Postmodern Politics: Sex/Race/Class
WSTD /POLS 493: 03 Citizenship and Bodies [Spr. 2013]

2. ONE class in local and domestic issues. Choose from:

AAM 200 Introduction to African American Studies
ASTD 315 American Social Movements
ASTD 322 The Urban Crisis
ASTD 420 Ethnic Groups in the US
ASTD 427 US Anti-Black Racism
ASTD 475 History of Racism
PPS 408 Urban Issues: Poverty and Unemployment
SOC 322 Urban Sociology
SOC 323 Gender and Society
SOC 335 Social movements
SOC 336 Racial and Ethnic Relations
SOC 338 Political Sociology
SOC 350 Social Inequality
SWRK 302 American Social Welfare System
SWRK 327 Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
WSTD 197 Introduction to Women's Studies

3. One class in global issues. Choose from:

PUBH 201 Introduction to Global Health (offered every semester)
PUBH 335 Contemporary Issues in Global Health (offered every spring semester)
POLS 151 Politics of the Developing World
POLS 350 Asian Miracles
POLS 252 Introduction to African Politics
POLS 257 Introduction to Latin American Politics
POLS 352 Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice
Global and Local Social Justice Minor, p 2
POLS 354 Latin American Social Movements
POLS 357 Politics of Development
POLS 360 Problems of Globalization
POLS 450 Democratization
POLS 462 International Organization and the Management of World Problems
POLS 484 Politics of Health
SOC 222 Peace and Conflict Studies
SOC 346 Principles of Social Development

4. ONE additional class from either global or local/domestic issues (2. or 3.)

5. One service-learning class or an internship with a social and political focus. Internships must be approved in advance. Choose from:

ASTD 394 Service Learning Internship
ASTD 395 Service Learning Project
POLS 393 The Structure of Poverty
POLS 293 Civic Renewal: Service Learning
PPS 397 Metropolitan Environment (Service-Learning section)
SOC 404 Sociology Practicum: Community Organizing
SWRK 482 Social Work Practicum II (counts for 3 credits - has prerequisites)
WSTD/ POLS 385 Feminism in Action
(Many internships - if approved -- can also meet this requirement)

Electives (others may be taken as well - contact Dr Strikwerda):

AAM 201 Contemporary Black America
ASTD 340 Religion and American Culture
IPE 110 Introduction to Inter-professional Health Care
POLS 211 American Constitution: Civil Liberties
POLS 254 Ethnicity and Internal War
POLS 293 Politics and Ethics
PUBH 462 Politics and Public Health Advocacy
PPS 425 Urban Classics
PPS 465 Urban Criminal Justice Policy
PHIL 343 Philosophy of Law (pre-requisite PHIL 105 and PHIL 205)
PHIL 481 Philosophy of Feminism (pre-requisite PHIL 105 and PHIL 205)
PHIL 484 Catholic Social Thought (pre-requisite PHIL 105 and PHIL 205)
PSY 330 Social Psychology
PSY 433 Psychology of Oppression
SWRK 701 Social Justice: Human Liberation and Community Building (seniors only)
SWRK 703 International Social Work: Mexico/Ghana (seniors only,
THEO 361 Social Justice
THEO 366 Faith and Politics
THEO 367 Poverty, Wealth, and Justice
THEO 461 Spirituality and Political Commitment
THEO 465 War, Peace, and Christianity
THEO 467 Social Ethics: Christian Faith in the Public Sphere



For more information, contact:
Robert A Strikwerda, Director of the Global and Local Social Justice Program
Office: 125 McGannon Hall, Saint Louis University
Phone: 314-977-4238 Email:

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