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Global and Local Social Justice (Minor)

Before you can confront social problems such as poverty, injustice or war, you must first understand the social and political systems that contribute to them. Students who minor in global and local social justice at Saint Louis University examine the theory and philosophy of justice and gain awareness of pressing national and international issues.

SLU's minor in global and local social justice is comprised of 21 hours of classes in three required areas: theories of justice, local and domestic issues, and global issues. A fourth course is then selected from either the local/domestic or global issues areas.

You’ll be required to complete one service-learning class or an internship with a social and political focus. For the remaining hours, you may select additional classes from the three required issue areas or from an approved list of electives.

Students in SLU's Global and Local Social Justice Program must also present in a public forum, such as SLU’s Global and Local Social Justice conference, a student research conference or ATLAS Week — an annual event at SLU that highlights global topics.


Theories of justice area:

  • POLS 2700: Issues in Political Philosophy
  • POLS 2710: Theories of Justice
  • POLS 3520: Communism, Capitalism and Social Justice
  • POLS 3710: Ancient and Medieval Classics in Political Thought
  • POLS/WSTD 3720: Renaissance and Modern Political Theories
  • PUBH 3100: Public Health and Social Justice
  • SOC 2100: Classical Social Theory
  • WSTD 3770: Postmodern Politics: Sex/Race/Class

Local and domestic issues area:

  • AAM 2000: Introduction to African American Studies
  • ASTD 3010: Ethnic Groups in the U.S.
  • ASTD 3100: Making the American City: Culture, Space and 20th Century U.S. Urbanisms
  • ASTD 3200: The Urban Crisis
  • ASTD 3300: Workshop in the City
  • ASTD 3400: Prisons in American Culture
  • ASTD 3900: Mixed-Race America
  • CMM 4070: Social Justice Communication
  • CMM 4320: Communication Across Racial Divisions
  • POLS 2220: Urban Politics
  • SOC 3220: Urban Sociology
  • SOC 3230: Gender and Society
  • SOC 3350: Social Movements
  • SOC 3360: Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 3500: Social Inequality
  • SWRK 3100: American Social Welfare System
  • SWRK 3200: Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
  • WSTD 1900: Introduction to Women's Studies

Global issues area:

  • ASTD 3770: America in the Global Age
  • CMM/WGST 3300: Intercultural Communication
  • POLS 1510: Politics of the Developing World
  • POLS 3500: East Asian Political Economy
  • POLS 2520: Introduction to African Politics
  • POLS 2570: Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 2590: Politics and Middle East and North Africa
  • POLS 3520: Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice
  • POLS 3540: Latin American Social Movements
  • POLS 3570: Third World Development
  • POLS 3600: Problems of Globalization
  • POLS 3620: International Organizations and Management of World Problems
  • POLS 4510: Democratization
  • POLS 4840: Global Health Politics and Policy
  • PUBH 2100: Introduction to Global Health (offered every semester)
  • PUBH 2300: Contemporary Issues in Global Health (offered every spring semester)
  • SOC 2220: Peace and Conflict Studies
  • SOC 3460: Principles of Social Development

Service learning classes or internships with a social and political focus:

  • ASTD 5800: Workshop in the American Metropolis
  • ASTD 3910: Service Learning Internship
  • POLS 2210: Civic Renewal: Service Learning and Community Justice
  • POLS 3800: The Structure of Poverty
  • SOC 4040: Sociology Practicum: Community Organizing
  • SWRK 4200: Social Work Practicum II
  • WSTD/POLS 3850: Feminism in Action
  • Many internships — if approved — can also meet this requirement

Approved electives:

  • AAM 2010: Contemporary Black America
  • ASTD 3500: Religion and American Culture
  • CMM 2300: Intergroup Dialogue
  • CMM 4810:  Digital Storytelling
  • CSDI 3000: Character of Multicultural Populations
  • IPE 1100: Introduction to Interprofessional Health Care
  • POLS 3130: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • POLS 2540: Ethnicity and Internal War
  • POLS 2010: Politics and Ethics
  • PUBH 4000: Politics and Public Health Advocacy
  • PHIL 3430: Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 4810: Philosophy of Feminism
  • PHIL 4840: Catholic Social Thought
  • PSY 3300: Social Psychology
  • PSY 4330: Psychology of Oppression
  • SWRK 5701: Social Justice: Human Liberation and Community Building
  • SWRK 5703: International Social Work: Mexico/Ghana
  • THEO 2515: Social Justice
  • THEO 3510: Faith and Politics
  • THEO 3515: Poverty, Wealth, and Justice
  • THEO 4510: War and Peace in the Christian Tradition
  • Robert Strikwerda, Ph.D., program director
Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, students must be current SLU undergraduates, have at least a 3.0 GPA and be approved by the program director. The program director also will advise students on the best order in which to take courses.

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