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The international social justice studies minor consists of 18 credits. A minimum of 12 credits must be earned at the upper (300- or 400-) level. .

Students must complete a minimum of three credits of foreign language course work at the advanced level (300 or above).

Courses marked “when appropriate” require preapproval from the School of World Studies Advising Office.

Note: Language placement test results cannot substitute for completion of course work.

Students choose from the following courses to complete the minor:

Course Title Hours
Select a minimum of six credits from the following:6
International Social Justice Studies
Human Rights and Literature
The Humanities in International Studies
Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following:12
Politics of the Civil Rights Movement
Oppression, Resilience and the Black Family
Gender and Global Health
Public Culture: Anthropology Through Film
Rethinking a Continent: Latin America
Rethinking a Continent: Europe
Topics in Anthropology (when appropriate)
Anthropology of Development and Globalization
Topics in Foreign Literature in English Translation (when appropriate)
French Cinema (when appropriate)
Francophone Literatures and Cultures (when appropriate)
Topics in French (when appropriate)
German Film (when appropriate)
Topics in German (when appropriate)
Feminist Theory
Politics of Race, Class and Gender
History of Gender and Sexuality in America I
Forced and Coerced Labor in Africa and the Americas
Topics in International Studies (when appropriate)
Religious and Ethnic Minorities in the Middle East
Nature, Culture, Justice
Revolutions and Counterrevolutions in the Middle East
International Migration and Displacement
Activism and Dissidence
Topics in International Studies
Italian Cinema: ____ (when appropriate)
Global Ethics and the World's Religions
Topics in Religious Studies (when appropriate)
Religion and Film
Religion, Globalization and Social Justice
Religion, Racism and Social Justice
Western Religions, Women and Social Justice
Topics in Religious Studies (when appropriate)
Russian Film (when appropriate)
Topics in Russian (when appropriate)
Hispanic Immigrants in the U.S.
Latino Writers in the U.S.
Spanish and Latin American Cinema
Topics in Spanish (when appropriate)
Topics in World Languages and Cultures (when appropriate)
World Cinema Cultures (when appropriate)
Topics in World Languages and Cultures (when appropriate)
Total Hours18