University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 14, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Social Justice, Minor

Social Justice is an 18-unit interdisciplinary minor housed within the Department of Gender, Race and Identity (GRI) and offered in cooperation with the School for Social Research and Justice Studies (SSRJS). Students in the minor study social justice, conflict, and change in historical and contemporary contexts and global and local settings. The minor in Social Justice is grounded in an intersectional perspective, attending to the roles of multiple aspects of identity, difference, and power both in social justice and in structural impediments to it. The minor in Social Justice further enables student to study multiple strategies for activism, advocacy, social policy, and community organizing. It provides an expressly interdisciplinary environment for learning, drawing widely on academic traditions in the social sciences and the humanities. Students gain tools to critically analyze and engage our world and to enact change in their communities and professions.

Contact Information

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Social Justice should contact the advisor in GRI.

Department of Gender, Race, and Identity (GRI)
Thompson Building 106
(775) 682-6480

I. Program Requirements (18 units)

Students must complete 18 units in courses relating to social justice, conflict, and change, emphasizing historical, contemporary, and intersectional implications.

  • Minor GPA | 2. 0
  • Minor Upper-Division Units | 9
  • Minor Residency Requirement | 6 Upper-Division Units in the minor at UNR
  • Unit Limits| Per College of Liberal Arts policy, no more than 9 units counted toward any major may be reused to meet the requirements of this minor.

Courses taken through USAC and other approved study abroad programs may be used to complete the minor (with advisor approval).

Core Requirements (6 units)

Core Courses I (3 units)

Majors must earn a “B-” or better in the following course:

Core Courses II (3 units)

Complete one of the following courses:

Electives (12 units)

Among the 12 units of electives, at least 3 units must come from Group 1, and at least 3 units must come from Group 2. Where elective courses are cross-listed, the preference is that students in the minor enroll in the section of the course listed under a GRI prefix (ETS, GRI, HGPS, RST, or WMST). However, students may fulfill elective credit through cross-listed sections if needed.

Note that in addition to the courses listed, GRI 463 may apply to either Group 1 or Group 2 Electives with advisor approval. Additionally, students may petition the advisor to count courses not listed here but that meet the minor’s criteria as electives toward the minor in Social Justice.

Group 1 Electives: Communities and Contexts (3-9 units)

Historical and contemporary contexts for the study of social justice, conflict, and change in global and local settings.

Group 2 Electives: Concepts and Theories (3-9 units)

Conceptual and theoretical approaches to the study of social justice, conflict, and change.