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Interdisciplinary Concentration in Social Justice

Social Justice Planner

The interdisciplinary concentration in social justice is designed to enable students interested in the theory and practice of social change to satisfy their Liberal Learning requirements, It is particularly recommended for students in the Bonner Program, but is open to all TCNJ students. The social justice interdisciplinary concentration combines course work with community-engaged learning experiences. Students opting for it must take a first year seminar with a CEL-1 component. Student may then choose from a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences. The capstone requirement for the social justice concentration is any CEL-2 approved course. Students may also satisfy the laboratory science and quantitative reasoning requirements with any approved courses. The total of eight courses is needed in order to fulfil the requirements of the social justice concentration

Faculty Sponsors

Ellen Friedman, Melinda Roberts, Christopher Fisher, Janet Morrison, Rebecca Li, Susan Ryan, David Prensky


Eight courses as indicated below. Other relevant courses may be substituted in each of these categories only with the permission of a Faculty Sponsor

First Year Seminar (FSP):

  • Any FSP that includes Community Engaged Learning (CEL-1)

Social Science and History (two from the following):

  • ANT 315/Ethnicity, Race and Nation*
  • ANT 335/Global Urbanization*
  • ECO 115/American Political Economy *
  • HGS 210/Intro to Peace and Justice Studies*
  • HIS 184/Urban America*
  • HIS 327/European History Since 1789*
  • HIS 370/The United States in World History*
  • POL 250/Politics and Society of Developing Nations*
  • POL 318/Politics of Community Change*
  • POL 365/Origins of the US Constitution*
  • SOC 281/Sociology of Race in the US*
  • SOC 315/Racism, Power and Privilege*
  • SOC 336/Social and Cultural Change*
  • SOC 365/Poverty and Welfare in the US*
  • SOC 380/Education and American Culture*
  • USA 101-102/Introduction to USA Studies*
  • WGS 301/Women in America*
  • WGS 330/Gender and Public Policy*

Arts and Humanities (two from the following):

  • AAS 235/African-American Film *
  • COM 271/Film and Society*
  • ECO 210/History of Economic Thought*
  • HGS 200/Genocide and Human Rights*
  • INT 300/Human Rights in International Relations*
  • JPW 321/Race, Gender and the News*
  • LIT 280/Literature, Film and Art of American Politics*
  • LIT 315/Men and Masculinities*
  • LIT 380/Representations of the Holocaust*
  • MUS 230/Social & Political Issues in American Music*
  • PHL 135/Contemporary Moral Issues*
  • PHL 240/Political Philosophy
  • PHL 375/Law and Ethics
  • POL 270/Western Political Thought*
  • WGS 376/Global Women Writers*

Capstone Course:

  • Any approved CEL-2 course


*Courses without prerequisites
In addition to courses required by this concentration, a student must complete one approved course in quantitative reasoning and one approved course in natural science to satisfy breadth requirements in liberal learning. Students should consult their major or open option advisors about how best to complete other liberal learning requirements.