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Social Justice Minor

Who Should Pursue a Social Justice Minor?
The Social Justice Minor is designed for students who are passionate about being engaged citizens and effecting change locally and globally. Students who pursue a Social Justice Minor will be exposed to global perspectives on race, class and gender, grassroots organizing, social movements, conflict resolution, environmental stewardship, & critical theory.

How Will a Social Justice Minor Help Me After I Graduate?
Earning a Social Justice Minor will make students competitive for graduate school as well as for jobs in NGOs, public health, political office, community leadership, and in the ever-increasing number of modern corporations that seek employees who are committed to sustainable and ethical vocations.

The Social Justice Activist Scholarship:
Each year, we offer a $1000 scholarship (some years we offer two scholarships!) to support Social Justice Minors who are actively engaged in efforts to support positive social change in our community and beyond. Declare a Social Justice Minor and let us help you pay for your education!

Social Justice Minor Requirements:

For students who are passionate about social justice issues, there are more than 90 approved electives in 15 different departments across the campus that count towards the Social Justice Minor. There are only 18-credits in the SJUS Minor, and strategic planning can facilitate working through the requirements quickly and “double dipping” (where you credits count towards your major and minor) is allowed, although electives must be taken in at least two different departments. The Director of the program will gladly work with students to approve courses and internships that address social justice issues by are not officially listed as SJUS electives.

How Do I Declare a Social Justice Minor/Contact the Social Justice Program?

Declaring a Social Justice Minor is simple—all you have to do is send an email stating that you want to declare the minor with your Name and Student ID # to: Social Justice Program Director,

Dr. Ryan Crewe: Ryan.Crewe@ucdenver.edu 303-315-1782.

Graduate Social Justice Track


This interdisciplinary graduate track is available to students admitted to the Master of Humanities or Master of Social Science Program. It encourages graduate students to broaden and deepen their intellectual tools as well as their practical knowledge as to how democracy, education, consumerism, media, race, class, gender, policy, and law intersect. It expands students’ recognition of the many ways that they are already engaged as citizens and highlights their power to effect change through theoretical and moral education, critical thinking, and community engagement. The MH and MSS degrees each require 36 credit hours of coursework. Of these, 9 courses are core requirements; of the remaining 27 credit hours required for the degree, a minimum of 12 credit hours of Social Justice-themed, elective courses must be taken, and a final project or thesis (3-6 credit hours) on a Social Justice topic must completed. Students select courses in close consultation with a faculty advisor.

Target Audience
The Social Justice Track is relevant for students who are interested in vocations or avocations with advocacy organizations, who plan to continue their education in professional school or Ph.D. programs, whose current careers will benefit from knowledge of social justice issues, and/or who are secondary school teachers in humanities and social studies.

Anthropology: Dr. Marty Otañez
English: Dr. Catherine Wiley, Dr. Nancy Ciccone
Ethnic Studies: Dr. Donna Martinez
History: Dr. Christopher Agee
MH: Dr. Margaret L. Woodhull
MSS: Dr. Omar Swartz
Philosophy: Dr. David Hildebrand
Sociology: Dr. Candan Duran-Aydintug