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.

Structure of the Social Justice Minor (18 total credit hours)
If you would like to declare the Social Justice Minor, please send an email with your full name and Student ID number to the Director of the Social Justice Program, Dr. Ryan Crewe at and he will process your enrollment for you!  Please feel free to reach out to Dr. Crewe if you have any questions about the Social Justice Minor before officially declaring.

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.  The requirements for the Social Justice Minor are:

  1. Foundations in Social Justice                                                                       (3 credits)
    1. SJUS 2000: Foundations in Social Justice (taught every Fall semester)
  2. Social Justice Electives                                                                                  (9 credits)
    1. Chose any three (3) of the 90 approved Social Justice Elective Courses
  3. Community Internship                                                                                 (3 credits)
    1. Work with local organizations to promote social justice. Placement in 100s of internships is facilitated by CU Denver Experiential Learning Center (Tivoli 260)
  4. Capstone Project/Critical Public Humanities                                             (3 credits)
    1. Work on a project related to a social justice issue that is important to you with a faculty member in an independent study, or join the spring “Critical Public Humanities” course