West Virginia Wesleyan College recently approved the addition of a Social Justice Studies major that will be available in the curriculum come fall 2014.
Based in sociology, the Social Justice Studies major is an interdisciplinary major that explores the realities of justice and injustice, focuses on disenfranchisement found in current policies, and evaluates advocacy movements and social change.
Students majoring in Social Justice Studies can also elect to complete concentrations in addition to their major, however it is not mandatory. These concentrations of Non-profit Management and Environmental Justice are designed for students who wish to focus their studies in a particular area from a social justice model rather than a traditional minor.
The Non-profit Management concentration will prepare graduates for advanced degrees and/or leadership positions in the rapidly-growing non-profit sector. The Environmental Justice concentration will prepare students for advanced degrees and/or work to improve sustainable environmental practices, community wellness initiatives, natural resource conservation, spatial analysis, and ecosystem management.
"A degree in Social Justice Studies will provide students the knowledge and tools to engage in their communities to facilitate social change," Dr. Karen Miller, director of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences stated. "It will bridge the gap between activism and academics."
For more information on the new Social Justice Studies major, please contact the Office of Admission at (800) 722-9933.