Social justice refers to the overall fairness of society and the manner in which it divides its rewards and burdens among groups of people.
Working with marginalized groups, social justice agents or advocates are concerned with bringing equality within society. Progress and success are measured not in individuals, but rather with respect to an entire community, city, state, or nation.
Students who choose this major are interested in helping everyone gain equality and access resources that promote health, education, safety, security, and justice.
Students interested in this major must meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
This program provides rich field experiences that connect knowledge and theory to practice and builds communication skills including writing, speaking, digital literacy, collaboration, and teamwork.
Students gain a broad understanding of how ethics, philosophy, human rights, and history intersect with power, diversity, and broad social issues in the fields of health, environmental studies, ethnic and cultural studies, political science, and gender and women's studies.
Work for the major consists of the foundation core courses, an emphasis area, and a capstone experience.
Students choose one of the following emphasis areas or they may work with the social justice adviser to create an individualized emphasis area:
- Ethnic and cultural studies in the United States
- Environmental issues
- Human Rights
- International history, theory, and action
- Politics and social justice
- The arts and social practice
In addition to courses required for this major, students also must complete the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core Program.
Review Social Justice in the UI General Catalog to learn more about required course work for the major or minor and graduating with honors.