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Diversity & Social Justice Minor

The Diversity and Social Justice Studies Minor is an 18-credit interdisciplinary program that examines the creation and meaning of social identity across current and past societies and institutions. This program provides students with a critical analysis of how socially constructed identity categories including gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, and national identity relate to power and knowledge, and to one’s global position. The program (a) emphasizes the notion that cultural and social systems, such as legal, political, educational, familial and economic, are organized around and reproduce assumptions and beliefs about identity categories, (b) explores the links between “difference” and (unequal) power relations and access to resources by exploring inequities in wealth and political distribution, and social privileges, (c) examines social justice as the fair and just relationships between individuals and larger social institutions, and (d) contributes to the existing and growing body of scholarship that recognizes and acknowledges the role of power differences in individual and group well-being.

The goals of the program are four-fold:

1) to examine and analyze the social construction of identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, class, age, national status, religious affiliation, etc.) and recognize differences and similarities between these categories.
2) to recognize, address, and challenge global inequities around these intersecting identity categories and analyze how social structures and policies, and systems of representation perpetuate these inequities.
3) to examine the concepts of social identity from multiple and interdisciplinary perspectives and recognize the complex contexts that shape those views.
4) to explore how social justice has been achieved across space and time and the effectiveness of social initiatives in addressing and remedying social inequality.

The Diversity and Social Justice minor encourages students to draw on social scientific understandings of identity and inequality, while incorporating interdisciplinary approaches and the development of intercultural knowledge through diverse course offerings and learning opportunities. The examination of how identity influences the social world enhances the meaning and scope of study in many fields, including psychology, sociology, criminal justice, health, literature, art, philosophy, law, and history. Courses are divided into three thematic areas: Identity and Inequality, Social and Cultural Representation and Analysis and Social Justice. 

* Courses required for this minor are offered primarily on the Albany campus.

Program Requirements : 18 credits

Part 1: Core Courses : 6 credits
PSY 211/SOC 211 Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies
SOC 208 Race & Ethnic Relations

Part 2: Thematic Areas
Complete 12 credits as outline below.  *6 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

A. Identity & Equality : 6 credits
CRM 222/PSY 222 Women & Crime
CRM 329/PSY 329 Domestic Violence
HST 313 Rise to Globalism
HST 324 American Ethnic History
PBH 305 Survey of Epidemiology
PBH 310 Overview of Global Health
PHL 204 Comparative Religion
POL 221 The Modern Middle East
POL 336  American Foreign Policy
PSY 242 Problems of Alcohol and Drug Dep Persons
PSY 321 Psychology of Women
SOC 102 Social Problems
SOC 120 Deviant Behavior
SOC 206 Sociology of Families
SOC 212 Juvenile Delinquency
SOC 213 Class, Power, and Privilege
SOC 248 Special Topics

B. Social and Cultural Representations and Analysis : 3 credits
ARH 201 Topics in Non-Western Art
ARH 348 Topics in Non-Western Art
ARH 230 Gender and Sexuality in Modern and Contemporary Art
ENG 249 Women in Literature
ENG 248 Diverse Voices
HUM 200 Modern World Literature and Culture
PHL 211 Myth, Religion and Art

C. Social Justice : 3 credits
BUS 340 Leadership and Diversity
CRM 325 Restorative Justice
HST 234 Holocaust and Genocide (+ HST 200)
HST 365 History of the Civil Rights Movement
ITD 356 International Human Rights
POL 229 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
POL 345 Race, Society and Law
PSY 325 Community Psychology
SOC 340 Social Movements and Social Change

Minor Policy

  • Minors may be declared any time before the completion of the drop/add period in the first term of the senior year or before completion of 87 credit hours, whichever comes later.
  • Successful completion of at least one course required in the minor is a prerequisite to such declaration.
  • Only two of the required minor courses may also count toward major or another minor’s requirements. 
  • A minimum of one-half of the required credits for the minor must be completed at Sage. 
  • GPA in Minor required (minimum): 2.200 or higher.