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Social Justice Interdisciplinary Concentration

Liberal Learning Interdisciplinary Concentration: Social Justice 

Sponsors: Ellen Friedman, Melinda Roberts, Christopher Fisher, Janet Morrison, Susan Ryan, David Prensky


The interdisciplinary concentration in social justice is designed to enable students interested in the theory and practice of social change to satisfy their Liberal Learning requirements, It is particularly recommended for students in the Bonner Program, but is open to all TCNJ students. The social justice interdisciplinary concentration combines course work with community-engaged learning experiences. Students opting for it must take a first year seminar (FSP) with a CEL component. Student may then choose from a variety of courses in the humanities and social sciences. The capstone requirement for the social justice concentration is any ACEL-approved course. Students may also satisfy the laboratory science and quantitative reasoning requirements with any approved courses. Eight courses, including those required in natural science and quantitative reasoning, are needed in order to fulfill the requirements of the social justice concentration.


First Year Seminar (Any CEL-1 First Year Seminar)

Social Science and History (two from the following)

  • AAS/HIS 179 – African American History to 1865*
  • AAS/HIS 180 – African American History 1865 to present*
  • AAS/HIS 190 – History of Race Relations in the U.S*
  • AAS/ SOC 281 – Sociology of Race in the U.S.*
  • AAS 260/WGSS 260 – Women of African Descent: A Global Perspective*
  • AAS 353/CRI 352 – Advanced Criminology: Race and Crime
  • ANT 246/Climate Change and Society*
  • ANT 315/Ethnicity, Race and Nation*
  • ANT 335/Global Urbanization*
  • ECO 115/American Political Economy *
  • HGS 200/Genocide and Human Rights*
  • HGS 210/Non-Violence and Peace Action *
  • HIS 190/AAS 282/History of Race Relations in the US*
  • HIS 327/European Social History Since 1789*
  • HIS 367/From Civil Rights to Human Rights in US History*
  • HIS 370/The United States in World History*
  • POL 250/Politics and Society of Developing Countries*
  • POL 365/Origins of the US Constitution*
  • SOC 281/Sociology of Race in the US*
  • SOC 315/Racism, Power and Privilege*
  • SOC 365/Poverty and Welfare in the US*
  • USA 101-102/Introduction to USA Studies*
  • WGS 235/Gender and Violence*
  • WGS 301/Women in America*
  • WGS 330/Gender and Public Policy*


Arts and Humanities (two from the following)

  • AAS 235/African-American Film *
  • AAS/LIT 378 – African American Literature 1920-1980*
  • BUS 375 or MGT 375/Innovation*
  • MGT 385/Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility*
  • COM 271/Film and Society*
  • ECO 210/History of Economic Thought*
  • HGS 200/Genocide and Human Rights*
  • INT 300/Human Rights in International Relations*
  • JPW 321/Race, Gender and the News*
  • LIT 280/Literature, Film and Art of American Politics*
  • LIT 315/Men and Masculinities*
  • LIT 380/Representations of the Holocaust*
  • PHL 135/Contemporary Moral Issues*
  • PHL 240/Political Philosophy
  • PHL 375/Law and Ethics
  • POL 270/Western Political Thought*
  • WGS 376/Global Women Writers*


  • Any approved ACEL course


*Courses without prerequisites


In addition to courses required by this concentration, a student must complete one approved course in quantitative reasoning and one approved course in natural science to satisfy breadth requirements in liberal learning. Students should consult their major or open option advisors about how best to complete other liberal learning requirements.