New Social Justice A.A. with Emphasis Degree

Prepares students to articulate conceptions of social justice across multiple perspectives

Inver Hills Community College is offering a new Associate of Arts (A.A.) with an Emphasis in Social Justice starting fall semester 2021. The college also offers a Social Justice certificate for students wishing to expand their social justice skills.

“A group of ten faculty and staff worked on the Social Justice Task Force to create a degree program that gives students the power to articulate the many ways that social justice is conceptualized,” said Barbara C. Curchack, PhD, the college’s dean of liberal arts. “Students in the program will work to understand forms of oppression with the goal to become effective agents of social change.”

Dr. Curchack added that the 60-credit Social Justice A.A. with Emphasis prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue a wide variety of majors, including:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Social Justice
  • Public Policy
  • Political Science
  • Sociology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Social Work
  • Pre-Law
  • And more!

“The Social Justice A.A. with Emphasis is designed for students who want to build knowledge and skills to make a difference in the lives of people who have been marginalized by our society,” Dr. Curchack said.

Sadie Pendaz-Foster, PhD, teaches courses in the Sociology program at Inver Hills. Dr. Pendaz-Foster worked on the committee that designed the new Social Justice program.

“As a sociologist, I’m excited to have worked on the Social Justice curriculum,” she said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how we in sociology can support the Social Justice program in the future here at Inver Hills.”

New Social Justice certificate

Advance human rights

Inver Hills is also offering a new Social Justice certificate (15–16 credits) that prepares you to articulate conceptions of social justice across multiple perspectives. You will work to understand forms of oppression while developing the skills and knowledge you need to become an effective agent of social change.

The certificate may complement work experience, a previous college degree, or build a foundation for the A.A. or A.A. with Emphasis in Social Justice.

Social Justice Certificate Core curriculum

Social Justice Theory and Action (6 credits):
SJS 1100: Introduction to Social Justice: 3 credits
SJS 1200 Social Justice in Action: Methods, Skills, and Practice: 3 credits
Skills: Take one of the following two courses (3 credits):
COMM 1110: Public Speaking: 3 credits
COMM 2240: Intercultural Communication: 3 credits
Breadth: Take two of the following courses (6–7 credits):
ANTH 1160: Migrants and Refugees: 3 credits
ENG 1180: World Literature: 4 credits
GWS 1100: Gender Race and American Culture: 3 credits
HUM 1115: Holocaust and Genocide in Film: 3 credits
HUM 1140: Latin American Culture and Civilization: 3 credits
MUSC 1160: Music and Protest: 3 credits
PHIL 1112: Ethics: 3 credits
POLS 1121: State and Local Government: 3 credits
POLS 1131: World Politics: 3 credits
SOC 1127: Social Inequalities: Race, Class, and Gender: 3 credits

Total: 15–16 Credits
Learn more about the new Social Justice A.A. with Emphasis and Social Justice certificate at Inver Hills by contacting:

Admissions Team
College Center

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