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College of Human Environmental Sciences

Social Justice Minor

The Social Justice minor is designed to give non-social work majors the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding about social justice in the person-environment context. Social Justice involves the idea that in a perfect world all citizens would have identical social benefits, rights, protections, and opportunities regardless of their backgrounds and membership in diverse groups. Recognizing that the world is not perfect, the primary goals for the minor in social justice are to enhance sensitivity to vulnerable and at-risk populations, to provide opportunity for critical review of social policies and the allocation of societal resources; to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process. Further, students who complete the Social Justice minor will have the opportunity to take part in experiential or Service Learning that will enhance their general knowledge about social work as a profession.

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In accordance with RSMO 337.600 regarding title protection, students who complete the Social Justice minor are not considered professional social workers and may not refer to themselves as BSW level social workers upon graduation.

SW 1115 Social Welfare and Social Work

SW 2220 or SW 2220W Human Behavior and the Social Environment

SW 2000 or SW 2000W Social and Economic Justice

Choose from:

SW 4330 Alcoholism Treatment and Prevention

SW 4350 Deaf Culture & Social Work Perspectives

SW 4360 Working with Minority Youth

SW 4370 Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment

SW 4380 Social Work Practice with Minorities

SW 4390 Helping Strategies with Children and Adolescents

SW 4395 Death, Grief and Loss

SW 4400 Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence

SW 4410 Law & Social Work Practice

SW 4430 Latino/a Immigrants and Receiving Communities

SW 4450 Introduction to Child Welfare

A minimum of 15 hours, comprised of the courses listed here, is required to complete the Social Justice minor. Students must have a 2.5 minimum GPA to apply for and earn the minor. Note that students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses and a maximum of 6 credit hours from transfer institutions may be applied toward the Social Justice minor.

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