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 and to stimulate interest in advocacy and the planned change process.
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.
SOC_WK 1115 Social Welfare and Social Work
SOC_WK 2220 or SOC_WK 2220W Human Behavior and the Social Environment
SOC_WK 2000 or SOC_WK 2000W Social and Economic Justice
SOC_WK 4330 Addiction Treatment and Prevention
SOC_WK 4370 Delinquency, Corrections and Social Treatment
SOC_WK 4390 Helping Strategies with Children and Adolescents
SOC_WK 4395 Death, Grief and Loss
SOC_WK 4400 Domestic Violence
SOC_WK 4410 Law & Social Work Practice
SOC_WK 4450 Introduction to Child Welfare
SOC_WK 4480 Helping Strategies with Older Persons
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.