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Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

Minor in Citizenship & Social Justice

CSJ Minor 

Overview of the Minor in Citizenship & Social Justice

Offered through the Center for Citizenship & Social Justice (CCSJ), the minor in Citizenship & Social Justice provides graduates with a foundational understanding of concepts, issues, strategies, and practices of social justice from interdisciplinary and community-based perspectives. Students will engage citizenship and social justice through multiple lenses of critical theory and engagement.

Minor Requirements

22 credits in total

The following courses are required for the minor (10 hours total):

  • CSJ 200 Introduction to Social Justice (3 credits)
  • CSJ 301 Seminar in Social Justice (3 credits)
  • CSJ 435 Reimagining Citizenship (3 credits)
  • CSJ 499 Social Justice Capstone (1 credit)

12 credits in approved electives; 6 of those credits must be at the 300-400 level.

For more information, contact CCSJ's Director, Leah Ashwill at leah.ashwill@wku.edu.

Why Do This Minor?

- You are interested in working to counter social injustice and oppression

- You want to engage critically with new knowledge about social change and cultural transformation

- You are interested in activism and/or community work as part of your studies

- You wish to be part of a learning community devoted to social justice concerns

"The CSJ provided me with a background in community organizing that empowered me throughout my undergraduate carrier and has prepared me for the graduate program I am in now. The skills I gained in being a student leader through the CSJ have helped with my continued leadership. I have found that in my graduate program I have had similar discussions and read material that I was given in my CSJ Certificate courses. This allows me to be well versed in discussing various topics that we face in today's society"
- Noelle, Graduate Assistant, Northern Arizona University


"I think that what draws me to CSJ courses is the community aspect.  Not only do the classes become like a community because they are so small, but we each reach beyond the classroom walls and learn to affect our community in positive ways.  I've taken a class on coalition building and a class on public problem solving.  Both are going to be useful no matter what I do with my future." -Hillary, WKU Senior, Alvaton, KY

How Will this fit with my major and/or career goals?

This minor is a good complement for a wide-variety of majors and will serve students in many career paths, particularly as employers are increasingly interested in employees who can think critically, act responsibly, and who embrace diversity. CCSJ is part of the Department of Diversity & Community Studies (DCS), which launched a new major in fall 2014 that is a particularly good fit with this minor.

CSJ coursework focuses on empowering students to improve their leadership talents, critical thinking, collaboration skills, and communicative abilities. All of these are important for a student's degree, regardless of major, and we welcome students from all disciplines, encouraging them to think of creative ways to merge their CSJ coursework with their major. Past and present students in CSJ have majored in Anthropology, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish, among other things.

Courses in Citizenship and Social Justice aid in building necessary skills for campus and community leadership, and CSJ students are active workers and volunteers in a variety of groups and organizations both on and off campus. Past and present examples include Public Achievement, Student Identity Outreach, WKU Greentoppers, Black Student Alliance, WKU Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Community Options, Enactus, Community Threads, and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

A minor in Citizenship & Social Justice opens many opportunities, both locally and outside of the region. For those interested in the public sector, there are many opportunities to work in local, state, and federal governmental agencies, as well as educational institutions; in addition, students interested in programs such as AmeriCorps Peace Corps, and Teach for America would benefit from the minor. If students are interested in private-sector organizations, many businesses are increasingly interested in social responsibility; in addition, areas such as business cooperatives, publishing, media, marketing, consulting, and entrepreneurship are potential fields of interest.

Nonprofit and community-based opportunities are a major area of potential for students in the minor. Students will gain the skills that are necessary to work in social justice organizations, grassroots advocacy, religious organizations, creative arts programs, environmental justice, sustainable food systems, and the cultural sustainability sector. Many community-based initiatives, such as public health programs, refugee and immigration support, community-based education, and farmers' markets, are also options for students with a minor in Citizenship and Social Justice.



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 Last Modified 12/5/18