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Law, Justice, and Social Change Sub-major

LJSC Submajor Requirements

Students have the option of adding a submajor in Law, Justice, and Social Change to their Sociology major. Courses in the LJSC submajor offer students a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the relationship between legal institutions, inequality, and the capacity of social groups to produce fundamental social change.  

Elective Credits

As a part of the major elective credits, students must complete at least 12 credit hours with a C- or better from the following list of approved courses.

  • A minimum of 8 credits of which must be elected in the LJSC submajor at the 300-level or above 

Approved LJSC Submajor Courses:

  • SOC 204: International Migration and the Politics of Membership in a Globalizing World
  • SOC 208: Terrorism, Torture, & Violence
  • SOC 225: Project Community - Criminal Justice sections
  • SOC 270: Gender and the Law
  • SOC 304: American Immigration
  • SOC 325: Project Community: Advanced Practicum - Criminal Justice Section
  • SOC 335: Urban Inequality in America
  • SOC 350: Human Rights and the United Nations
  • SOC 354: Law and Society
  • SOC 368: Criminology
  • SOC 391: Justice in Action
  • SOC 422: Latin America
  • SOC 450: Human Rights in a Globalizing World
  • SOC 461: Social Movements: Political Protest and Collective Resistance
  • SOC 465: Sociology of Deviance: From Sin to Sickness
  • SOC 468: Crime & Justice: Inside Out Prison Exchange
  • SOC 476: Sociology of Bioethics
  • SOC 488: Organizing Internship
  • SOC 489: Organizing: People, Power, and Social Change
  • Approved topics in SOC 295, 495, 394 (SURO), 395 (Independent Study), 396 (Internship)

Policies & Credit Limits

A maximum of 6 credits in the submajor may come from Experiential Learning or Independent Study style courses. This includes but is not limited to SOC 225, 325, 391, 394, 395, 396, 468, and 488.

Students majoring in Sociology with a submajor in Law, Justice, and Social Change are not permitted to elect a minor in Crime & Justice or History of Law and Policy.


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