Communication and Social Justice, Minor

Program Code: CSOCJ_UMNR

Program Description

The idea of a more just society is a shared value and goal across the university. The Communication and Social Justice minor is designed to bring students from different disciplines who share that commitment together and provide them with the communication skills they need to achieve a more just social world. There are two parts of a curriculum that students must take to achieve the minor. They will take 3 courses (9 credits) on social justice subject matter drawn from a transdisciplinary list, one of which must be a 400-level course. Then, they will take three communications skills courses (9 credits) that will help them communicate that subject matter more effectively. The first, a basic production course on how to shoot, record, edit or launch multimedia content (either COMM 270, COMM 283 or LA 235N). The second, a course on digital communication strategies, and finally a capstone course that will apply the skills from the first two courses and supervise students in the creation and launch of a digital communications campaign that will further the causes they are passionate about. Completion of the minor will help further an ongoing conversation about the importance of a just society and prepare students to be effective multimedia communicators.

What is Communication and Social Justice?

The Communication and Social Justice minor is for students who would like to learn to communicate their commitment and passion for social justice to the general public to help further causes that they care about. Students will draw from their knowledge base in their home majors and learn to create media assets and multi-media campaigns designed to persuade. Completion of the minor will prepare students to create and utilize media campaigns, skills which translate well into any chosen field today.

You Might Like This Program If...

You care about helping to foster a more just society and want to learn to communicate in today's media system. In a world dominated by media, knowing how to create and utilize different forms of media will serve any student well in their chosen field.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
COMM 232Communication Strategies for Social Justice3
COMM 432Social Justice Media Project3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select three courses from the following list of department approved courses. One course must be at the 400 level.9
Introduction to Asian American Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Diversity, Pedagogy, and Visual Culture Keystone/General Education Course
Black Freedom Struggles Keystone/General Education Course
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
Afro-Latin America: Race and Revolution Keystone/General Education Course
Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
Identities, Power and Perceptual Pedagogies in Teaching and Learning
Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Africa Keystone/General Education Course
Poverty in Africa Keystone/General Education Course
Globalization and Its Implications
America in the 1960s: An Introduction Keystone/General Education Course
LGBTQ+ Identity, Culture and The Arts Keystone/General Education Course
Human Sexuality as a Health Concern
Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy
Labor in the Global Economy
Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature
Media and Democracy Keystone/General Education Course
Gender, Diversity and the Media Keystone/General Education Course
Cultural Aspects of the Mass Media
Race, Crime, and Justice
Corrections in America
Women and the Criminal Justice System
Educational Reform and Public Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Education and Public Policy
Introduction to Disability Studies in the Humanities Keystone/General Education Course
Inequality: Economics, Philosophy, Literature Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Mapping Identity, Difference, and Place
Chicana and Chicano Cultural Production: Literature, Film, Music
Insect Connections: Insects, Globalization and Sustainability Keystone/General Education Course
Visions of Nature Keystone/General Education Course
Geography of Race, Class, and Poverty in America
Geographies of Justice
Globalization Keystone/General Education Course
Communities and Families
The History of the Israel-Palestine Conflict (1917-Present) Keystone/General Education Course
History of Welfare and Poverty in the United States Keystone/General Education Course
The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement
Lesbian and Gay History
Introduction to Latina/o Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to U.S. Latina/o History Keystone/General Education Course
Latinx Gender and Sexuality Studies Keystone/General Education Course
Youth Cultures in Latin(a/o) America
Gender Matters Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Racism, and Diversity Keystone/General Education Course
Medical and Health Care Ethics
Winning Political Support Through Persuasion
Rights in America Keystone/General Education Course
Gender and Politics
The Politics of Human Rights
Sex, Race, & Justice: The U.S. Supreme Court and Equality
Ethics of Climate Change Keystone/General Education Course
Social Problems Keystone/General Education Course
Race, Ethnicity and Culture Keystone/General Education Course
Critical Race Theory in the Humanities and Social Sciences Keystone/General Education Course
Race and Public Policy
World Population Diversity
Social Change
Sociology of Sexuality
Race, Gender, and Employment Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Multimedia Production
Television Field Production
Media, Social Justice, and the Public Humanities

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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