The Social Welfare & Justice major is a multidisciplinary
major within the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences that looks at justice from anthropology, criminal
justice and law, sociology and social work perspectives. Students can also minor in
SOWJ or combine the SOWJ major with a major in sociology
or criminal justice and law. Students interested in a psychology
major can also count psychology statistics and research courses
toward the SOWJ major.
- SOWJ 1001 Introduction to Social Welfare & Justice (Offered every semester)
- SOWJ 2200 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (Offered every semester)
- SOWJ 3001 Social Welfare Policy & Programs (Offered Annually in the Spring Only)
- SOWJ 3300 Practice Skills with Individuals, Families, and Groups (Offered Annually in the Fall Only)
- SOCI/CRLS 3050 Methods (Offered every semester)
- SOWJ 3986 Internship (Offered every semester, but must have senior standing)
- Plus 12 credits of electives
- SOCI 2060 Social Statistics must be taken for college math requirements
- SOWJ 1001 Introduction to Social Welfare & Justice
- SOWJ 3001 Social Welfare Policy & Programs
- SOWJ 3300 Practice Skills with Individuals, Families, and Groups]
- Plus 9 credits of electives
Sample Elective courses: Victim Services & Policies; Advocacy & Social Change; Immigrants & Their Communities; Faith-based Activism; Conflict Resolution & Restorative Justice; International Social Work Practices; Race & Family; Social Inequality; Race, Gender & Medicine; Domestic Violence
Upon completion of major in social Welfare and Justice, a student should be able to:
- Interpret qualitative and quantitative data when used as measures of the social justice objectives of human dignity, freedom, equity, and non-discriminatory access to opportunities and services.
- Demonstrate the foundational knowledge and analytic skills necessary for evaluating the status of social welfare and justice in the United States.
- Use an appropriate empirical research method to assess a human need.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of social science theories and professional practices as applied to advancing the well being of individuals, families, and communities.
- Identify and use interpersonal skills appropriate to specific professional applications.