SOWJ Major Requirements

Social Welfare and Justice Major

The Social Welfare & Justice major is a multidisciplinary major within the Department of Social and Cultural Sciences that looks at justice from anthropological, legal, criminological, sociological, and social work perspectives. Students can also minor in SOWJ or combine the SOWJ major with a major in anthropology, sociology or criminology and law studies. Students interested in a psychology major can also count psychology statistics and research methods courses toward the SOWJ major. Please visit the social welfare and justice electives, other approved electivesundergraduate bulletin, and suggested curriculum pages for additional information.


The Social Welfare and Justice major consists of 30 credit hours including six required courses: 

  • SOWJ 1001: Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice
  • SOWJ 2200: Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SOWJ 3001: Social Welfare Policy and Programs
  • SOWJ 3300: Practice Skills with Individuals and Families 
  • SOWJ 3986: Internship in Social Welfare and Justice
  • CRLS 3050: Methods of Criminological Research or SOCI 3050: Methods of Social Research


  • Students also need to take four electives from a variety of social welfare and justice courses offered by our full-time and part time faculty.
  • Additional credits received by participating in the Interdisciplinary Internship Program (SOWJ 4986) can be used toward the degree as one of the elective courses.
  • Electives toward SOWJ degree can also be taken from approved courses in anthropology,  sociology, and criminology and law studies.

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