Diversity and Social Justice Studies responds to the 21st century need for critical engaged people who can, through a variety of theoretical languages and methodologies: a) analyze the social construction of identity categories (gender, sexuality, race, class, age, national status, able-bodiedness, species, etc.) and recognize the difference these make to what we know and how we act in the world; b) recognize, address, and challenge global inequities around these intersecting identity categories and analyze how social structures and policies, systems of representation, and everyday practices perpetuate these inequities; c) see the world from multiple points of view at the same time, recognize the complexity of contexts in shaping those views, and understand that both knowledge and visions of social change are always situated and partial.
Diversity and Social Justice encourages interdisciplinary approaches and the development of intercultural knowledge through a variety of courses and other learning opportunities. Courses are divided into three thematic areas: 1) Gender and Sexuality; 2) Identities and Social Structures; 3) Cultural Representation and Analysis. And because of its structure of bringing together courses from a variety of different disciplines, in addition to a standalone major DSJS also makes a great minor or double major, where up to three cross-listed courses can be counted towards both majors.
Want to know more about the program? Have questions? Contact the coordinator (via the form on the right, or at email@example.com) or drop by her office in SDU Main Building 504. She can put you in touch with some current students too. Welcome to DSJS!