The Solidarity and Social Justice minor, with its range of disciplinary perspectives and experiential learning opportunities, helps students prepare for careers in the public, non-profit, private, and academic sectors. Students are exposed to justice-oriented careers in the introductory and capstone courses by invited speakers working in a variety of relevant fields. They develop concrete skills such as writing, public speaking, and dialogue, which are essential to succeeding in future careers. In addition, an alumni network will gradually assemble to assist and mentor new graduates.
Most importantly, the practicum (SOSJ 499) gives students the opportunity to acquire work-relevant skills and experiences in justice-oriented organizations. Students gain direct insight into on-the-ground issues that these organizations face, have the opportunity to reflect on these experiences with the SOSJ director, classmates, and community partners, and access important community networks.
Because of the interconnectedness of justice issues across the globe, international perspectives emerge in the curriculum through specific courses with a global or transnational focus. Students will be encouraged to participate in study abroad programs, international service opportunities as well as internships.