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WKU Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

Citizenship & Social Justice Minor


Core Classes:

CSJ 200 - Introduction to Social Justice with D. Cuomo - Fall and Spring

An introductory study of theories, concepts and strategies of social justice, including individual action, policy, advocacy, and collective action.

CSJ 301 – Seminar in Social Justice with M.Kerby - Spring 2018 and C. Hopson Fall 2018

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CSJ 435 - Reimagining Citizenship with D. Cuomo - Spring 2018 - CSJ 435 ONLY OFFERED IN SPRING SEMESTERS

Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, this course will introduce students to theories and concepts of citizenship that we will use to examine social justice issues including gender-based violence, gerrymandering, policing & incarceration, immigration and neocolonialism. With emphasis on solidarity, alliances and coalition building, this course expands traditional conceptions of citizenship to reimagine new possibilities of rights, responsibilities, civic engagement and political participation within and beyond the nation-state.

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CSJ 499 – Social Justice Capstone with L. Ashwill - Fall and Spring

A capstone experience in which students engage in and reflect upon public work.

Electives for Spring 2019:

AFAM 190 – African American Experience with C. Hopson,  A. Rosa and S. Ardrey

African American life and experiences in the United States viewed from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Seven core subjects are surveyed: African American history, religion, politics, creative productions (music, dance, theatre), economics, social organizations and psychology. *Available Online


ANTH 388- Foodways with B. Kaufkins, S. Brady, A. Ferrell, and T. Frandy

Exploration of the relationship between food and culture.


DCS 300 – Public Problem Solving with M. Kerby 

Investigation of historical perspectives and theoretical dimensions of public problem solving with attention to the development of collective power, capacities, and responsibilities.


ENG 393 – African-America Literature with C. Hopson

A critical study of the contributions of African-American writers to American literature.


FLK 330 - Cultural Connections/Diversity with T. Evans and B. Kaufkins

Service learning course that examines the diversity of American culture and engages students in activities to develop skills in working with a variety of cultural groups. 


GEOG 227- Our Vulnerable Planet with J. Brown, J. Oglesby, and A. Nermon

Explore how anthropogenic processes such as climate change, pollution, urban sprawl, deforestation, and desertification impact the people on Earth and its ecosystems. Does not count towards a major or minor in Geography if GEOG 280 is taken as part of the degree requirements. 


GWS 200 - Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies, with B. Button, K. Branham, and W. Wood.

Drawing on historical perspectives and cultural analysis, this course examines such topics as women and work, violence against women, family, and the social construction of gender, sexuality, race, and class. *Offered online 


GSW 400 - Western Feminist Thought, with K. Branham, and J. Olmsted

Presents the fundamental concepts embodied in Western feminist thought as it has developed from the eighteenth century to the present. It emphasizes a close analysis of individual works and critical evaluations of the assumptions and central concepts that inform the works under consideration


HON 251 – Citizen and Self, with E. Gish, A. Olson, L. Watkins, and C. Keller

A focus on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will lay the foundation for becoming an effective citizen. 


PS 110 – American National Government, with various

The essentials of the political system and processes, particularly at the national level, in the United States. *Available Online and On Demand


PS 374 - Women and Politics with V. Gordon

An examination of the political, economic and social status of American women from an historical and contemporary perspective; explores issues of concern to women in a political context.


SOCL 240 – Global Social Problems, with D. Lovell, J. McMahon, and D. Lovell

Examines causes of and responses to critical social problems in different world regions, with a focus on the dimensions and impacts of globalizations. Diverse social theories are applied to interpret problems such as environmental degradation, AIDS, family violence, racism, migration, international poverty, and crime. *Available On Demand


SOCL 362 - Race, Class, & Gender, with A. Onyekwuluje

The five primary institutions (family, religion, economy, education government) as they affect and are affected by race, class, and gender in America. Explores interrelationships among those institutions and between various racial and other groups. *Available On Demand and Online.


SWRK 300- Diversity and Social Welfare with G. Mallinger

This course engages students in the analysis of the nature and impact of economics, political and social ideologies, and cultural forces that shape the development of social welfare policies impacting diverse populations in the United States and abroad. The course emphasizes comparative approaches to the analysis of welfare policies influencing service delivery locally and globally. Policies covered include those that address: poverty, public assistance, health and behavioral health care, criminal justice, child welfare, food insecurity, and homelessness. Specific attention will be paid to the implications of social welfare policies for economic, environmental, and social justice issues and their impact on marginalized populations.


SWRK 395 – Social Welfare Policy & Issues with L. Hazlett

An understanding of the historical perspectives of social welfare policies as they affect current policy issues. Includes examination of the processes of policy formulation. Models of policy analysis assist students identifying, and their impact on citizens representing a diversity of backgrounds. 


PH 447 – Human Values in Health Sciences with G. English

An analysis of the difficult ethical, legal, and social dilemmas confronting the health care delivery system, patients.




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