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Social Justice Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 45.1101 Sociology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Hanna Grol-Prokopczyk
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Subjects

Why study Social Justice Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

The Minor in Social Justice focuses on the causes and consequences of social injustices and gives students the knowledge to analyze social injustices and to work to combat them. Career fields such as legislative advocacy, politics, government service, human services, human rights, community organization, social work and law are areas for post-graduation employment. It is also an appropriate area of concentrated study for students whose plans include graduate training in sociology, social work, or law or who are interested in pursuing advanced training in any of the wide range of public policy, law, or justice professions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Minor in Social Justice, students should be able to:

  • Think critically and sociologically about social injustices and inequities.
  • Understand the intersection of socially and culturally constructed identities based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age, and religion.
  • Understand the categories of discrimination and their effects, including but not limited to racism, sexism, heterosexism, and classism.
  • Understand the role of social science in the development of an informed approach to social justice.
  • Know how to acquire and evaluate data associated with social justice issues, and acquire the skills needed to assess the validity and reliability of such data.
  • Gain significant practical experience doing social justice service and/or advocacy work.

The Learning Environment

About Our Facilities

The Sociology Department is housed in Park Hall. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.

About Our Faculty

We have an intellectually diverse and research-productive faculty that deliver high quality graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training, engage in extensive professional service, and publish research in top general and specialty journals. More than half of the Department faculty actively seek grants, and several faculty members have received awards over the years for outstanding teaching. We also have 3 Teaching Assistants and 4-5 adjuncts who teach our undergraduate courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Sociology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The Minor in Social Justice provides students with both depth and breadth of knowledge in the social sciences that creates a strong foundation to gain employment in any aspect of legislative advocacy, politics, government service, human services, human rights, community organization, social work and law. The Minor in Social Justice provides an appropriate intellectual foundation for advanced training in a range of professional and graduate programs of study, including law, public policy, social work, sociology and other social sciences.

Academic Advising

Students may contact the Sociology department (716-645-2417) for information on advising, or contact the CAS Advisement Office (716-645-6883).

Academic Advising Contact Information

Darren Portis advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-L, and Eric Streeter is the adviser for students with last names M-Z. The CAS Advisement Office can be reached at (716-645-6883).

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to students in our undergraduate programs who require financial assistance to fund their participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the study abroad program.

Students in our programs may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships, Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships, and UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards.

Associated Subjects

Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:22