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CCSJ Minor in Citizenship & Social Justice



Center for Citizenship & Social Justice

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Bowling Green, KY 42101

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Minor in Citizenship & Social Justice

Overview of the New Minor

Offered through the Center for Citizenship & Social Justice (CCSJ), the minor in Citizenship & Social Justice provides graduates with a foundational understanding of concepts, issues, strategies, and practices of social justice from interdisciplinary and community-based perspectives. Students will engage citizenship and social justice through multiple lenses of critical theory and engagement.

Minor Requirements

22 credits in total

The following courses are required for the minor (10 hours total):

  • ICSR 200 Introduction to Social Justice (3 credits)
  • ICSR 301 Seminar in Social Justice (3 credits)
  • ICSR 435 Reimagining Citizenship (3 credits)
  • ICSR 499 Public Work (1 credit)

12 credits in approved electives; 6 of those credits must be at the 300-400 level.

For more information, contact CCSJ's Director, Leah Ashwill at


Required CCSJ Course Descriptions

ICSR 200 Introduction to Social Justice (3 credits)

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

ICSR 301 Seminar in Social Justice (1-3 variable credit) An examination of current social problems or issues and a consideration of possible courses of action to address the problems or issues. Repeatable up to six hours.

ICSR 435 Reimagining Citizenship (3 credits) An analysis of the contestations, inclusions and exclusions produced through multiple deployments of the concept, citizenship. Prerequisite: ICSR 200 Introduction to Social Justice.

ICSR 499 Public Work Capstone (1 credit) In this capstone course for the ICSR minor students implement a social justice project on campus and/or in the community. Students will use knowledge and skills developed in foundational ICSR courses to develop and execute a social justice project attentive to campus/community needs. Prerequisite: ICSR 200 Introduction to Social Justice or permission of instructor.

List of electives

  • AFAM 190 The African American Experience
  • AFAM 333 Hip Hop & Democracy
  • AFAM 343 Communities of Struggle
  • AFAM/FLK 377 African American Folklore
  • ANTH/FLK 342 Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
  • ANTH 343 Anthropology of Gender
  • ANTH 360 Applied Anthropology: Understanding and Addressing Contemporary Human Problems
  • DCS 300 Public Problem Solving
  • DCS 360 Place, Community and Resilience
  • ECON 434 The Economics of Poverty and Discrimination
  • ECON 445 Economics of Healthcare
  • ENG 360 Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • ENG 370 Multicultural Literature
  • ENG 393 African American Literature
  • FLK 330 Cultural Connections & Diversity
  • FLK 480 Women's Folklife
  • GEOG 380 Global Sustainability
  • GEOG 444 Environmental Ethics in Geography
  • GWS 200 Introduction to Gender & Women's Studies
  • GWS 301 Feminism, the Arts & Social Change
  • GWS 375 American Masculinities
  • HIST 379 Gandhi: The Creation of a Global Legacy
  • HIST 380 History of Human Rights
  • HIST 420 History of Sexuality
  • HIST 430 The Civil Rights Movement in America
  • HIST 446 American Legal History
  • HON 251 Citizen & Self
  • HON 380 Trends Shaping our Future: Local & Global Perspectives
  • PHIL 103 Committed Life
  • PHIL 202 Racial Justice
  • PHIL 212 Philosophy and Gender Theory
  • PHIL 333 Marx & Critical Theory
  • PHIL 427 Philosophy of Law
  • PS 110 American National Government
  • PS 373 Minority Politics
  • PS 435 American Political Thought
  • PSY 355 Issues in Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • REL 401 War and Peace in Religious Thought
  • SOCL 240 Global Social Problems
  • SOCL 312 Collective Behavior
  • SOCL 355 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCL 359 Sexuality and Society
  • SOCL 362 Race, Class, & Gender
  • SOCL 452 Social Change
  • THEA 349 Sex, Power and Performance

Why Do This Minor?

- You are interested in working to counter social injustice and oppression

- You want to engage critically with new knowledge about social change and cultural transformation

- You are interested in activism and/or community work as part of your studies

- You wish to be part of a learning community devoted to social justice concerns

"The ICSR provided me with a background in community organizing that empowered me throughout my undergraduate carrier and has prepared me for the graduate program I am in now. The skills I gained in being a student leader through the ICSR have helped with my continued leadership. I have found that in my graduate program I have had similar discussions and read material that I was given in my ICSR Certificate courses. This allows me to be well versed in discussing various topics that we face in today's society"
- Noelle, Graduate Assistant, Northern Arizona University


"I think that what draws me to ICSR courses is the community aspect.  Not only do the classes become like a community because they are so small, but we each reach beyond the classroom walls and learn to affect our community in positive ways.  I've taken a class on coalition building and a class on public problem solving.  Both are going to be useful no matter what I do with my future." -Hillary, WKU Senior, Alvaton, KY
Hillary WKU Student

How will this fit with my major and/or career goals?

This minor is a good complement for a wide-variety of majors and will serve students in many career paths, particularly as employers are increasingly interested in employees who can think critically, act responsibly, and who embrace diversity. CCSJ is part of the Department of Diversity & Community Studies (DCS), which launched a new major in fall 2014 that is a particularly good fit with this minor.

ICSR coursework focuses on empowering students to improve their leadership talents, critical thinking, collaboration skills, and communicative abilities. All of these are important for a student's degree, regardless of major, and we welcome students from all disciplines, encouraging them to think of creative ways to merge their ICSR coursework with their major. Past and present students in ICSR have majored in Anthropology, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Religious Studies, and Spanish, among other things.

Courses in Citizenship and Social Justice aid in building necessary skills for campus and community leadership, and ICSR students are active workers and volunteers in a variety of groups and organizations both on and off campus. Past and present examples include Public Achievement, Student Identity Outreach, WKU Greentoppers, Black Student Alliance, WKU Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Community Options, Enactus, Community Threads, and Kentuckians for the Commonwealth.

A minor in Citizenship & Social Justice opens many opportunities, both locally and outside of the region. For those interested in the public sector, there are many opportunities to work in local, state, and federal governmental agencies, as well as educational institutions; in addition, students interested in programs such as AmeriCorps Peace Corps, and Teach for America would benefit from the minor. If students are interested in private-sector organizations, many businesses are increasingly interested in social responsibility; in addition, areas such as business cooperatives, publishing, media, marketing, consulting, and entrepreneurship are potential fields of interest.

Nonprofit and community-based opportunities are a major area of potential for students in the minor. Students will gain the skills that are necessary to work in social justice organizations, grassroots advocacy, religious organizations, creative arts programs, environmental justice, sustainable food systems, and the cultural sustainability sector. Many community-based initiatives, such as public health programs, refugee and immigration support, community-based education, and farmers' markets, are also options for students with a minor in Citizenship and Social Justice.

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