The Justice and Equity Studies program focuses on a study of justice and equity that extends beyond the study of crime, law, and the criminal justice system, understanding that these are constitutive parts of larger issues of justice, conflict, and social change. As such, this minor situates conversations about justice and equity within an interdisciplinary framework that emphasizes historic, economic, political, and social context. The courses, taught by faculty from a broad range of disciplines, provide opportunities for students to grapple with key classical statements, evaluate empirical research, and propose policy solutions. Students who complete the minor will have learned knowledge and skills allowing them to pursue careers in law, public policy, social justice, criminal justice, and social services.

Program Contacts
Dr. John Harfouch
Philosophy Department
Morton Hall Room 222
256-824-2337
 
Dr. Jennifer Sims
Sociology Department
Morton Hall Room 247
256-824-2301

The minor in Justice and Equity Studies requires completion of 21 hours of courses (as distributed below), including a minimum of 12 hours of courses at or above the 300 level, and completion of a capstone portfolio and portfolio conference.

Students must take 1 course from each of the 3 core groups (or an equivalent course as approved by the program director).

Justice and Equity Studies Minor Requirements21
Group 1
INTRO TO ETHICS
WORLD HISTORY SINCE 1500
UNITED STATES TO 1877
UNITED STATES SINCE 1877
Group 2
INTRO TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT
INTRO TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY
INTRO TO CRIMINOLOGY
Group 3
PROTEST LITERATURE
PHILOSOPHY OF RACE
RACE AND ETHNICITY
Students must take 4 additional electives from the following list (including no more than two electives from any discipline)
SPEC TOPICS IN COMM ARTS 1
DARK SIDE INTERPERSONAL COMM
MULTICULTURAL FND EDUCATION
PROTEST LITERATURE
ANGLOPHONE/POSTCOLONIAL LIT
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
ETHNIC AMERICAN NOVEL
DRAMATIC LITERATURE 2
WOMEN IN U.S. HISTORY
U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS
SECTARIANISM ISLAMIC WORLD
BEING YOUNG MODERN MIDDLE EAST
COMPTV SLAVERY & ABOLITION
GENDER & SEXUALITY LATIN AM
NAZI GERMANY AND THE HOLOCAUST
CONTINENTIAL PHILOSOPHY
PHILOSOPHY OF ART
ASIAN PHILOSOPHY
PHILOSOPHY OF RACE
CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES
REGIONAL STUDIES
LAW, COURTS, & PUBLIC POLICY
LIFE-SPAN DEVELOPMENT
PSYCHOLOGY AND LAW
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
RACE AND ETHNICITY
MONEY AND POWER
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
WHITE COLLAR CRIME
DRUGS AND SOCIETY
1

CM 340: Spec Topics in Comm Arts:  Public Memory and Race in the South

2

EH 465: Dramatic Literature: Studies in Drama, Gender and Sexuality

Students must complete a Capstone Portfolio and a Portfolio Conference.
In their final semester at UAH, students completing the minor in Justice & Equity Studies will prepare a portfolio featuring three research projects or major papers from their Justice & Equity Studies courses in at least two different disciplines. Students will introduce the portfolio with a cover letter tying the papers to the Student Learning Outcomes for the minor. Following the completion of the portfolio, students will complete a portfolio conference, consisting of questions and answers, as well as a broader discussion of the portfolio, with the director and two other members of the Justice & Equity Studies Program Advisory Committee.