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Social Justice Minor

The Social Justice minor offers students the opportunity to interrogate and think critically about structural inequalities and injustices, as well as to develop strategies for creating and sustaining an equitable and just world. This interdisciplinary minor introduces students to the complexity of social justice issues and helps them develop an intersectional framework that recognizes ways in which various forms of oppression and privilege interact, as well as how oppressive systems such as racism and sexism are intricately connected. Minors will be able to recognize inequalities and will gain the skills to address unjust practices in a variety of settings. The minor is especially appropriate for students who anticipate working in advocacy roles in nonprofit organizations, in local communities, or in governmental organizations.

Social Justice minors will complete FIVE courses: three core courses and two electives at the 300-level or above. Minors must also complete an Advanced Community Engaged Learning (ACEL) requirement. For further information, contact the Department Chair, Piper Kendrix Williams, at or Winnifred Brown-Glaude at A minimum of 2.5 course units in residence (taken at TCNJ) is required in the minor, and a minimum 2.0 GPA is also required in the minor.


Core (3 course units)

  • AAS150 / WGS 150 Introduction to Social Justice OR the Social Justice FSP regularly offered for Bonner Scholars
  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • HIS 190 / AAS 282 US Race Relations OR SOC 281 / AAS 281 Sociology of Race in the US
  • ACEL Advanced Community Engaged Learning – The ACEL requirement can be met using a course with ACEL approval or using ACEL-by-contract options (pending approval)

Electives (2 course units)

Students will choose two courses at the 300-level or above, one each from two of the following domains:

  1. Intersectionality: Race/Gender/Sexuality
  2. Environment/Environmental Justice
  3. Justice and the Law
  4. Class and Inequality