Inequality and Social Justice

Inequality is at the core of most sociological inquires. The concentration in inequality and social justice examines the causes and consequences of inequalities based on class, gender, race/ethnicity, disability, age, and sexual orientation. Social inequalities at the local, national, and global levels are studied, as are the political, legal, and social processes that contribute to or reduce inequalities. Ethical elements of social justice are considered with regard to inequality. A concentration in inequality and social justice prepares students for employment in a variety of government and private-sector agencies, especially in social services, or for graduate school in Sociology. It also provides valuable preparation for related fields such as law, social work, education, counseling, politics, and public administration.


Bachelor of Arts - Sociology; Inequality and Social Justice Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: No more than 60 sociology credits may count toward graduation.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower Core Courses6
Upper Core Courses6
Major Content Courses12
Upper Division Writing Course3
Inequality and Social Justice Concentration15
Total Hours42

Lower Division Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Content Courses

Rule: Choose 4 courses from those listed. 2 must be numbered 300 or above.

Note: Students may count only 1 course from their respective concentration as a major content course.

Select 12 credits with 6 credits at the 300 level or above from the following:12
Introduction to Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Race, Gender & Class
Intro Development Sociology
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Population and Society
Soc Psych and Social Structure
Environmental Sociology
Political Sociology
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Writing Course

Note: A non-sociology upper division writing course from another department may be substituted for this requirement with departmental consent.

Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Capstone: Rural and Env Change
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Inequality and Social Justice Concentration

Rule: Complete 15 credits in the following categories

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Core

Note: Students must take a minimum of five courses in their option area (15 credits), and three elective courses (9 credits) outside of the option area. Students should complete SOCI 220S or SOCI 275S first, and complete at least 2 ISJ electives before taking SOCI 441.

SOCI 220SRace, Gender & Class3
or SOCI 275S Gender and Society
SOCI 441Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Inequality and Social Justice Electives

Note: It is recommended that students take SOCI 442 or SOCI 498 concurrent with SOCI 441.

Select three of the following:9
Social Stratification
Law and Society
ISJ Service Learning
Sociology of Poverty
Gender and Global Development
Political Sociology
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-