College Now Offers ‘Social Justice’ Major For Students

Grace Carr | Reporter

Another college is offering its students the chance to major in social justice, allowing them to bring their love of protesting to academia.

Merrimack College, a Roman Catholic institution located in Andover, Mass., now offers social majors the chance to “turn their passion for change, human rights and a more just world into a career,” according to the major description. The course of study seeks to prepare students for advocacy and human rights work within local community organizations as well as in larger settings within national and international non-governmental organizations.

The college also began hosting “Social Justice Week” in 2013. The event offers workshops, lectures, and discussions on topics like gender pronouns, police shootings, cultural diversity and financial exclusion.

More than 100 colleges and universities in the U.S. offer “social justice” academic programs that give students credit for studying intersectionality, privilege, oppression, racial minorities and gender pronouns, according to the College Fix. The College Fix also found that 64 American colleges offer minors in social justice, 18 offer four-year social justice degrees, and 15 offer social justice master’s degrees.

Countless universities also offer peace and conflict studies.

Merrimack College did not respond to the DCNF’s request for comment in time for publication.

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