Jul 15, 2024  
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Education and Social Justice Minor

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Combined minor offered by Woodring College of Education and Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies

32 Credits


The Education and Social Justice (ESJ) Minor integrates theory and practice (praxis) to equip students with the skills and knowledge for understanding the complex relations of culture, power, systems of oppression, and movements for social justice, particularly as it connects to children, youth, and schooling. As an interdisciplinary program, the ESJ Minor draws on a range of critical theories (both scholarly and grassroots-movement based) to frame and address economic inequality and poverty; corporate and state power; settler colonialism and imperialism; war and state violence; environmental harm; consumerism and commodification; and struggles over space, place, and territory. 

Courses in the ESJ Minor span a variety of areas where human dignity, freedom, and solidarity are at stake. Key themes that thread through the program include: critical and decolonizing theories and pedagogies, the social and political context of schools, the construction of individual and collective identities, mechanisms of social and cultural reproduction, and forms of resistance and political movement building for social change. 

Why Consider an Education and Social Justice Minor?

The ESJ minor prepares students for a wide variety of careers, or advanced study, concerned with fostering educational environments that are socially just, diverse, and equitable. The ESJ Minor is particularly targeted to students interested in professions as youth workers, public school teachers, counselors, and grassroots community organizers interested in effectively using social justice frameworks to address unjust conditions in and through formal and informal educational settings, public service, and private organizations.

 Contact Information

ESJ Faculty Co-Director
Dr. Dolores Calderon
Fairhaven 335

ESJ Program Coordinator/Staff Co-Director
Elaine Mehary
Miller Hall 150C

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How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students declare the ESJ Minor with Dr. Dolores Calderon or Elaine Mehary.

Grade Requirements

A grade of S or C- or better is required for this minor.

Program Requirements

Electives (at least 16 credits)

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