Department of Society and Social Justice
Department overview •
Community services (M.) •
Community services and
social work internships • Criminal
justice (M., m.) • Legal studies (m.) •
Social work (M.) • Sociology and
Cultural Anthropology (M., m.) • Women's
studies (M.) • Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series
The Department of Society and Social Justice at Saint Martin's
University is dedicated to the rigorous investigation of society and
a concern for the impact of existing societal arrangements on the
lives of individuals. The SSJ program encompasses several key
- Concern for improving the quality of human
life through community organizing, direct
practice, and increased awareness of human
- Commitment to cross-cultural comparison,
cultural relativism, and global engagement
- Dedication to examining and documenting
empirically societal structures, patterns, and
processes that can illuminate social life
- Recognition of the value of ideas and
knowledge for their own sake as well as for the
beneficent social purposes they may inspire
Real world challenges. Real world opportunities.
SSJ students hone their skills and awareness through service,
advocacy and government internship opportunities. Students find
further avenues for growth through collaborations with
professors and ongoing campus events such as the Robert A.
Harvie Social Justice Lecture Series.
Students in the SSJ programs cultivate proficiency in
essential skills for the 21st century:
- Critical thinking
- Ethical decision-making
- Servant leadership
Building the foundation for world change.
Students in the SSJ programs mature both personally and
professionally, graduating as skilled professionals ready to
make meaningful contributions to global transformation.
Four majors. Two minors. One goal.
The Department of Society and Social Justice offers major
concentrations in Social Work, Community Services,
Sociology-Anthropology, and Criminal Justice. Students may minor
in Legal Studies and Women's Studies.
With a shared history rooted in the early 20th century settlement
house movement, Social Work and Community Services focus on the plight
of disadvantaged individuals. Contemporary social work recognizes that,
while the faces and accents of the disadvantaged may have changed over
the last 100 years, the circumstances that create their disadvantage are
often re-fashioned anew.
The Sociology-Anthropology concentration investigates the
organization of societies found in both the modern era and the
pre-literate epochs. Students develop the intellectual tools they need
to comprehend the structure and patterns found within today's society,
and the universal sources of current social arrangements as they are
reflected in ancient societies.
Criminal Justice examines the arrangements contemporary societies
develop for handing anti-social behavior, and critically examines their
impact on society and the individual.
The Legal Studies minor isolates the institutional arrangements and
principals that govern our courts and examines them as autonomous
sources of influence and control.
Women's Studies focuses on the role of gender in society and
considers the status of women in the contemporary worlds of
work, culture, politics, and the home.