Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a social justice minor?

If you are committed to making your community better, a minor in social justice can give you the skills you need to learn how to advocate for change, organize like-minded individuals and understand the impact of social policy. 

The minor in social justice offers an exceptionally flexible curriculum, with more than 80 classes offered as part of the program. That allows you to select classes that match your interests while providing a broad base of knowledge and exposing you to new ideas and concepts.

All students in the minor take three core courses that examine the history of social movements, their impact on attitudes and behaviors, and the use of intersectionality to respond to social inequality. Then, you will choose your remaining minor electives from a broad list of courses, representing disciplines such as communication studies, criminal justice, history, political science and philosophy, among others. 

You'll be able to take classes in topics such as gendered inequality, environmental inequality, race and ethnicity, and queer theory, as well as explore propaganda, rhetoric and policy opportunities such as community policing or urban planning. 

The minor is offered by the Department of Gender, Race and Identity in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers degree programs that explore inequality and social justice to prepare graduates for careers in public advocacy, politics, education and more. 

Professors in the Department of Gender, Race and Identity represent a variety of academic disciplines and bring and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research that focuses on better understanding the diverse range of human experiences. 

Careers with a minor in social justice

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

Life's a journey. Honors makes it meaningful.

At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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