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Literature, Social Justice, and Environment

The minor in Literature, Social Justice, and the Environment (LSJE) provides a structured program that allows students to benefit from the creative possibilities of interdisciplinary research.

Because of its interdisciplinary nature, LSJE minor compliments many majors and allows students to investigate course committed to empowering them as responsible and conscientious global citizens. This minor is intended to engage students with the most important contemporary developments in the study of race, gender, sexuality, global studies, and the natural environment. The program offers the freedom to explore diverse interdisciplinary approaches while developing a global consciousness rooted in a broad, yet practical understanding of the institutions that shape our human efforts.

Core courses in the Department of English focus on issues of social justice within the context of specific cultures and peoples. Within the LSJE curriculum, students may further explore discourse ranging from the gendered politics of the world of sports to historical treatments of nature and identity. They may choose to focus on topics of environmental ethics, political philosophy, and international politics. The program is flexible and adaptable to each student's needs.

Students should consult with the director, Dr. Cordelia Barrera, concerning course selection and progress toward the minor.

Requirements

The LSJE minor requires 18 credit hours, 6 of which are required ENGL courses. No more than two courses from any department or program may count toward the minor. The College of Arts and Sciences requires that at least 9 hours be from upper-division courses.

Required Courses

Choose 6 hours (2 courses) from the following:

* indicates the course must be taught by the instructors in the right column to include the appropriate material for the minor

Department Course Course Title Frequency Prereq Instructors
English 2391 Introduction to Critical Writing Every semester, multiple sections ENGL 1301 &1302

*C. Barrera, *S. Spurgeon, *M. Mullen*

English 3390 Literature of the Southwest Yearly, multiple sections 3 hours Soph. English C. Barrera, S. Spurgeon
English 3392 African American Literature Yearly, multiple sections 3 hours Soph. English M. Borshuk
English 3393 Latina/o Literature Yearly, multiple sections 3 hours Soph. English C. Barrera
English 3394 Asian American Literature Yearly, multiple sections 3 hours Soph. English Y. Shu
English 3395 Native American Literature Yearly, multiple sections 3 hours Soph. English  
English 3387 Multiethnic Literature Yearly, offered online 3 hours Soph. English C. Barrera
English

3382/WS 3382

Women Writers Every 2 years 3 hours Soph. English A. Rukavina, J. Snead, M. Purinton

Electives in the College of Arts & Sciences

Choose 12 hours (4 course) from the following:

* indicates the course must be taught by the instructor(s) in the right column to include the appropriate material for the minor

Department Course Course Title Frequency Prereq Instructors
Pyschology 3398 Ethnic Minority Psych At least once per academic year PSYC 3300; Junior Standing J. Borrego, B. Pina-Watson
Political Science 3361 International Politics Yearly, including online Consent of Prof. Multiple
History 3322 Women in Early America Yearly None E. Skidmore, C. Walker
History 3323/WS 3323 Women in Modern America Yearly None J. Willett
History 3327 Nature and History in America Semi-regularly; once every 2 years None M. Stoll
History 4329 Race, Identity, and Citizenship in the US Yearly Junior standing, Consent of Prof. M. Levario
Exercise & Sports Science 3352 Gender Issues in Sports Yearly, including online None D. Nichols, K. Kitten, D. Massengale
Exercise & Sports Science 3354 Sports in World Cultures Yearly, including online None D. Nichols, K. Kitten. D. Massengale
Economics 3363 Environmental Economics Fall semester ECON 2301 & 2302 M. Avetisyan
Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work 1301 Understanding Multicultural America Multiple sections per year None Multiple
Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work 2204 Global Forces & Local Peoples Multiple sections per year None Multiple
Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work 2324 Race & Ethnicity   None N. Flores
Sociology, Anthropology, & Social Work 3337/ WS 3337 Inequality in America Fall, every 2 years None C. Bradatan

Outside Arts and Sciences, up to 1 course

Students in the minor can take up to 3 hours outside of the College of Arts and Sciences:

Department Course Course Title Frequency Prereq Instructors
Electronic Media & Comm. 3355 Ethnicity, Race, & Gender Yearly Junior standing K. Wilkinson, M. Oviedo
Family & Consumer Sci. 4325 US Family Issues & Social Action Yearly ENGL 1302 & Consent of Prof. K. Alexander
Honors 3301 Booms, Busts, Dust: Writing about Texans and their Land Spring Semester Consent of Prof. *K. Baake
Women's Studies 2305 Race, Class, Gender in a Global World Spring Semesters, Online None H. Martinez
Women's Studies 4310 Feminist Thought and Theories Spring Semesters Junior standing; Consent of Prof. M. Purinton
Environment & Humanities 3300 Writing the Natural World/Publication Yearly None K. Caswell
Environment & Humanities 2302 Literature of Place Yearly None S. Tomlinson