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Diversity, Justice & Social Change: Sociology & Criminology

The Diversity, Justice & Social Change Concentration (18-19 credit hours) promotes an appreciation of the variety of ways humans live and prepares students for an increasingly interdependent world. It is recommended for students considering a career in a multicultural setting or graduate study in comparative sociology, ethnic studies, international studies, law, counseling, peace/human rights, or social work. Internships are available to seniors, who are matched to an internship site based on their career interests.

Requirements and Internships

Internships are recommended for seniors, who are matched to an internship site based on their career interests. Participation in an internship requires a 2.75 GPA. An additional 300/400 level course can be used by permission of the Chair, if unable to complete an internship.

Choose 2 of 3 Justice & Social Change courses:

  • SC 1110 Intro to Social Justice (3 cr.)
  • SC 2020 Social Change (3 cr.)
  • SC 3850 Poverty, Welfare and Social Justice (3 cr.)

Choose 2 of 3 Diversity courses:

  • SC 2550 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 cr.)
  • SC 2570 Social Inequalities in Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 3200 Sex and Gender (3 cr.)

Choose any two additional electives from the courses noted above and below:

  • SC 1150 Masculinities (3 cr.)
  • SC 2050 Conflict Cooperation: War/Peace (3 cr.)
  • SC 2150 Self and Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 2350 African American Experience (3 cr.)
  • SC 2430 Global Debt and Justice (3 cr.)
  • SC 2600 Consumer Culture & Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 3000 Death Penalty (3 cr.)
  • SC 3150 Sexuality and Society (3 cr.)
  • SC 3350 Prisons and Human Rights (3 cr.)
  • SC 3430 Drugs and Crime (3 cr.)
  • SC 3530 Latina/o Transnational Experience (3 cr.)
  • SC 3550 Comparative Ethnic Relations (3 cr.)
  • SC 3570 Diversity in Sports (3 cr.)
  • SC 3650 Ethnicity, Crime & Criminal Justice (3 cr.)
  • SC 3700 Culture, Environment, and Global Health (3 cr.)
  • SC 3800 Environmental Justice & Human Rights (3 cr.)
  • SC 4750 Internship & Seminar (3-4 cr.)
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Our students have completed internships in over 80 nonprofit and governmental agencies throughout the Cleveland metropolitan area. Internships are available to seniors in their spring semester, and students are matched to an internship site based upon their career interests. It is not uncommon for our students to be offered employment by the agency where they interned.

Sites include:

  • Achievement Center for Children
  • AIDS Task Force of Greater Cleveland
  • Alzheimer’s Association – Cleveland
  • American Red Cross
  • Arrupe House
  • Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland
  • Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Care Alliance Health Center
  • Catholic Charities
  • Center for Reducing Health Disparities
  • Children’s Rehabilitation Hospitals of the Cleveland Clinic
  • Cleveland International Program
  • Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
  • Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland
  • The Gathering Place
  • Legal Aid Society
  • Light of Hearts Villa
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • New Avenues to Independence
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless
  • Organize Ohio!
  • Recovery Resources
  • Salvation Army
  • Senior Citizen’s Resources
  • Shaker Heights Youth Center
  • United Way
  • University Hospitals of Cleveland
  • University Settlement House
  • Witness Victim Service Center
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Small Class Sizes

Our small class sizes of usually 25 or less allows individual attention to each student while encouraging greater interaction with their professors and classmates.