Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Citizenship & Social Justice, Certificate (1759)

Program Coordinator

Donielle M. Lovell, donielle.lovell@wku.edu, (270) 706-8870

Program Requirements (21 hours)

The Certificate in Citizenship and Social Justice is an interdisciplinary program, focusing on contemporary social issues, that prepares students to be effective citizens—civic agents of change for the common good. The certificate program includes both coursework and co-curricular public work. The market-ready skills honed by the certificate in Citizenship & Social Justice open many opportunities, both locally and outside the region. For those interested in the public sector, there are openings in local, state, and federal governmental agencies, as well as educational institutions. Regarding private-sector work, organizations and businesses are increasingly interested in students with empathetic listening skills resulting in successful social media and other marketing campaigns, consulting, and entrepreneurship endeavors. The program requires 21 hours with a 15 hour core and 6 hours of electives selected from a list of courses.
Core Requirements (15 hours)
CSJ 200Introduction to Social Justice3
PS 275Introduction to Citizenship3
SOCL 312Collective Behavior and Social Movements3
PS 375Fundamentals of Political Campaign Management3
CSJ 499Capstone in Citizenship & Social Justice1-3
or CRIM 439 Internship in Criminology
or PS 403 Field Studies in Politics
or PS 405 Washington Internship and Academic Seminars
or PS 490 Internship in State Government
or SOCL 494 Internship in Sociology
Electives (6 hours)
Select 6 hours of electives from the following courses: 6
African American Experience
Black Intellectual History
Communities of Struggle
Applied Anthropology – Understanding and Addressing Contemporary Human Problems
Seminar in Social Justice
Reimagining Citenship
Cultural Connections and Diversity
Introduction to Gender And Women's Studies
Citizen and Self
Enduring Questions: The Committed Life
Social Ethics
American National Government
Government and Ethics
Global Social Problems
Public Problem Solving
Social Institutions: Race, Class, and Gender
Social Change
Diversity and Social Welfare
Social Welfare Policy and Issues
Total Hours21