Interesting College Majors Part 3: Social Justice Majors

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This is part of a series on interesting college majors you can pursue at a variety of different colleges. By deciding on a field of study you’d like to pursue, you can create a list of colleges to apply to that offers majors for that field. Sometimes high school students are not aware of their options when it comes to majors. We hope these articles encourage you to explore your options and find a major that helps you achieve your goals.

Americans, especially young Americans, are becoming more active in social justice movements, and this kind of activism can translate into a major and therefore, a career. Some students may be surprised to hear that they can major in something that supports their activism. However, a number of colleges offer unique social majors that can help you change the world.

This is a sampling of such majors. However, if you have a cause that is of particular interest to you, browse through some majors to see how that might translate into a field of study, and then a career.

Juvenile Corrections

What is it: Often placed under the umbrella of Criminal Justice studies, Juvenile Justice or Corrections focuses on the workings of the justice and corrections systems in America. Core classes focus on ethics and research, and electives include classes such as Female Offenders, Exploring the Death Penalty, and Delinquency Interventions. Graduates can, of course, pursue careers within the criminal justice system. They can also work in public policy, or within certain departments of the government such as the CIA and the DEA.

Which schools offer it: Eastern Kentucky University and the University of New Haven.

Sexuality Studies

What is it: Sometimes also known as Gender and Sexuality Studies, or even Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality studies, this major allows you to study the history, biology, sociology, health, and politics of sexuality. Graduates of such a major can pursue careers in related non-profit groups, counseling, research, academia, public health, law, and more. Elective classes include The Philosophy of Sex and Love, Medieval Misogyny, and Queer Literature. 

Which schools offer it: Ohio State University, Stanford, NYU, and others.

Adventure Education

What is it: This major sounds exactly like what it is. Students who pursue an Adventure Education major learn how to use outdoor activities like hiking, camping, kayaking, and rock climbing to educate and support children, adults, and at-risk communities. Most of these programs include first responder courses, outdoor skills practicums, and other outdoor fundamentals. If you pursue this major, you can look forward to a career working for the parks service, in education, counseling, and similar paths.

Which schools offer it: Green Mountain College, Plymouth State University, Ithaca College, and more.

            For the activist student, campus activities and involvement will also matter to you. Be sure to take time to get to know the social life of the campus; learn what student believe, what they get involved with, and how you can be a part of that.

To discover more majors like these or other interesting college majors, you can search for majors offered in your field of interest, or browse the “majors” page of different college websites. Oftentimes when a college offers majors as specific as these, they also have more general versions of the same degree. This can help you explore a field of study if you’re not ready to choose such a specific major. You can also work with a college counselor who can assess your interests, recommend majors you might want to pursue, and help you discover colleges that offer such majors.

Questions? Let us know!