Given the many ways both humans and our planet's environment suffer grievous harm, it is fitting to provide an examination of some of the major kinds of harm as well as of some of the ideas that either fuel or offer alternatives to the ongoing violence.

Such an examination will help prepare Social and Environmental Justice students to engage in a field experience that will both enhance the well-being of another people or place and deepen students' understanding of the world in which we all live. Provided by funding from a UW-Platteville alumnus concerned about global issues regarding human rights and the environment, the Social and Environmental Justice minor offers a unique contribution to UW-Platteville's curriculum.

The Social and Environmental Justice minor provides the following outcomes:

  • Graduates will be socially and environmentally literate and possess a broad-based knowledge of historic and contemporary social and environmental issues including the principles of dignity and protection of basic rights for both humans and the planet.
  • Graduates will be able to engage communities and embrace diversity world-wide through good communication and ethical behavior.
  • Graduates will embrace integrated thinking and possess analytical skills for problem solving, including being able to work well independently and cooperatively.
  • Graduates will be intellectually curious and value lifelong learning.

Completion of the Social and Environmental Justice minor requires 24 total credits.  These credits must include:

  • Introduction to Social and Environmental Justice (SEJ 2230)
  • A field work project (SEJ 4660) designed by the student and approved by the SEJ Council
  • A course in the area of Ethics & Morality
  • A course in the area of Environment & Sustainability
  • A course in the area of Race, Gender, & Class
  • A course in the area of Geography & Culture
  • A course in the area of History & Politics

Full requirements can be found in the University Catalog.