Department of Community and Social Justice Studies


Three departments in the COHSS - Anthropology, Africana-World Studies, and Women’s and Gender Studies - have come together as a new department, Community and Social Justice Studies. The new Department is distinguished by a fundamental rethinking and reframing of ideas of community, culture, and development through the ‘social justice’ paradigm. We offer a breadth of interdisciplinary knowledge and experiential learning combining faculty expertise in biocultural and historical perspectives in the human sciences, with critical comparative perspectives on community, social justice, and inequality. Our courses, pedagogical approach, research, and community service underscore our collective belief that ‘communities’ are sites of knowledge production and of social demands for ‘development’ and ‘social change’.


  • BA in Africana World Studies
  • BA in Anthropology
  • BA in Community Development and Social Justice
  • BA in Women's and Gender Studies


  • Minor in Africana World Studies
  • Minor in Anthropology
  • Minor in Social Justice Studies
  • Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Certificate Programs

  • Cultural Competence Certificate

The Department mission is structured around experiential-learning opportunities that underscore a need for multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches to social problems, governance and policy, cultural identity and building diverse communities, conflict negotiation and participative democracy.  We aim

  1. to enable students to gain critical skills in order to analyze society and imagine and develop a praxis for social change, and
  2. to empower students to craft professional careers that enable the flourishing of commitments to public service, community leadership, and social justice.