Social Justice and Community Studies Program

Why study Social Justice?

The Social Justice & Community Studies Major, Honours and Minor Programs offer students the intersectional knowledge necessary for problem solving, organizational work, and public deliberation in a range of complex social issues and will prepare students and professionals for a wide variety of future opportunities.

The Saint Mary’s approach

Studying Social Justice & Community Studies at Saint Mary's University offers students and professionals strong interdisciplinary training to promote social responsibility. It does this by fostering intersectional knowledge and community engagement around issues including: gender and sexuality, Indigenous-settler relations, settler colonialism, citizenship and migration status, urban politics and histories, and social organizing and organizational theory.

The goal is to build stronger institutional and community relationships with and between diverse Indigenous peoples, African Nova Scotians, immigrant peoples, and historically settled white Nova Scotians and Canadians. Among the key ways in which SJCS at Saint Mary's University builds intersectional knowledge and relationships is by fostering mutual engagement between community members, the university, and the city, and mobilizing social justice and community work on and off campus.


Sample Courses in the Social Justice & Community Studies Major:

SJCS 1211 Social Power Relations

SJCS 2000 Canadian Society and Social Justice

SJCS 2100 Community Organizing

SJCS 3220 Race, Racism, Colonialism

SJCS 3216 Unpacking Whiteness

SJCS 3408 Urban Social Justice

SJCS 3508 Corporate Crime

SJCS 4370 Multiculturalism: Theory and Practice

SJCS 4432 Gender and Law

SJCS 4740 Intersectionality: Theory, Methods and Praxis [WGST]

For further information on Social Justice & Community Studies see our website.


Future career opportunities:

  • Researcher or Policy analyst
  • Journalist
  • Social worker or Counselor
  • Educator
  • Politician or Policy Analyst
  • Governmental or non-governmental employee
  • Socially responsible scientist or business owner
  • Lawyer or legal advocate



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