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Law, Justice, and Social Change

LJSC Subplan or Minor


Students have the opportunity to pursue either a Law, Justice, and Social Change subplan within the major or a Law, Justice, and Social Change minor.

  • The LJSC subplan is an optional part of the Sociology major.
  • The LJSC minor is a stand-alone academic minor. 

Please Note: Students are not permitted to major in Sociology and minor in LJSC. A student majoring in Sociology who is interested in LJSC should pursue the LJSC subplan.

What is LJSC?

The Law, Justice, and Social Change program offers students a coherent curriculum that emphasizes the relationship between legal institutions, inequality, and the capacity of social groups to produce fundamental social change.  

Law, Justice, and Social Change will offer students:

  • An understanding of theoretical perspectives on justice and on the connection between law and society
  • Frameworks for thinking about legal compliance, deviance, and resistance
  • Perspectives for thinking about the relationship between “law on the books” and “law in action”
  • Tools for thinking about the relationship between law and social change
  • Understandings of the law in international contexts and in regard to human rights issues
  • The foundation of theory, methods, and substantive knowledge necessary to develop informed perspectives on criminality, crime policy, and the social consequences of legal punishment
  • Tools for understanding the role of social policies in creating and ameliorating inequality

For students interested in the following career paths:

  • law
  • public policy
  • criminal justice
  • social work
  • grassroots social change