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Social Justice Studies Distinction

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About Us

Harper College recognizes that many students wish to align their education and career paths with the needs of their communities. In order to empower students to answer the call of service and civic engagement, Harper offers specialized course sections which are built around a social justice theme. The majority of our Social Justice Studies (SJS) courses fulfill general education requirements, allowing students to prioritize transfer goals and degree completion while remaining immersed in the work of imagining, analyzing, and achieving justice.

How to participate 

There are three primary ways to engage in the Social Justice experience at Harper:

This path is ideal for students who want to explore social justice curriculum only in a few subjects or with a specific professor. To pursue this path you will need to:

  • enroll in one or more specialized Social Justice Studies course sections.
  • every SJS course taken will be noted on your transcript

This path is ideal for students who want to pursue the SJS Graduate Distinction, but who plan to leave Harper before earning an Associate’s degree. To pursue this path you will need to:

  • complete all 12 credit hours of coursework required for the Social Justice Studies Graduate Distinction as well as a Capstone Project Proposal before leaving Harper (see specific requirements here).
  • while non-graduating students will not earn the full graduate distinction, they will be eligible for a Letter of Recommendation from the SJS Coordinator.

This path is ideal for students who want the full Social Justice Studies experience. To pursue this path you will need to:

  • complete all 12 credit hours of coursework required for the Social Justice Studies Graduate Distinction as well as a Capstone Project while earning your associate’s degree (see specific requirements here).
  • upon completion of all requirements, SJS Scholars will earn a special Social Justice Studies distinction on their transcript and diploma.

 

For more information, contact the Social Justice Studies Coordinator:

Michael Bentley 
socialjustice@harpercollege.edu  

847.925.6271

 

 

Last Updated: 11/17/21