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The Social Justice Studies Graduate Distinction

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All students are encouraged to complete any number of Social Justice Studies courses. However, those who want to enjoy the full Social Justice experience will have an opportunity to earn a Social Justice Studies (SJS) Distinction. The SJS Distinction offers students an opportunity to work more closely with socially-engaged Harper faculty and exposes students to interdisciplinary approaches to social justice work. Earning the SJS Graduate Distinction creates a unique advantage for students’ future employment, scholarship opportunities, and personal development. Through coursework, mentorship, and a Capstone Project, SJS scholars are encouraged to explore opportunities which empower them to become active participants in their campuses, communities and workplaces.

A student who earns the SJS Distinction will meet the following requirements while earning their Associate’s degree at Harper:

Graduate Requirements
Earns Distinction on Transcript and Diploma

  • Grade of C or better in 11-12 credit hours of Social Justice Studies coursework
    • Includes CAP201: Social Transformation Capstone
  • Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Capstone Project (completed in CAP201)

For more information, contact the Social Justice Studies Coordinator:

Michael Bentley

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Last Updated: 4/8/24