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College of Arts & Sciences

Social Justice Minor


Kris Oehlert

Department Assistant

History, Culture & Society



Develop an understanding of the systemic injustices in society.

The minor in social justice is an interdisciplinary program that requires basic theoretical grounding as well as experiential application of concepts in the field. Requirements for the minor include two core courses and four electives.

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Program Objectives

Develop a focused understanding of the catalysts, foundations, and possible solutions to systemic injustices in society.

Social Justice Courses

Meet the Faculty 

Dr. Donald Hatcher

Senior Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Director of Liberal Arts & Critical Thinking Program

B.G.S., M.A., M. Phil., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: critical thinking, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science

Office: Case Hall 102

Dr. Susan Emel

Professor of Communication Studies, Ernestine Susannah Buckley Chair

B.S. Kansas State University, M. Div. St. Paul School of Theology, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, communication theory, rhetorical studies

Office: Parmenter Hall 15


Dr. Tamara Slankard

Professor of English

B.A. Belmont University, M.A. University of Tulsa, Ph.D. and Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies, State University of New York at Stony Brook

Expertise: American literature, modernism, women’s and gender studies, cultural studies

Office: Case 305E


Dr. Robyn Long

Professor of Psychology, Director of Study Abroad

B.S. Baker University, M.Ed. & Ph.D. University of Georgia

Office: Mabee Hall 206

Dr. Leonard Ortiz

Associate Professor of History, Susan L. Perry Chair

B.A. Santa Clara University, M.A. Stanford University, Ph.D. University of Kansas

Expertise: American West, Native American and 20th century U.S. history

Office: Parmenter Hall 20

John Richards

Associate Professor of History, Walter Bailey Chair of Humanities

B.A., M.A. University of Kansas; ABD Brown University

Expertise: dynastic Egypt, ancient Greece and Rome, early medieval Europe

Office: Parmenter Hall 21

Dr. Tim Buzzell

Professor of Sociology

B.A., M.P.A. Drake University; Ph.D. Iowa State University

Expertise: Computer crime and Internet deviance, sociology of ritual and holidays, political sociology and extremist groups

Office: Parmenter Hall 16

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