Social Justice Studies

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Fisher Center 2018-19 Series: On the Move

Fisher Center 5Celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout the 2018-19 academic year, the Fisher Center for the Study of Gender and Justice will host artists, scholars, authors and activists, including keynote speaker Angela…
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The U.S. Constitution in Everyday Life

Constitution Day 1During the 2018 Constitution Day lecture, Sujata Sidhu Gibson, a lawyer and faculty member at Cornell Law School, will explore the practical implications of the U.S. Constitution as it relates…
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Mosaic NY Names Inaugural Fellow

May_Figueroa_2In late spring of 2017, the Justice Organization of Youth (JOY) reached out to HWS Associate Professor of Theatre and Mosaic NY Artistic Director Heather May for advice and feedback…
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Fisher ’18 Pursues Human Rights Law at George Washington University

jackie fisherJacqueline Fisher ’18 knew she wanted to pursue a career in human rights advocacy after working closely with displaced individuals during a 2017 internship with Catholic Charities. This fall, she…
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Fisher Center: 20 Years Exploring Gender and Justice

Fisher Center 2With a new name and a series of special events including a keynote speech by internationally renowned activist, professor and author Angela Davis, the Fisher Center will celebrate two decades…
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Our students choose from a variety of introductory and advanced courses, each designed to provide students with an understanding of multiple perspectives on gender.

Below, you'll find a sampling of some of our most popular classes, as well as suggestions for making Social Justice Studies a part of your larger interdisciplinary experience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice


Get acquainted with the foundational principles and theories of social justice, including social movements, power and identity and institutions and policy. Then, take HIST 317 Women and Social Movements to explore the role of women have had in social movements.

PPOL 364 Social Policy and Community Activism


Learn about social policy, community participation and activism, as well as democracy, education, and difference. Put your knowledge to work and gain hands-on experience with a semester-long community service project. Next, enroll in EDUC 201 Schooling and Social Equality to learn more about the social and political history of American schooling.

PHIL 315 Social Justice


Explore social justice by delving into topics such as distributive justice, egalitarianism, libertarianism, resource and welfare-based approaches, feminist and capabilities approaches, and desert approaches. Then, enroll in ECON 213 Urban Economics to take a look at the basic problems of urban areas today.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.