Starting with the class of 2021, each student must take one course that satisfies the Justice, Equality, and Community (JEC) requirement.

These courses address the manifestations of justice and equality in various communities, locales, nations or regions, and focus on methods and theories used to analyze, spotlight, or remedy instances of injustice and inequality. Through these courses, faculty members guide students as they examine how justice and equality have been distributed, enacted, problematized and idealized in historical or contemporary settings. 

Courses meeting this requirement will address justice and equality as they appear in various communities in local, regional, national, and/or global dimensions, and focuses on methods (i.e., legal, intellectual, creative, political, cultural, aesthetic, or scientific) that have been used to foster awareness of or to remedy inequalities and injustice. Depending on disciplinary affiliation, subject of study, and traditions of inquiry, a majority of the course content of a JEC course will:

  • examine historical or contemporary manifestations of injustice or structural inequalities that have impinged on the political, cultural, medical, economic, moral, religious, or social well-being of persons and groups who have been subordinated, marginalized, or put in positions of precarity by others, and
  • do so by exposing students to the relevant theories, methods, strategies, and ideas (i.e., ethical, juridical, religious, scientific, creative, philosophical, aesthetic, etc.) that make it possible to identify, analyze, and/or remedy structural inequalities and injustice.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and/or evaluate assumptions (personal, disciplinary, cultural, etc.) regarding justice, equality, and community.
  2. Identify, accumulate, and/or evaluate information related to historical or contemporary cases of justice, equality, and community.
  3. Describe, discuss, interpret, and/or analyze competing understandings and applications of justice, equality, and community.