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What are the consequences of the widening gulf between the wealthy and the poor? What are the needs of crime victims? How can conflict be mediated rather than escalated? As a Jesuit university wrestling with questions such as these, we are pleased to offer a major in social welfare and justice. The major, which blends the expertise of our faculty in social work, sociology, anthropology and criminology, is dedicated to preparing you to be a leader as you work for justice.


You can tailor this major to fit your needs, whether that's preparing for graduate school in areas such as social work, education or law, or for careers in social services, advocacy or public policy.


Make a difference before you graduate. Our social justice and welfare major includes one- and two-semester internships at a wide variety of sites, including the Milwaukee mayor’s office, schools, health services, and programs for domestic abuse victims, immigrants and drug addiction.

Cross train.

Combine our social welfare and justice major with psychology if you'd like to go into case management or child welfare. Blend with theology if you want to work in youth ministry. Mix with economics if you'd like to administer a nonprofit organization or go into social entrepreneurship. Or double major with any of the other majors in the department: anthropology, criminology or sociology.

The real world.

Study with professors who research current legal issues surrounding immigration, divorce mediation or sexual assault cases. Develop the skills to evaluate the effectiveness of social agencies and policy. With the major in social welfare and justice and internship experience, you will graduate ready to be a change agent for social justice.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Introduction to Social Welfare and Justice
  • Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Social Welfare Policy and Programs
  • Practice Skills with Individuals, Families & Groups
  • Literature Elective
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Foreign Language III & IV
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective


  • Social Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Social Welfare and Justice Elective
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theology Elective
  • Philosophy Elective


  • Internship
  • Social Welfare and Justice Electives
  • Electives

Social welfare

You might like the social welfare and justice major if you:

✓ Are interested in promoting justice and advocacy

✓ Have an interest in studying social problems

✓ Are open-minded and thoughtful

✓ Are a strong leader and communicator

What can you do with a major in social welfare and justice?

Student on computerThe social welfare and justice major is excellent preparation for victim/witness advocacy, child welfare, victim services, lobbying or law and graduate school.

Learn more about what you can do with a major in social justice and welfare.

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