Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Slippery Rock University

Civil Rights & Social Movements

Civil Rights & Social Movements Thematic Thread

The main purpose of thread is to help students understand the role of recent social movements in the United States in pushing transformational ideas forward and expanding civil rights and social justice.  The push for broader civil rights in the US did not end with the civil rights movement.  Organizations representing African Americans have continued to press for equal justice across a variety of issues like housing, employment, education and criminal justice.  Other groups facing discrimination were inspired by the civil rights movement, borrowed its tactics, and developed strategies of their own. Social movements have played a key role in advancing civil rights and social protections for disadvantaged groups including women, gays and lesbians, Native Americans, and people with disabilities.  This thread will allow students to explore the role and power of human agency when harnessed collectively to bring about change and advancements in social and political justice. 

Faculty Liaison: Cheryl Kerchis

Curriculum Guide

Gateway Courses
Select one of the following:3
Race and Ethnic Diversity in the USA
Introduction to Public Policy
Focused Courses
Select three courses from the following (must include three categories and three departments; two courses must be 300/400 level)9
Civic Knowledge and Engagement
The Long Civil Rights Movement
Collective Behavior
Organized Political Action
Seminar in Democracy
Culture, Discourse, and Ideas
Social and Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law and Justice
Seminar in Religion and Politics
Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Ethical Reasoning
Environmental Justice
Politics of Race
Global Learning and Diversity
Native American History
Minority Groups
Gay and Lesbian Politics
Women and Politics
Cultural Minorities in Education
Science, Technology, and Math
Using Evidence to Solve Public Problems
Society and Institutions
The American City
Social Inequality
Total Hours12

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Civil Rights and Social Movements Thematic Thread (CRSM)
Revised 08.03.2020
UCC 03.03.2020