U of Iowa Creating 'Social Justice' Degree

"Justice for All"

Social Justice may very well become a major at the University of Iowa, thus creating more college grads with jobless diplomas.

Though the University of Iowa offers their freshmen a seminar on social justice as well as a "Justice for All" living learning community where students "learn about systemic problems in our society," this new motion could create the first bachelor's program of its kind in the grand old U.S. of A.

According to University officials​, motion for the major got sent to to the Board of Regents after students gave positive responses to the living learning community.

"The proposed program will appeal to students who want a vocation related to helping others, or careers in government services or the nonprofit sector, but are not necessarily interested in teaching or social work," reads the program proposal.

From Campus Reform:

So far, 25 students are expected to enroll in the program during its first year, with a target goal of 110 students by its seventh year.

As of now, the school does not anticipate that the program will require any additional costs, since it will be housed in the Department of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, which could help persuade the regents to approve the new program during their Thursday meeting.

According to Campus Reform, "spokesperson for the university has confirmed the Board of Regents voted to approve the social justice degree program at its meeting Thursday."

The new program will take effect in 2017.

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