Justice Minor

The Justice Minor Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 16 credit hours, including 20 hours of service learning.

PHI 240Justice3
Justice Electives (choose any four of the following):12
Special Topics in American Literature
The Holocaust in Historical Perspective
Sustainability and Supply Chains
Philosophy of Law
Faith, Reason, and Justice Catholic Social Thought
Philosophy of Human Rights
Gender and Philosophy
Social and Political Philosophy
Human Rights and Globalization
Catholic Social Ethics: Theological Perspectives
Social Movements and Social Change
Immersion East Side Seminar
PHI 258Minor Service (Justice)0
PHI 451BJustice Thesis1
Total Credits16

Minors are an important part of the undergraduate curriculum.  If students declare a minor by sophomore year, they can usually complete it in a timely manner.  Students should work with their advisor to determine if it is possible that the minor can be completed by graduation.  

To receive a minor, a student must complete at least 9 credit hours of coursework distinct from their major(s) and from other minors, and students must complete more than 50% of the coursework required for the minor at Canisius. Please note that “ancillary/supporting” courses required for a major may still count as distinct courses as long as the remaining coursework still meets the 30 credit-hours required for a major. For more information about minor policies, please see the Declaring Majors and Minors page in the catalog.


Student Learning Goal 1

Students will demonstrate analysis of and reflection upon concerns of justice.  

Students will:

  • Objective A: Show competence and expertise in some concerns of justice.

  • Objective B: Demonstrate knowledge of the relevant theories of justice and the ability to critically analyze and reflect on these theories.

  • Objective C: Understand and reflect on the experience of some concerns of justice.

Student Learning Goal 2

Students will be able to thoughtfully apply moral principles to cultivate their characters and to work towards realizing a more just world.

Students will:

  • Objective A: Recognize and analyze some contemporary concerns where justice is at stake (such as environmental racism, or the abortion debate) and propose thoughtful solutions or approaches to these issues. 
  • Objective B: Engage on a personal level some contemporary concerns where justice is at stake.