Minor Coordinators

Caitlin Cahill and Ann Holder
ccahill@pratt.edu and aholder@pratt.edu
Office: Dekalb 414 and Dekalb 320

Overview

The Social Justice/Social Practice Minor gives Pratt students the opportunity to bring their studio and design practice into dialogue with critical and transformative perspectives related to equity and justice. Encompassing issues from racism to the environment, economic inequality to immigration rights, gender justice to the prison industrial complex, the minor is interdisciplinary.

It draws from courses across the Institute, including architecture, photography, fashion, communication design, and film/video. Students can prepare themselves to address social justice in their everyday lives and communities, and through their artistic and design practices. 

How to Minor in Social Justice/ Social Practice Minor

The Social Justice/Social Practice minor requires the completion of 15 credits (9 of which must be at the 300 level or higher). There is one required course: SS-434 Social Justice Praxis Lab.

The Social Justice Praxis Lab cannot be taken until you have completed at least 9 credits of the minor.

There are two menus from which you must choose at least three credits:

Menu A: Critical, Theoretical, Historical
  • SSWI-250T Ethics of Research
  • SS-262 Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
  • SS-320 Gender and Capitalism
  • SS-560 Space and Power
  • SS-370 Hip Hop Culture
  • SUST-420 Environmental Justice
  • SUST-311 American Environmental History
  • SS-469 The Human-Animal Relationship
  • HAD-541 Activism, Ecology, and the Image of Nature
  • HMS-332S Bad Girls in Music, Art & Literature
  • ARCH-252 History and Theory of Architecture IV
  • MSCI-203 Subversive Mathematics
  • MSCI-270 Ecology OR MSCI-271 Ecology for Architects OR MSCI-210 Science and Society (only one of these three may count towards the Minor)
  • HMS-390S  Special Topics in Music and Sound Studies: Rebel Music
  • SS-247TP  Revolution Now!: Students, Politics, and Protest
  • PHIL-415P Philosophy & Race
  • HMS-440S Special Topics in Cinema and Media Studies (Some sections will count towards the Minor; please consult with coordinators.)
  • ARCH-581A Special Topics (Some sections will count towards the Minor; please consult with coordinators.)
  • HMS-431S Special Topics in Cultural Studies (Some sections will count towards the Minor; please consult with coordinators.)
  • HAD-551 Issues in Design History (Some sections will count towards the Minor; please consult with coordinators.)
  • HMS-432A Topics in Gender Studies: Feminist Film and Film Theory Thought, Politics, and Creativityy
  • SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History
  • HMS-332S Special Topics in Gender Studies (Queer Studies)
Menu B: Making, Thinking, Doing
  • SS-333 Social Justice Think Tank
  • SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
  • SS-339 I Heart/Break New York
  • SS-512 Art, Culture & Community Development 
  • SS-433 Community-based Praxis
  • FVID-272P/HMS-340S Digital Interventions
  • PHOT-470 Socially Engaged Media 
  • HMS-360S-Spt: Performance and Performance Studies (Some sections will count towards the Minor; please consult with coordinators.)
  • FA-311 Studio in Social Practice
  • ADE-215B Fieldwork in Art & Design
  • ADE-521/522 Saturday Art School
  • COMD-361 & 362 DesignCorps
  • COMD-463 & 464 DesignCorps
  • HMS-540S-08 Doing Media Studies in Public
  • FA Print-411 Agit Prop
  • SS-490* Special Topics – The Art of Protest
The remaining 6 credits can be taken from courses in either of the menus.

Minor Curriculum

Social Justice/Social Practice Minor, 2017
U7250.MINOR.16