Social Activism, Minor

Students who minor in social activism will learn a variety of perspectives and practical approaches to social activism. Students interested in activism will have opportunities to explore social movements, advocacy, and citizenship in a wide array of situations. These opportunities arise from the wealth of advocacy organizations in Boston; the access Northeastern University students have to co-op experiences nationally and internationally; and Northeastern University’s Service-Learning Program. Course work in a variety of departments will enable students to successfully apply different skill sets and knowledge bases to future work as lawyers, nonprofit activists, community organizers, lobbyists, and volunteers.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified.

Note: Only one course from your major may be applied to this minor.

Introductory Courses

Only one course may be taken from each department/program.
Complete two of the following:8
Communication Studies
Social Movement Communication
Political Science
American Government
Social Problems
Environment and Society
Environmental Activism and Movements: An Open Classroom
Activism and Performance

Intermediate/Advanced Courses

Only one course may be taken from each department/program.
Complete three of the following:12
Law and Public Policy
Introduction to Law, Policy, and Society
Global Human Rights: A Social and Economic Perspective
Political Science
Environmental Politics and Policy
Interest Groups and Public Policy
Social Movements
Class, Power, and Social Change
Social Policy and Intervention


Complete one of the following:4
Organizational Communication Training and Development
Advocacy Workshop
Social Policy, Advocacy, and Activism
Politics of Poverty
Social Conflict and Community Service

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor