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Critical Theory & Social Justice

Critical Theory and Social Justice (CTSJ) is the only undergraduate academic department of its kind in the U.S.

Since 2008, CTSJ students and faculty have engaged in rigorous interdisciplinary analysis of our complex era of globalization and social injustice. The curriculum guides you through a rich intellectual history of cultural theories, civil rights struggles, and liberation movements. At the heart of the program is an interrogation of inequality and systems of power. Our three pillars of inquiry are interdisciplinary thought, intersectional analysis of identity formation, and intervention in current critical discourse. As you advance through the major you will study in academic fields as diverse as psychology, education, anti-colonial theory, gender and sexuality studies, and critical legal theory.

Beyond the classroom, you will be encouraged to study abroad, do one-on-one summer research through the Undergraduate Research Center, and conduct a 鈥渟ocial justice practicum鈥 by interning in Los Angeles鈥檚 diverse urban community. These opportunities have allowed past students to conduct oral histories in Japan, archive the collections of an HIV-prevention nonprofit serving L.A.鈥檚 Black/Latinx Ballroom performance scene, and work directly with L.A. immigration rights organizations, to name just a few. You may also get involved with the Critical Theory and Social Justice Journal, the discipline鈥檚 leading undergraduate research publication, based right here at Oxy.

Our unique department trains students in diverse theoretical fields, scholarly methods, and social praxis. CTSJ students have received prestigious fellowships including the Fulbright, Richter, and Point Foundation Grant. Our alums have gone on to graduate work at Princeton and Harvard Universities, and the University of California system, and they have pursued careers in fields such as law, public policy, arts administration, education, and non-profit advocacy.

Meet Our Faculty

What Our Graduates Are Doing

Civil Rights Attorney, Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho

Ginger Grimes
2011

Ph.D. program, Latin American Cultures, Stanford University

Tania Flores
2013

Program Assistant, Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics

Leah Epstein
2023

Emerging Art Professional Fellow, LACMA

Adrienne Adams
2017

Ph.D. program in psychology, Duquesne University

Sadie Mohler
2013

Education Program, Mayan Families (NGO)

Carolina Cardoza
2016

Community Psychologist / Social Change Agent

Pesach Chananiah
2007

Plus-Size Model, Lifestyle Blogger

Alex LaRosa
2014

Director, Office of the Whistleblower Ombudsman, U.S. House of Representatives

Shanna Devine
2008
Contact Critical Theory & Social Justice
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