Students interested in studying social justice now have the opportunity attend Hendrix College in Conway.

The school announced the addition of its new minor starting for the 2018-19 academic year in a news release May 18.

According to Hendrix officials, the major was approved by the campus’s board of trustees during a regular board meeting in May.

“Housed in the Sociology/Anthropology Department, the Social Justice minor will work to develop students’[s] capacities to be change agents for a wide range of social justice-related vocations, such as teaching, policy, counseling, advocacy, and nonprofit work,” the release reads. “Students minoring in Social Justice will examine issues of diversity, equity, and representation; engage in inquiry regarding social justice issues; and examine the complex relationships among social justice and broader cultural, economic, educational, social, and political structures, policies, and practices.”

Six courses will be required for the minor program, including an approved field-based internship.

The classroom course options come from multiple disciplines including anthropology, education, English, history, philosophy, religious students, sociology and intended for those with an interest in education, two courses classified for the minor which including teaching, a junior-level course, and social justice and education, a sophomore-level class.

“Over the past couple of years, we have been exploring new ways to approach the study of education at Hendrix,” Dionne Jackson, the college’s chief diversity officer, said. “Focusing on education’s role in promoting social justice will complement the increasingly popular options for non-traditional licensure, including residency, pursuing a master’s degree, alternative licensure, and accelerated programs.”

Jay Barth, a professor of politics said the minor “meets areas of real interest” to Hendrix students not just those interested in related future careers.

“For those students interested in using public policy, the law, or direct services to create a more just society, this minor will help them to hone their analytical abilities before then going out and tackling the challenges on the ground in work with advocacy groups, governmental entities, or direct-service providers,” Barth said. “We are very excited about this addition to our curriculum and how it promises to invigorate engagement in classes across the campus.”