As a millennial myself, I sometimes get mildly upset when I hear older people coming down hard on people my age for their life decisions (or lack thereof). But this news from the University of Iowa has me questioning why our generation has deemed it so important to send the world to hell in a handbasket.
Apparently, on Thursday the Iowa Board of Regents approved a new bachelor’s program in social justice to its list of degrees. Yes, that social justice.
What Is A Social Justice Major?
According to the proposal, “The program will be interdisciplinary in nature, since more and more students have “expressed a desire to integrate academic work more deeply with anticipated career paths,” such as social activism work with a non-profit.”
I hate to break it to you, those students at Iowa who are contemplating this major, but the terms “anticipated career paths” and “social justice major” don’t go hand-in-hand. If you thought that future employers would give you a weird look for majoring in art history, imagine how a conservative employer would react after hearing what you chose to concentrate your studies on.
According to CampusReform, the major will be taught in the Deparmtne of Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies.
Why Social Justice?
The Iowa City Press-Citizen reports that University of Iowa officials have said that both a first-year seminar on social justice and a “Justice for All” living learning community have both been extremely popular among students. In fact, the “Justice for All” living learning community has a full enrollment. Therefore, they argue, it was a good idea to add classes since there was such a demand.
CampusReform says that 25 students are expected to enroll in the program in its first year. They’re hoping to have 110 students by year seven.