Hub Courses on Social & Racial Justice

Hub Courses on Social & Racial Justice

An important goal of the BU Hub, and Boston University, is to provide all undergraduates with an introduction to issues of social and racial justice as part of their undergraduate education.  With that in mind, the BU Hub offers two introductory level courses, HUB SJ 101 and HUB SJ 102, that provide an innovative and engaging overview of the topic.  Offered every fall and spring, these courses include guest lectures from faculty and other experts and are only open to first year and sophomore students.

HUB SJ 101: Social & Racial Justice: Systems and Structures

HUB SJ 101 is a 4-credit elective course that explores the historical and systemic bases of social and racial inequity with a focus on five areas: education, environment/sustainability, health, housing, and entertainment.  Each unit consists of historical readings accompanied by a lecture, visits by subject area experts (often BU faculty) who can provide a contemporary, research-based perspective, and discussion of key contemporary contexts, including the greater Boston region and organizations/experts working to address inequities.  Additional details about the course:

  • Fulfills Hub requirements in Historical Consciousness, Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, and Critical Thinking
  • No prerequisite

HUB SJ 102: Social & Racial Justice: Advocacy and Action

HUB SJ 102 is a 4-credit elective course that builds upon HUB SJ 101 and focuses on developing knowledge and skills related to advocacy and action for social and racial justice issues.  Students learn how to deliberate ethically and effectively across differences, developing skills in critical thinking, analyzing one’s standpoint, and cooperative problem solving, and work in teams to create a podcast about a social or racial justice issue.  Classes combine lecture and discussion with facilitated group work.

Additional details about the course:

  • Fulfills Hub requirements in Social Inquiry I, The Individual in Community, and Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Prerequisite: HUB SJ 101

Learn More and Register

If you would like to learn more about these courses or have any questions, please email the Hub office at  Students can register for HUB SJ 101 or HUB SJ 102 on the MyBU Student Portal. Please note that spaces are limited.