Coming on the heels of a successful first integrated classroom experience at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, in which students from the 71st Street campus attended a weekly “Theories of Justice” class with fellow students who are prisoners at the facility upstate and enrolled in the College’s degree-granting program, Marymount Manhattan is introducing a minor in Justice Studies. It offers students who are concerned about equality, discrimination, and fairness a plan of study to prepare them to make sound judgments about how societies distribute goods and punishments and make decisions about fundamental questions of rights.
As a collaboration between the Sociology, Political Science, and Philosophy departments, the minor explores the ideological underpinnings of justice and the current state of its practice, as well as the effects of moral and political decision-making. Students who successfully complete the Justice Studies minor will be prepared for careers in public service, the law, criminal justice, and international relations, among others.
Arts for Communities
Meanwhile, the College is also introducing an Arts for Communities minor, aimed at equipping students to use art and performance as community-building tools. This minor is open to students from across all disciplines – not just FAPA majors – and is intended as a home for students who are interested in art as a method of connection, education, and engagement.
In addition to coursework on traditional art or performance classes and the history of art as a community engagement tool, students in the Arts for Communities minor will also undertake an off-campus internship at a community-serving organization geared toward the arts or education.