I am interested in…people and justice.

Nicole Manges
“I am interested in…” series. Exploring ways you can translate your interests into college majors.

In this “I am interested in…” series, we are exploring ways you can translate your interests into college majors. 

Someone who is interested in people and justice has a variety of options available to them when it comes to a college major. Communication, history and political science, psychology, social work, and sociology all cover topics that will be important to our understanding of the people in our world, what they need, and how societal forces meet or fail to meet those needs. At Huntington University, additional majors such as American studies, British and postcolonial studies, and liberal studies focus on our understanding of culture and development, providing a different way of learning about people.  

Any of these areas of study can lead to a fulfilling career. So, if you are someone who is interested in studying people and justice, how can you narrow down your options to the major that fits you?  

For now, let’s consider the concept of time. When you think about people and justice and what you want to know about them, are you most interested in studying the past (how we got here), the present (who we are now), or the future (where we are going)?  

After reading the description for each “era” of time, investigate any HU majors that catch your attention. You can access links to information about each major through our list of undergraduate academic programs.   

How we got here: Study the past in all of its messiness. Consider how culture, politics, and other factors have influenced generations of people and shaped the course of history.  

HU majors to consider: American studies, British and postcolonial studies, history, liberal studies 

Who we are now: Apply the social sciences to understand people better and understand what life is like for them in the here and now. Consider how we use language, culture, and other ways of expressing ourselves to relate to and interact with one another. 

HU majors to consider: Communication studies, international and development studies, psychology, sociology 

Where we are going: Shape the future for later generations by meeting people where they are now and guiding them toward a more just, equitable future. Consider how we can help, influence, and encourage those around us.   

HU majors to consider: Criminal justice, political science, pre-law, public relations, social work 

In reality, any of the majors mentioned above could be meaningful to you, whether you wanted to focus on the past, present, or future of humanity. All disciplines in the humanities and social sciences have elements of history, current events, and future trends at work within them. If you want to lean in one direction or another, however, consider starting with a major that really lends itself to the era you want to study.  

Whatever you choose, you will have the tools you need to launch a career with impact!  

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Nicole Manges