This concentration explores connections between the ideals of justice, the realities of injustice, and practical solution sets to bridge the gap between the two. Core courses draw on literature and research in globalization, community life, urbanization, social movements, social change, deviance, and religious philosophy to offer a sociologically-based foundation of knowledge and skills in the areas of social values and social change. The program does not seek to promote a singular approach to social justice issues, but rather to encourage creative and practical thinking from multiple perspectives, with the goal of enhancing students’ level of informed citizenship in a rapidly changing world.
This concentration will prepare students to engage the modern world through service and Christ-like love from an academic perspective. Students will be prepared to go out into the world as missionaries, work within communities to implement social change, or attend graduate school. Related careers include nonprofit work, government, advocacy, and policy development. The interdisciplinary nature of the program will stretch student’s thinking and reasoning skills in order to prepare them for further interdisciplinary study or to delve deeper into one disciplinary perspective in graduate study.
Electives (Choose 9 hours):