Through an applied focus on a local scale, our Master of Arts (MA) program in Social Justice and Community Engagement (SJCE) is committed to scholarship informed by critical social/environmental justice theories and approaches. We foster your ability to investigate and understand root causes and to engage in the active promotion of social/environmental justice principles and the resolution of community-level injustices.
Through coursework, a community placement and a major research project (MRP), you’ll develop the skills that facilitate community capacity development, local-level innovation, sustainability and democratic renewal. Our program provides a firm grounding in the theories and methods of SJCE, practical skills gained through your community placement, and research capabilities through your capstone MRP.
Your community placement is an opportunity for you to apply theoretical ideas about social/environmental justice and in a community setting. The placement is founded on the dual pillars of providing a community service learning opportunity for you while ensuring that the community organization benefits from the placement. The 160-hour placement is expected to either inform your major research project or be directly tied to the project.
This full-time program is normally completed in one year. In addition to coursework, you must complete a major research project and a social justice community placement.
This program is focused on social and environmental justice research that contributes to the alleviation of such problems as poverty, discrimination and environmental degradation.
Our program will provide you with the optimum combination of skills and knowledge to successfully continue in academia with doctoral research, or to obtain employment in the not-for-profit, government or corporate social responsibility sectors. These are just a sampling of some of the exciting careers and places our graduates have gone on to:
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