Social Justice Studies
Do you want to make a difference – responsibly? Within social justice studies at Ouachita, we study economic, political, religious and social disparities as they affect access to resources. We study past, present and future implications of these in order to understand best practices for social change and community betterment. Join us as we hone empirical tools, survey political landscapes and seek insights into historical change – all framed in our Christian tradition and using a data-driven approach.
Non-profit/NGO communications or administration
International relief work
Teaching and Academia
Introduction to Social Justice
Race, Class, and Gender
Crime and Deviance
This flexible degree program allows you to choose courses to suit your interests and the needs of your future career path. View the detailed degree requirements PDF to see all courses included in the program.
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“Taking the Introduction to Social Justice course has taught me to evaluate justice in a larger perspective. I no longer rely on only my passion for solving social justice issues, but have a broader understanding of how to be an advocate for justice in a way that truly helps people and has a substantial impact. Additionally, the Introduction to Social Justice class has opened up opportunities for me to serve as an intern at a nonprofit for women. This class has taught me skills on how to ask broader questions about injustices in the world."
2018 graduate from Mountain Home, Ark.
Draft a working Personal Statement during the Introduction to Social Justice course. This may guide your class, service and practicum choices and provide character development goals during your college career. During your capstone, assess your progress toward personal and professional development as you prepare to launch a career in advocacy.
Work closely with your advisor to create your own unique degree plan. You’ll take courses in the Social Sciences as well as Christian Studies, Environmental Science and the Humanities. You may choose the skill set you wish to build and plan your courses accordingly, or take a more generalist approach. With either option, you will learn from specialists who are leaders in their disciplines.
Complete a service-learning course your freshman year. Serve the community through the Elrod Center’s TransServe program and with our emerging community services learning clinic. Complete your individualized capstone. Attend program lectures, discussions and retreats. In all of these venues, learn both inside and outside of classroom walls.
merging responsibilities & resources
As a Social Justice Studies major, you will have the opportunity to intern, study abroad or conduct an in-depth research project with a professor, as well as have access to retreats, travel and continued service-learning. All Social Justice Studies majors participate in at least one service-learning project and perform community service, incorporating hands-on community work with academics.
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