The social justice and human rights masters program addresses urgent social issues related to human security, labor, migration, children, family, education and the environment.
The MA degree program in social justice and human rights addresses urgent social issues related to human security, labor, migration, children, family, education and the environment.
The coursework in this theoretically and methodologically rigorous program examines social issues in contexts defined by multiple and intersecting forms of social identity and disadvantage, including gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality.
The program requires an internship to be completed domestically or internationally, where students typically work alongside other advocates for social justice to help refugees, migrants, workers, and survivors of violence or human trafficking.
Students may select from three degree tracks: research, advocacy, or critical trauma studies and social work. The research track prepares students for positions as researchers, analysts and advocates in governmental, intergovernmental and nongovernmental agencies. The advocacy track prepares students to be leaders in nonprofit, social movement, governmental and intergovernmental organizations. The critical trauma studies and social work track prepares students to assist vulnerable people, especially survivors of extreme violence, poverty, war, sex trafficking, human trafficking, gender-based violence, and various forms of marginalization.
Graduates are also prepared to enter PhD programs.
Social Justice and Human Rights, MA
New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
Plan of Study
The Plan of Study is the required curriculum to complete the program.
This degree follows the general graduate application deadlines.
This degree has graduating advising.
Financing Your Education
Pay for your graduate education.
Required Core (15 credit hours)
JHR 501 Proseminar in Social Justice and Human Rights (3)
JHR 506 Grant Writing and Development for Social Justice and Human Rights (3)
JHR 510 Problem-Based Seminar in Social Justice and Human Rights (3)
JHR 525 Action Research in Social Justice and Human Rights (3)
JHR 584 Internship (3)
Track (9 credit hours)
Electives (0-3 credit hours)
Research (3 credit hours)
JHR 500 Research (3)
Culminating Experience (3-6 credit hours)
JHR 593 Applied Project (3) or
JHR 599 Thesis (6)
Additional Curriculum Information
This program has three tracks: social justice and human rights research, social justice and human rights advocacy, and critical trauma studies and social work. Students select one of the three tracks and select courses for the track and electives requirements in consultation with faculty.
Students completing an applied project for their culminating experience will select an additional electives course for three credit hours to meet the program's 33 credit hour requirement.