MA in Social Justice & Community Development

MA in Social Justice and Community Development

The MA in Social Justice and Community Development degree program provides a solid foundation of knowledge and skills for social activists and community development professionals.  This cross-denominational program engages students through a faith- and values-based perspective and provides:

  • an interdisciplinary foundation in justice theories and religious social teachings
  • a comprehensive, integrated curriculum, useful for various career paths in community development and social justice
  • practical tools in community organizing, social analysis and change, communication and non-violence, advocacy in public policy, working with volunteers, grant writing, and fundraising

The degree is designed for those aspiring to affect faith-based, social transformation in communities as well as to those committed to restoring economic equity, social justice, and ecological health, especially with regard to underserved, marginalized, or exploited populations.

Students in the program choose from two concentrations:

MA in Social Justice & Community DevelopmentThe Community Development Concentration is ideal for those with established careers or experience in the field of community development. Through hands-on experiences, students develop multiple competencies that aim to address infrastructure and support service gaps in traditionally underserved communities. This concentration is the result of a new partnership between the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE) and Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies.

The Social Justice Concentration is designed for those who are relatively new to the field of social justice and community development. This concentration is especially relevant for recent graduates looking to acquire practical skills that will help them become community leaders and agents of social change.

For more information go to the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University

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Up-Coming Classes

Interfaith & Intercultual Ministry Intensive (GTUS)
Rev. Dr. Shanta Premawardhana
January 5-9; 12-16, 2015
Mondays to Fridays 9am-5pm
M 302

Non-Violence in a Culture of Violence; Previously: Urban Peacemaking in a Culture of Violence (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie-Kellermann
January 12-17, 2015
Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm
S-H 306

Introduction to Theology (CAATS)
Dr. Howard Wiley
January 12 – March 16, 2015
Mondays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Theo 320

New Testament Survey (CAATS)
Dr. Nolan Shaw
January 14 – March 18, 2015
Wednesdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Bib 303

History of Christianity: An African Story (CAATS)
Dr. David Daniels & Dr. Isaac Laudarji
January 15 – March 19, 2015
Thursdays from 6:15pm-9:15pm
Hist 310

Urban Principalities & the Spirit of the City (GTUS)
Rev. Bill Wylie Kellerman
February 6-7; 13-14; 20-21, 2015
Fridays, 1pm – 9pm; Saturdays 8:30am – 4pm
B-Th 302

History of the Latin@ Church in the U.S. (ALTE)
Dr. Carmelo Alvarez
February 6-7; 27-28; March 13-14; 27-28, 2015
(Friday/viernes 6pm - 9pm y Saturday/sábados 8:30am - 4pm)

Proctor Conference Course (CAATS)
Faculty TBA
February 7-12, 2015
Time & Location TBA
Eth 431

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