The purpose of the 38 semester-hour Master of Arts (Social Justice) degree program is to give students an opportunity to reflect on social justice as a central concern of contemporary Christian theologies. This program should interest many students, but in particular those who want to prepare for or continue to work within non-profit organizations that address justice issues in society, some of which are connected with churches or religious organizations; and those who have retired from professional life and are seeking ways to enhance their Sunday School education and to discover direction for a renewed sense of service and outreach to larger communities.
Upon completing the MA (Social Justice) program, students will be able to:
Act as responsible biblical interpreters critically informed by current historical, literary, and theological scholarship in the field of biblical studies.
Attend to the continuing importance of events, texts and practices of church history and contemporary cross culture studies through the lenses of oppression, liberation, and reconciliation.
Articulate perspectives on issues and topics in the area of public theology and ethics, informed by methods such as feminist/womanist, liberationist, process, and post-colonial models attentive to the theme of justice.
Demonstrate an ability to conduct and evaluate advanced research by producing an integrative paper in which the student engages in critical reflection on a religious and/or cultural issue, or set of issues, that has emerged in her or his course work with relevant methods and materials as articulated in the previous goals; or a project in the launch course that includes critical reflection on a religious and/or cultural issue, or set of issues, that has emerged in her or his course work with relevant methods and materials as articulated in the previous goals.
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For most denominations, the MA (Social Justice), standing alone, does not include either a sufficient number of hours or an adequate emphasis on ministerial formation and practice to meet the requirements for denominational certification or ordination.
The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) has determined that this degree is not designed to prepare students for ministry.