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Social Justice Advocacy


This certificate in social justice advocacy includes several approaches through multidisciplinary coursework.  This will give students a broad range of knowledge and options in how to strive for and achieve change and social justice for all. This certificate will give individuals education that focuses on the opportunities to use a combination of multiple approaches to get to change and social justice, providing the individual with varying degrees of skills where one may feel competent and able to actively address the issues faced by people of all backgrounds.

Social Justice Advocacy Certificate Declaration of Intent


Required Core Courses (Complete 3)

Core Areas

Take one course from each core area.

Global Understandings

Students can expect to gain a deep understanding of the interconnectedness of social justice issues on a global scale. Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will explore multiple perspectives and develop critical thinking skills to address challenges faced by immigrant, local, and global communities worldwide. They will engage in topics such as geopolitical conflict, global distributive justice, and the impact of globalization, preparing them to contribute meaningfully to the pursuit of social justice across borders.

Dynamics of Power

Students will delve into the complexities of power dynamics within society and how they impact social justice issues. They will develop a nuanced understanding of how power structures influence communication, law, culture, and societal norms. Through their studies, students will explore how language, policy, and entrepeneurship can be leveraged to challenege existing power structures and advocate for social change. They will also learn to critically analyze and navigate power dynamics in various contexts, preparing them to be effective advocates for social justice in their communities.

Communication with Stakeholders

Students can expect to develop advanced communication skills essential for effective social justice advocacy. They will learn how to engage with stakeholders, analyze complex arguments, and craft persuasive messages. These skills are crucial for advocating for social change, as they enable students to effectively communicate with communities, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Additionally, students will develop the necessary competency and practical experience needed to engage with populations locally and globally, equipping them with the communication tools necessary to advocate for social justice and drive meaningful change.


  • Choose one additional course from any of the core areas (3)

Course substitutions may be available. Contact an academic advisor for more information.

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Last Updated: 6/21/24