Help create a more just world as a leader for social justice.
The Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Leadership and Social Justice supports emerging leaders in a range of fields that impact social justice issues. Students enrolled in this part-time program will build their skills as leaders, learn how to expand their spheres of influence, and explore the ways they can be change agents and advocates for social justice within their professional communities.
The BLA in Leadership and Social Justice brings subject matter to life by merging theory and real-world experiences. Core courses in leadership and social justice guide students in strategizing and reflecting on their goals for engaging in social justice work, and help them develop strong skills in critical thinking and oral and written communication. Through elective courses, students have the opportunity to examine leadership and social justice within multiple areas: the arts, education, history, language, philosophy, political science, religious studies, social work, sociology and women’s and gender studies.
In keeping with the Holy Cross mission of St. Edward’s, students in the BLA in Leadership and Social Justice program will be prepared to approach issues in their workplace and communities from a perspective of equity, inclusion and human rights.
What are job opportunities for graduates?
This online program prepares students to lead social improvement efforts and work with social-justice focused organizations in roles like these:
- Community organizer or activist
- Diversity officer
- Nonprofit leader
- NGO project manager
- Outreach coordinator
- Case manager
Who is an ideal candidate for this degree?
The part-time format of this program provides flexibility for non-traditional students, working adults and transfer students seeking to complete their undergraduate degrees. Major requirements will be completed through a blend of online, hybrid and face-to-face class modalities.
Major Requirements: The Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Leadership and Social Justice requires a total of 33 hours of major courses, which include a combination of required leadership, social justice and communication courses as well as electives selected from the arts, education, history, language, philosophy, political science, religious studies, social work, sociology and women’s and gender studies.
Required Courses: Students complete these three required courses totaling 9 hours:
- Introduction to Leadership and Social Justice
- Leadership and Social Justice Capstone
- Writing and Rhetoric
Required Electives: Students choose eight courses totaling 24 hours, four from the social justice area and four from the leadership area. At least two options from each area must be at the 3000–4000 level.