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New Social Justice Program Prepares Students to Solve Global Issues

Social JusticeOral Roberts University announced a new degree program titled Social Justice. The new degree program will be offered through the Department of Behavioral Science and will begin accepting students in fall 2014.

“Social justice is something that the current generation is highly invested in,” said Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Kenneth Weed. “From sex trafficking to pure water initiatives, we want to make sure our students are prepared to impact every situation with a hurt or need around the globe.”

Social Justice provides students with skills and abilities to integrate faith, culture, economics, and politics to promote healing at both an individual and societal level.  This program offers two pathways leading students either through a pre-law emphasis to graduate school or a business emphasis leading into a career promoting healing through supportive, often non-profit, organizations.

Graduates of Social Justice find value in developing community wholeness through developing collaborative solutions to complex problems through a variety of strategies including the following:

  • Engaging in action-oriented research to develop, assess, and implement community-based solutions
  • Building collaborative community relationships with a variety of groups and organizations to address community needs
  • Providing ideas, tools, and strategies to organizations addressing social problems including exploitation and victimization
  • Working with marginalized people assisting them to find value as children of God

Students interested in enrolling for the new Social Justice degree program are eligible for nomination to the Quest Whole Person Scholarship, which offers up to $20,000 a year in tuition. For additional information on the Quest Whole Person Scholarship Program, visit www.quest.oru.edu.

For more information about the Social Justice degree program, attend ORU College Weekend March 6-8, 2014, or contact the ORU admissions office at 800-678-8876 ext. 1or admissions@oru.edu.