Program mission, goals, & objectives
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause.” --Isaiah 1:17
The M.A. in Applied Social Justice is a low residency (mostly online, some on campus), faith-based program designed to prepare you for a meaningful career & ministry in social entrepreneurship or community development. It is designed for individuals called to serve others through churches, faith-based and nonprofit community organizations, and other social enterprises that address root causes of poverty and related ills, and that empower people to help themselves.
Goals & objectives:
- Provide education and training in a low-residency delivery system for individuals who want to apply their faith commitments and religious values to making a real difference in the lives of others by addressing the root causes of social problems;
- Demonstrate an understanding of poverty and the social contexts for optimum human development, including strategies for effective social change to insure more people can experience optimum human development;
- Explore and articulate the connections between Christian faith as historically understood by Baptists and the biblical call for justice in the world today; and,
- Provide two career tracks depending upon whether the student is led to church-based, Christian community development work or to applying innovative business practices to starting one’s own organization.
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Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees including the Masters of Arts in Applied Social Justice.