The Kean University Master’s degree program in Sociology and Social Justice prepares students to address inequality based on identity categories such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. It is the first of its kind in the state and the region. Social justice is the study of how social advantages and disadvantages are distributed, the relationship between social identity and inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap between them at local, national, and global levels. It is a perspective for understanding and for action. The program further seeks to inspire a commitment to democracy and firm principles of egalitarianism and equity that will prepare graduates for positions in research, teaching, public service, business and other positions where they may serve as agents of social change. The program emphasizes the interplay between theoretical and applied approaches in sociology, and provides students with an integrated culminating practicum and master’s thesis experience. Successful graduates from our program will complete a total of 36 credits (including the practicum and the master’s thesis supervision). Our ideal student should have the passion to pursue justice, the ability to argue for those who cannot, the knowledge to understand public issues, the courage to challenge oppression, and the humanity to bring people together for a noble cause.
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