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Diversity & Community Studies - SRSC Curriculum

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The MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities is comprised of a thesis and a non-thesis option.  Both options require 18 hours of Core Courses plus electives, and if pursuing the thesis option, 6 thesis hours, for a total of 33 hours; students are required to be in attendance during the campus-based ICSR 590 Sustainability Symposium.

Program Objectives

Through this MA program, you will be able to:

  • examine a range of disciplinary perspectives on social justice
  • analyze the interrelationships of issues and interlocking systems associated with social organization and community development
  • examine the practical and theoretical principles of sustainability and how to apply them to diverse situations and communities throughout the world
  • analyze the power relationships (gender, race, age, class) that historically surround social justice and how these may be changed or augmented to increase social equality and equity
  • apply the principles of community organizing and be able to effectively utilize them in a variety of communities


Required Core Courses (18 hours):

Course Title Term



SRSC 510
Perspectives on Social Justice

Fall A consideration of major perspectives concerning social justice issues
SRSC 520
Community-Based Research

Fall The study of and training in community-based participatory action research across different disciplines, focusing on shared perspectives that apply sustainable, community-based problem solving.
SRSC 540
Community-Building for Sustainability
Spring Direct participation and research in a topic related to sustainable community-building.
SRSC 530
Social Policy & Social Justice


A study of the convergences and discontinuities between social justice and social policy using critical interdisciplinary theories.

LEAD 500
Effective Leadership Studies

Summer An in-depth investigation of the basics of effective leadership including current and historical leadership theories. Assessment of leadership styles will be a key component. Note: Please do not take other sections, only this with Dr. John Baker.
Sustainability Symposium

Second Spring Culminating residency requirement for students seeking the Master’s in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities. Includes group site evaluations and concluding symposium.

Students may choose to write a thesis for six hours of credit (ICSR 599), or to complete six hours additional electives for a non-thesis option.


Elective Courses

Student will select 15 hours for non-thesis option or 9 hours for thesis option. 

For a list of online elective courses, click here.


Compatible Graduate Certificates

Gender & Women's Studies

Global Pathways to Sustainability

Leadership Studies

Aging Studies


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 Last Modified 10/29/14