Major in Social Justice
Begun in fall 2014, the social justice program provides students at Merrimack College with the chance to turn their passion for change, human rights and a more just world into a career through the major in social justice.
This interdisciplinary program has been designed to prepare students for the demands of a world where our awareness of inequality and capacity to address social issues have become globally interconnected. Through a variety of courses, chosen from among all the disciplines in the liberal arts, students receive the theoretical, analytical and experiential knowledge that will prepare them for advocacy and human-rights work with local community organizations, as well as national and international nongovernmental organizations and institutions such as the United Nations.
The major in social justice is designed to combine a strong theoretical understanding of ideas of social justice with experiential learning through practical application, and it includes a required internship in a community-based organization or NGO.
Due to the unique nature of social justice and the diversity of the fields it connects, the program is structured to give students the option of customizing their major in order to focus on the issues or areas that most appeal to them. Although the program offers a variety of concentrations, the director of the program, together with selected advisers, will work closely with each student, so that his/her interests shape an individual experience as a path to a meaningful future. The flexibility of the program, too, allows for students to successfully double-major, thus enabling them to pursue their social concerns while learning other valuable skills and knowledge.
The major in social justice offers students the possibility of preparing for exciting work in a variety of fields. Career opportunities include employment in government agencies; colleges and universities; consulting firms; research institutes; corporations; domestic and international nongovernmental organizations, including community and environmental organizations; human-rights organizations, e.g., Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch; the United Nations; and international development organizations.
Social justice graduates are also employable as international environmental journalists, writers, media producers and organizers.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Luis Saenz de Viguera
Director, Social Justice Program