Center for Social Justice

JAMES A. CASLER, Director of J. V. Morsch Center for Social Justice, Assistant Professor of Social Justice, 2009
BA, Eastern Nazarene College, 1995; MDiv, Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1999; MSW, University of Kansas, 2005.

Center for Social Justice General Information

Mission Statement

The Center for Social Justice offers a Biblical based, interdisciplinary major leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice. The social justice major provides three areas of concentration: Non-profit and Congregational Leadership, Public Policy, and Environmental Justice. Students will develop critical analysis and solutions to social problems through insights from the fields of law, business, public policy, environmental science, religion, and social work. Through a rich combination of theory, theology, and intensive field experiences students gain knowledge and practical skills to prepare them for a variety of careers including leadership within congregations and social service nonprofits; research and policy analysis positions within local, state, and federal government agencies or advocacy, lobbying, or educational institutions; and staff positions within public agencies or corporations focused on environmental conservation and stewardship.

Social Justice BS

All majors will take the core of 39-43 hours and will select one of three concentrations which will count as the student's minor area of study.

General Education

52 hours

Variations for General Education for Social Justice Majors:

Core

39-43 hours

SJS

2010

Introduction to Social Justice

(3)

BIB

3100

Biblical Theology of Justice

(2)

THE

3100

Theology, History, and Social Movements in Social Justice

(2)

SWK

2250

Introduction to Community Service

(3)

SOC

3300

Urban Sociology

(3)

SOC

3350

U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

(3)

SWK

4200

Working with Communities and Organizations

(3)

CED

3070

The Ministry of Compassion

(3)

SOC

2800

Introduction to Criminology and the Criminal Justice System

(3)

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

SOC

3000

Research Methods for the Social Sciences

(3)

SJS

4000

Field Internship in Social Justice

(2-6)

SJS

4110

Senior Seminar in Social Justice I

(3)

SJS

4120

Senior Seminar in Social Justice II

(3)

Public Policy Professional Minor

15 hours

SWK

3500

Social Welfare Policy

(3)

POL

3040

State and Local Governments

(3)

POL

3070

Law and Public Policy

(3)

ECO

3500

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

(3)

Select one of the following:

 

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

(3)

ECO

3300

International Economic Development

(3)

SOC

3200

Social Problems

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

Environmental Justice Professional Minor

16 hours

BIO

2900

Urban Restoration Ecology

(4)

SJS

3020

Special Projects in Environmental Justice I

(3)

SJS

3025

Special Projects in Environmental Justice II

(3)

SJS

4200

Readings in Environmental Justice

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

Nonprofit and Congregational Leadership Professional Minor

18 hours

SWK

2200

Working With Individuals

(3)

CED

3200

Church and Community

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

SJS

4020

Principles of Nonprofit Administration and Management

(3)

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

(3)

Select ONE of the following:

(3)

SWK

3200

Working with Groups (3)

 

SOC

3370

Juvenile Delinquency (3)

 

SWK

3500

Social Welfare Policy (3)

 

ECO

3300

International Economic Development (3)

 

General Electives

7-14 hours

Total

120 hours

Social Justice BS Four-Year Plan: Public Policy

Freshman Year

Semester 1

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

SCI

2000

Introduction to Environmental Science

(3)

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

INT

1100

Life Calling and Purpose

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 2

 

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

SOC

2010

General Sociology

(3)

SWK

2250

Introduction to Community Service

(3)

BIB

3100

Biblical Theology of Social Justice

(2)

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

MAT

1044

Mathematics for Business

(3)

 

Total 16

Sophomore Year

Semester 3

 

SJS

2010

Introduction to Social Justice

(3)

SOC

3350

U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

(3)

THE

3100

Theology, History, and Social Movements in Social Justice

(2)

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

 

Total 17

Semester 4

PHL

2010

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

CED

3070

The Ministry of Compassion

(3)

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

SOC

3300

Urban Sociology

(3)

POL

2020

American Political Institutions

(3)

 

 

or

 

ECO

2000

Principles of Macroeconomics

 

Total 15

Junior Year

Semester 5

 

SWK

4200

Working with Communities and Organizations

(3)

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

HPE

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

HIS

1400

World Civilization I

(3)

 

 

or

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II

 

POL

3040

State and Local Governments

(3)

 

Total 14

Semester 6

 

SOC

3000

Research Methods for the Social Sciences

(3)

ECO

3500

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

(3)

POL

3070

Law and Public Policy

(3)

MUS

1500

Fine Arts

(3)

REL

4000

Christian Life and Ministry

(3)

SJS

2020

Civil Rights Experience

(1)

Total 16

Senior Year

Semester 7

 

SJS

4000

Field Internship in Social Justice

(3)

SJS

4110

Senior Seminar in Social Justice I

(3)

SWK

3500

Social Welfare Policy

(3)

SOC

2800

Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

(3)

ECO

3300

International Economic Development

(3)

 

 

or

 

SOC

3200

Social Problems

 

 

 

or

 

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

 

 

 

or

 

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

 

 

Total 15

Semester 8

 

SJS

4120

Senior Seminar in Social Justice II

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

Total 12

Total Plan of Study:

120 hours

Social Justice BS Four-Year Plan: Environmental Justice

Freshman Year

Semester 1

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

SCI

2000

Introduction to Environmental Science

(3)

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

INT

1100

Life Calling and Purpose

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 2

 

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

SOC

2010

General Sociology

(3)

SWK

2250

Introduction to Community Service

(3)

BIB

3100

Biblical Theology of Social Justice

(2)

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

MAT

1044

Mathematics for Business

(3)

 

Total 16

Sophomore Year

Semester 3

 

SJS

2010

Introduction to Social Justice

(3)

SOC

3350

U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

(3)

THE

3100

Theology, History, and Social Movements in Social Justice

(2)

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

HPE

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

 

Total 16

Semester 4

PHL

2010

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

CED

3070

The Ministry of Compassion

(3)

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

SOC

3300

Urban Sociology

(3)

Total 15

Junior Year

Semester 5

 

SWK

4200

Working with Communities and Organizations

(3)

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

SJS

4200

Readings in Environmental Justice

(3)

HIS

1400

World Civilization I

(3)

 

 

or

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II

 

POL

2020

American Political Institutions

(3)

 

 

or

 

ECO

2000

Principles of Macroeconomics

 

 

Total 15

Semester 6

 

SOC

3000

Research Methods for Social Sciences

(3)

ECO

3500

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

(3)

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

(3)

MUS

1500

Fine Arts

(3)

REL

4000

Christian Life and Ministry

(3)

SJS

2020

Civil Rights Experience

(1)

Total 16

Senior Year

Semester 7

 

SJS

4000

Field Internship in Social Justice

(3)

SJS

4110

Senior Seminar in Social Justice I

(3)

CED

3200

Church and Community

(3)

SOC

2800

Introduction to Crime and Criminal Justice

(3)

SJS

3020

Special Projects in Environmental Justice I

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 8

 

BIO

2900

Urban Restoration Ecology

(4)

SJS

4120

Senior Seminar in Social Justice II

(3)

SJS

3025

Special Projects in Environmental Justice II

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

Total 13

Total Plan of Study:

121 hours

Social Justice BS Four-Year Plan: Non-Profit and Congregational Leadership

Freshman Year

Semester 1

ENG

1020

English Composition

(3)

SCI

2000

Introduction to Environmental Science

(3)

REL

2000

Introduction to Biblical Faith

(3)

INT

1100

Life Calling and Purpose

(3)

COM

1010

Speech Communication

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 2

 

ENG

1080

Critical Reading Writing Thinking

(3)

SOC

2010

General Sociology

(3)

SWK

2250

Introduction to Community Service

(3)

BIB

3100

Biblical Theology of Social Justice

(2)

BUS

2010

Financial Stewardship

(2)

MAT

1044

Mathematics for Business

(3)

 

Total 16

Sophomore Year

Semester 3

 

SJS

2010

Introduction to Social Justice

(3)

SOC

3350

U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

(3)

SOC

3300

Urban Sociology

(3)

SCI

2600

Issues in Science

(3)

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development

(3)

THE

3100

Theology, History, and Social Movements in Social Justice

(2)

 

Total 17

Semester 4

PHL

2010

Introduction to Philosophy

(3)

CED

3070

The Ministry of Compassion

(3)

ENG

2000

World Literature

(3)

BUS

2300

Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management

(3)

SWK

3500

Social Welfare Policy

(3)

 

 

or

 

SOC

3370

Juvenile Delinquency

 

 

 

or

 

ECO

3300

International Economic Development

 

 

 

or

 

SWK

3200

Working with Groups

 

Total 15

Junior Year

Semester 5

 

SWK

4200

Working with Communities and Organizations

(3)

REL

3000

Christian Tradition

(3)

POL

2020

American Political Institutions

(3)

 

 

or

 

ECO

2000

Principles of Macroeconomics

 

SWK

2200

Working with Individuals

(3)

HIS

1400

World Civilization I

(3)

 

 

or

 

HIS

1450

World Civilization II

 

HPE

1500

Introduction to Health and Wellness

(2)

 

Total 17

Semester 6

 

SOC

3000

Research Methods for Social Sciences

(3)

ECO

3500

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

(3)

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship

(3)

MUS

1500

Fine Arts

(3)

REL

4000

Christian Life and Ministry

(3)

SJS

2020

Civil Rights Experience

(1)

Total 16

Senior Year

Semester 7

 

SJS

4000

Field Internship in Social Justice

(3)

SJS

4110

Senior Seminar in Social Justice I

(3)

CED

3200

Church and Community

(3)

SOC

2800

Introduction to Criminology and the Criminal Justice System

(3)

SJS

4020

Principles of Nonprofit Administration and Management

(3)

 

Total 15

Semester 8

 

CED

3200

Church and Community

(3)

SJS

4120

Senior Seminar in Social Justice II

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

 

Elective

(3)

 

Total 12

Total Plan of Study:

123 hours

Minor in Social Justice

Social Justice Departmental Minor

17 hours

SJS

2010

Introduction to Social Justice

(3)

CED

3070

The Ministry of Compassion I

(3)

SOC

3300

Urban Sociology

(3)

 

 

or

 

SOC

3350

U.S. Cultural and Ethnic Diversity

 

BIB

3100

Biblical Theology of Social Justice

(2)

 

 

or

 

THE

3100

Theological Histories and Movements in Social Justice

 

Choose two of the following:

(6)

SWK

4200

Working with Communities and Organizations (3)

 

SJS

3010

Introduction to Community Development (3)

 

SJS

4020

Principles of Nonprofit Administration and Management (3)

 

SWK

3500

Social Welfare Policy (3)

 

ECO

3500

Economics of Poverty and Public Policy (3)

 

SOC

3200

Social Problems (3)

 

ECO

3300

International Economic Development (3)

 

SJS

4010

Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3)

 

SJS

4200

Readings in Environmental Justice (3)

 

Social Justice Course Descriptions

SOCIAL JUSTICE

SJS 2010 Introduction to Social Justice (3)

As the foundational course for the Social Justice major, this course will introduce students to a basic biblical theology of justice and acquaint them with the leading secular theories of justice. It will examine historical social justice movements such as abolition and child labor reform and will explore contemporary social justice issues, including poverty, racism, environmentalism, and the criminal justice system, thus giving to students an overview of subjects which will be addressed in depth in other courses of the major.

SJS 2020 Civil Rights Experience (1)

An intensive one-week course in which students will engage in a highly experiential way in the life and writings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other key civil rights leaders. Over the course of the week, students will visit key historical sites in Montgomery, Selma, Birmingham, and Atlanta important in the struggle for civil rights for African Americans. Course readings will complement these visits and students will interact with civil rights era veterans and contemporary Christian leaders focused on the ongoing challenge of racial reconciliation. Fee required.

SJS 3010 Introduction to Community Development (3)

Examines the theory, goals and practice of community economic development and acquaints students with methods of analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the local economy and community. Students will explore such issues as asset-based community development, asset-building strategies, community-oriented economic development strategies such as community and cooperative business development, self-employment and microbusiness, community loan funds and credit unions.

SJS 3020 Special Projects in Environmental Justice I (3)

As a connection between theory and practice, students will work faculty in hands-on, service-learning activities related to ecological restoration and sustainable development. Projects will be coordinated through the Center for Social Justice's environmental programs (e.g., composting initiative, community gardens, Brown's Creek reclamation). Classroom readings and discussions will complement the extensive field experience.

SJS 3025 Special Projects in Environmental Justice II (3)

Engages students in community-based research, directed research projects, and/or service learning projects that relate to issues of creation care and environmental protection, sustainability, and reclamation.

SJS 4000 Field Internship in Social Justice (2-6)

Field placement in an internship in the U.S. or abroad. To enhance the internship experience, students will be required to complete key readings related to their proposed field placement, to keep a log of their activities, and to participate in directed debriefing sessions.

SJS 4010 Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship (3)

An introduction to the field of the integration of nonprofit and for-profit worlds. Utilizing case studies, key readings, and primary information sources, students will examine critical issues including sustainability, impact and performance, measuring social return, and leadership qualities demanded by the field. Each student will develop a business plan for a social enterprise.

SJS 4020 Principles of Nonprofit Administration and Management (3)

Acquaints students with the primary components of nonprofit management. Students will learn the process for starting a new nonprofit organization, including legal steps for pursuing tax-exempt status. Students will also be introduced to key areas of nonprofit leadership, including program development and evaluation, strategic planning, board development, grant writing, and volunteer management.

SJS 4110 Senior Seminar in Social Justice I (3)

A capstone course for all majors. Through readings, class presentations, and an applied research project, students will begin to integrate the classes from the various disciplines in which they have studied.

SJS 4120 Senior Seminar in Social Justice II (3)

As a capstone course for all majors, this class will focus upon integrating the learning experience of the interdisciplinary Social Justice curriculum through readings, class presentations, and the student's completion of a Senior Thesis on a self-selected topic related to the student's concentration.

SJS 4200 Readings in Environmental Justice (3)

Faculty directed oversight of classic and/or contemporary readings in specific areas of environmental justice.

COURSES FROM OTHER DISCIPLINES

BIB 3100 Biblical Theology of Social Justice (2)

An exploration of social justice as it is depicted in the narrative of the Bible, including creation, torah, the prophetic proclamations, Christ's declaration of the Kingdom of God, and the practices of the first-century church.

CED 3200 Church and Community (3)

Assuming that the church's local context is the primary location of life and witness, this course examines the processes of forming a witnessing people shaped by an outward journey of gospel engagement with their unique context. The course will emphasize skill development in exegesis of the community and the church's interaction with that community.

ECO 3500 Economics of Poverty and Public Policy (3)

This course examines the economic forces that shape poverty and public policy responses. Concepts of equity, efficiency, absolute vs. relative poverty and economic justice will be explored. Alternative approaches to policies in areas such as taxation, income redistribution, poverty, and equal opportunity will be analyzed from the perspective of policymakers and policy advocates.

THE 3100 Theology, History, and Social Movements in Social Justice (3)

An examination and analysis of theological thought and practice of social justice and social justice movements throughout the history of the Christian church, including the church Fathers, Catholic social thought, John Wesley, the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, and contemporary theologies of justice. The impact of such thought upon contemporary efforts to pursue justice at home and abroad will also be explored.