"We're all connected to social justice. It flows through every major."


The Social Justice Program at Trevecca can give you the skills and training you need to live out your spiritual calling to serve others through specific areas of study.

The social justice studies offer a liberal arts major/minor that will engage you in a core, interdisciplinary curriculum that captures insights from the fields of business, law, sociology, social work, science, and religion. Our program pulls together concepts from biblical theology, Christian ethics and human rights and emphasizes on restoration (spiritually, physically and emotionally) for the oppressed and marginalized.

Our small classes and expert professors and instructors ensure that your educational experience will be authentic and personal. You’ll learn from those truly practicing what they teach.

Located in the heart of Nashville, our students have the opportunity to volunteer, intern and get involved in a growing community. Our partnerships with non-profits, social services and local churches provide our students with a launching point for engaged learning and preparation for their futures.

 You can then choose one of three social justice concentrations to gain marketable skills:

Non-Profit and Congregational Leadership

Gain practical skills in non-profit management and community engagement for leadership roles as an outreach director at a church or a staff member at a non-profit agency.

Public policy

Analyze public policies and the political process for advancing the common good—preparation for law school or for work in the government,social welfare agencies, or research institutions.

Environmental Justice

Acquire technical skills through hands-on applications in environmental science—preparation for graduate school and/or careers as environmental advisors in government agencies or corporations or as staff members of local, state, or national agencies responsible for protecting the environment.

Other classes offered include the following:

  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Non-Profit Administration
  • Special Projects in Environmental Justice
  • Community Development
  • Urban Restoration Ecology
  • Biblical Theology of Social Justice
  • Economics of Poverty and Public Policy

What our students say

"The social justice program has greatly impacted my life by teaching me to think critically about the systems that are in place and how every decision that is made, whether on an individual, local, state or national level, has a ripple effect. God intended for all living creatures to live in harmony, but our current world could not be further away from God's design. My passion and calling is Micah 6:8: 'to do justice, love mercy and to walk humbly with our God' (NIV). The social justice program has given me the tools to participate in the restoring of creation to its intended purpose."

Emily Rattle '14

"Social justice is not something that can be taught merely in a lecture hall; it must be experienced at a ground level in a real-time environment, and the Center for Social Justice allowed me to witness and become involved in these efforts directly. During my time at Trevecca, I was transformed from a student who simply wanted to do good in the world to one that understands that issues of injustices and community development are at the heart of the Christian gospel and what it means to "seek ye first the kingdom of God and its righteousness."

Isaiah Fish '14