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Social Justice

Trevecca’s Bachelor of Science in social justice is an interdisciplinary program with courses in business, law, sociology, social work, science and religion. Students are equipped with a solid foundation that allows them to help the oppressed and marginalized find spiritual, physical and emotional restoration. The program combines biblical theology, Christian ethics and human rights and offers incredible opportunities for hands-on experience and real-world impact through our J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.

Program Benefits

  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who practice what they teach and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Participate in the many offerings of our J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships, service programs and job opportunities in the Nashville market.

What to Expect

Trevecca’s social justice program equips you with the skills and training you need to live out your spiritual calling to serve others and seek biblical justice in a broken world.  Some of the classes offered include Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship, Community Development, Urban Restoration Ecology, Biblical Theology of Social Justice, Economics of Poverty and Public Policy and Ministry of Compassion. You can tailor your education to match your interests and goals when you choose from the following concentrations:

  • Non-Profit and Congregational Leadership
  • Public Policy
  • Environmental Justice

At Trevecca, your social justice education continues outside of the classroom through unique on-campus opportunities as well as in the surrounding Nashville communities. Our partnerships with local non-profits, social services and churches give you many ways to gain valuable hands-on experience that prepares you for a future in social justice.

Trevecca is the only university in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) that offers a biblical social justice major/minor which provides students with opportunities to apply their learning to meet real world needs through center programming. The social justice program is housed in our J.V. Morsch Center for Social Justice. The center offers the following community initiatives and more:

  • Trevecca's Urban Farm is an on-campus working farm which provides students with the training needed to help food-insecure neighborhoods around the world.
  • The Micah Mandate is our social justice magazine which raises awareness of today’s injustices, tells our students’ stories and fosters community.
  • The Neighborhood Empowerment Program creates a living laboratory where relationships between TNU and the surrounding communities foster social justice and community health.
  • The Salvation Army has been partnering with Trevecca for over 15 years to promote Christian education and carry out the biblical mandate to advance Kingdom purposes in the area of social justice. 

The AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) has members on campus who work with this national program to eliminate poverty.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your social justice degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you, your faith and your goals.

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

Nearly every student at Trevecca receives some form of assistance in paying for college. Learn all about the affordability of a TNU education and options for receiving aid.

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Tabitha Sookdeo (’17) 
Trevecca First Chapter Award recipient 2022 

The First Chapter Award is presented to a recent Trevecca alumni who has begun a distinguished professional career. As a social justice major studying public policy at Trevecca, Tabitha Sookdeo learned to combine her interests in migration and climate change. She has continued to pursue that calling in a joint graduate degree program, earning her juris doctorate from Varmont Law School and a master’s in environmental management from Yale University with a specialization in climate-induced migration.  After graduation from Trevecca in 2017, Sookdeo served her community in a variety of positions in nonprofit development as well as founding Sookdeo Consulting Solutions. Most recently, she has served as the interim director of community engagement for Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services (IRIS). 

Career Opportunities

With your degree from Trevecca, you’ll be well-prepared for graduate studies in a variety of fields. You’ll also have the education and skills you need to succeed in wide variety of career roles and settings, including leadership within religious congregations and social service nonprofits; research and policy analysis positions within local, state and federal government agencies, lobbying or educational institutions; and staff positions within public agencies or corporations focused on environmental conservation and stewardship. Our social justice graduates often find themselves serving in the following settings, organizations, or roles:

  • Nonprofit
  • Law
  • Social work
  • Missionary work
  • Compassionate ministry
  • Community development
  • Government

"I cannot thank God enough for bringing me to Trevecca’s social justice program. The program challenged me to see the world differently and caused me to have a deeper love for God and His people."

Lucas Reed Trevecca graduate