Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education
Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education
As people around the world face persistent and increasing disparities in income, education, and occupational opportunity, there have been many calls for colleges and universities to better prepare students to understand and address issues pertaining to diversity and social justice. This concentration has been created to meet the needs of students looking to increase their knowledge and skills regarding diversity and social justice in higher education, as well as to prepare them for work in areas of higher education where they will address these issues.
This concentration is distinctive in several ways:
- Students pursuing this concentration will benefit from not only the academic rigor of the master's program at large, but also from specific aspects of the study of diversity, research on educational policies and practices, and the practice of social justice education.
- In addition to coursework, students will be given practical work experience through a program-approved internship where they will be exposed to and work on issues of diversity and/or social justice.
- Students in this concentration will also have several opportunities to integrate knowledge across a variety of learning contexts, including opportunities to attend a symposium series and an accompanying workshop series focusing on issues of diversity and social justice.
Graduate study in this concentration considers broad issues that affect higher and postsecondary education as well as depth of knowledge and experience gained across a variety of learning contexts. A series of symposia works to sustain and strengthen a supportive network of graduate students and faculty in the School of Education who are interested in research, pedagogy, and activism around issues of diversity and social justice.
The selection of specific courses and complementary activities (including cognate courses and experiential activities) will be determined by the student and advisor, depending on the student's selected area of focus.
While this program draws on the expertise of many members of the faculty, direction of this master's program is provided by Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education faculty member Patricia King.