Program will launch in the fall of 2015
RICHMOND, Ky. (Sept. 22, 2014) — Eastern Kentucky University will add a bachelor’s degree program in Social Justice Studies in the fall of 2015. It will be the first school in Kentucky to offer such a degree, according to an EKU press release.
The program will draw upon a variety of academic disciplines, such as American Studies, anthropology, cultural and political geography, sociology, political economy and cultural studies and piece together diverse perspectives and viewpoints with the hope of developing more a robust understanding of justice and injustice and strategies by which problems can be overcome.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, which formally approved the program on Sept. 16, has emphasized the importance of preparing students capable of advancing the social, cultural and environmental health of the state. The SJS major at EKU will engage students in rigorous academic study of pressing social problems and facilitate their civic engagement as it prepares them for careers in public, private, non-profit and community-based sectors of employment, including activism, alternative media, community organizing, conflict resolution, domestic non-profit and social services, environmental advocacy, human relations, political campaigns and public policy analysis.
For more information about the program, contact Dr. Preston Elrod, professor and division chair for undergraduate studies in the School of Justice Studies, at [email protected] or 859-622-1160.