Advanced Certificate in Social Justice

What You Will Learn

  • Explore the intersections between social ethics, religion and spirituality, and the ongoing struggle for a more just society
  • Cultivate a basic understanding of the theological, theoretical, and critical foundations of one or more religious traditions
  • Gain awareness and knowledge of existing power dynamics and structures in terms of gender, sexuality, race, class and identities targeted for oppression

The Advanced Certificate in Social Justice is a twelve-credit, four-course program that can be completed in as little as one year. Students pursuing this certificate take a required foundational course in Social Ethics, one course from either the field of Social Ethics or Religion and Society and two additional elective courses from other fields.

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Course Requirements

Successful completion of four courses, including a combination of field-specific and elective courses from across the Union curriculum.

  • Three credits in one of the two foundational Social Ethics (SE) courses:
    • SE 208 – Moral Traditions and Social Ethics or
    • SE 322 – Social Ethics in the Making
  • Three credits from one of the following areas:
    • Any Social Ethics (SE) course
    • Any Religion and Society (RS) course
  • Six elective credits from at least two of the following areas:
    • A course in Theological Studies (TS), Church History/Historical Studies (CH), or Bible (BX/OT/NT)
    • An Interreligious Engagement (IE) course of non-Christian tradition
    • A course in Practical Theology (PT), Denominational Studies (DS), Preaching, Arts, and Worship (CW), or Religion and Education (RE)


A student is eligible to apply for this program if they have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a record of high achievement. Prior study in the field of religion is not required, but strong preparation in liberal arts studies is expected.

To apply, students are required to submit a $75 application fee, online application form, a statement of purpose, transcripts, CV or resume and letter of reference.

The total tuition cost for the certificate program is $10,000, which breaks down to $2,500 each for the four, required, three-credit courses. This tuition rate represents a discount of more than 35% off of our standard, per credit tuition. Students wishing to receive a physical copy of the certificate upon graduation/completion of the program will be charged an additional, minimal fee.