Western Kentucky University

University College

Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities

Format: Hybrid

Program Description:

This master of arts degree is an interdisciplinary program of study that provides students with the tools to lead communities toward social justice and sustainability. It is designed especially for students inclined toward the humanities, social sciences, and related fields. *Students take a core set of courses that provide interdisciplinary grounding in social justice and sustainability, economic and policy issues, leadership issues, community-building, and community-based research. *Students may focus their elective courses on environmental sustainability, women’s & gender studies, inter-generational studies, or other issues—depending on their interests, on availability of courses, and in consultation with their adviser. *Students in the MA in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities will cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary to be economic, political, and social change agents for more just and sustainable communities. The Master of Arts in Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities is primarily online. Students have the opportunity to conduct an action research project to understand issues relevant to social justice and sustainability and identify possible solutions. They will also participate in a unique experiential learning program where they’ll meet community members engaged in work relevant to these core principles. The master’s program culminates in a week-long residency near Bowling Green, Kentucky, where students visit significant community sites; and at the end of their stay in Kentucky, students present their research and learning in a conference style symposium. Through this MA program, students will be able to: *examine a range of disciplinary perspectives on social justice; *analyze the interrelationships of issues and interlocking systems associated with social organization and community development; *examine the practical and theoretical principles of sustainability and how to apply them to diverse situations and communities throughout the world; *analyze the power relationships (gender, race, age, class) that historically surround social justice and how these may be changed or augmented to increase social equality and equity; *apply the principles of community organizing and be able to effectively utilize them in a variety of communities. Students take six course courses and three to five electives, depending on whether they select the thesis or non-thesis option. All courses may be taken online except for the concluding residency and symposium. Compatible graduate certificates include Gender & Women's Studies (described on gradschools.com), Leadership Studies, and Gerontology.


The SRSC Master's is offered at an accredited institution.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 33

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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