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An interdisciplinary Masters Degree in Social Responsibility, collaboratively developed by Human Relations, Sociology and Women's Studies, addresses a citizen's responsibility to others, to society and to the environment. It provides a solid academic foundation of the theory and practice of global social responsibility, historically and contemporarily. It offers practical skills for involved citizenship at the local, state, national, and global levels within a democratic and culturally diverse context. Constructive approaches to the pressing issues of equality, resource distribution, work, education, health, safety, survival, and environmental sustain ability are explored at the personal, professional and global levels. Specifically, the curriculum will provide knowledge and skills on the issues of race, gender, class, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, species, labor, global human rights, the environment and other issues of social responsibility. Students will develop the skills in critical analysis, investigation, research, writing, and socially responsible citizenship.
As serious issues of cultural diversity and global sustainability become more salient features of every society, a broad foundation of academic inquiry has been developing in many traditional fields as well as emerging disciplines which explores theories, paradigms and methodologies of social responsibility. The study of social responsibility is not founded in any one traditional discipline. Rather it is Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, spanning every discipline from humanities to social science to education to business, science and technology. This interdisciplinary degree in Social Responsibility will provide knowledge and skills to persons who wish to respond to these demands. This program is sufficiently broad based to develop and/or enhance professional skills for a wide range of public and private sector positions in education, communications, business, health care, advocacy, government and international careers. The program, designed for full and part-time students, can be completed by taking evening courses only.