Master of Arts in Peace and Social Justice
In an era characterized by religious pluralism and ideological polarization, the M.A. in Peace and Social Justice is designed for the leader who is committed to the development of just, tolerant and mindful societies in which the basic human rights and aspirations of individuals and groups are valued. Central to the program is the emphasis on Interfaith Action, an emerging thought practice that transcends doctrine and dogma in an effort to maintain relevance, cooperation, and constructive consensus-building in the post-modern context. With its focus on Interfaith Action, the Master of Arts in Peace and Social Justice will help to refine your perspectives on social issues, religion and politics. It will also equip you with the collaborative engagement and self-reflection competencies that are essential for effecting meaningful change in society..
The M.A. in Peace and Social Justice equips leaders like you with advanced understanding and effective models of social engagement based on critical and contemporary understandings of religion, its context in cultural, political and economic realities in global perspective, and the skills to implement positive change through high-impact social action projects.
At Claremont Lincoln, we know that religion can be both a source of conflict and a source of peace. Effective interfaith leaders can tip that balance in favor of more just and sustainable societies. As a graduate of Claremont Lincoln, you will move beyond interfaith dialogue to interfaith action, to put wisdom of the ages to work in the world.
The M.A. in Peace and Social Justice is comprised of a sequence of 10 rigorous courses designed and facilitated by cutting edge thought-leaders and practitioners from around the world. Coursework includes advanced studies in religious literacy, theoretical foundations, moral conflict, civic engagement, and interfaith entrepreneurship. These courses are offered concurrently with the proprietary Claremont Core® curriculum, which deepens personal foundations and professional pro-ficiencies while offering you interaction with like-minded, change-oriented leaders from other degree programs.
As a graduate of the Peace and Social Justice program, you will develop a breadth of new capacities in the practices of mindfulness, dialogue, collaboration and change-making while gaining a knowledge of the most critical and contemporary issues around interfaith engagement. This includes the critical considerations of religious identity, spiritual belonging, secularism, religious pluralism, and the identification and negotiation of religious diversity in organizational and religious contexts. Upon graduation, you will have developed a disposition and identity as an interfaith leader in a post-secular world.
Peace and Social Justice Courses
- Power and Privilege in Self and Society
- Approaching Religion
- Negotiating Moral Conflict
- Interfaith Leadership in a Global Context
- Religion in the Public Sphere: Faith, Politics & Rhetoric
- Capstone Action Project