M.A. in Religion & Social Change
The Master of Arts in Religion and Social Change adds a degree program to Claremont Lincoln University that will embody one of the University’s central themes: engaged religion. It is designed to appeal to people who are interested both in the interreligious nature of Claremont Lincoln and its emphasis on action directed toward healing the world.
The purpose of this degree is to prepare people to work for social change in concrete settings of leadership and activism. The program aims to strengthen students’ personal ethical grounding, increase their capacity to work with people from different religious traditions and secular standpoints, and equip them with the knowledge and skills for leading change at the local level and beyond. The program is appropriate for those interested in working in secular, religious, or interreligious contexts, including advocacy, service, and justice organizations.
The M.A. in Religion and Social Change is a 48-unit degree program that prepares graduates to work for social change in concrete settings of leadership and activism. The program aims to strengthen personal ethical grounding, increase capacity to work with people from different religious traditions and secular standpoints, and provide knowledge and skills for leading change at the local level and beyond.
Distribution in Religion and Social Change - 9 units
- Religious Foundations for Social Change (3 units)
- Engaged Ethics in a Global Era (3 units)
- Interreligious Dialogue and Leadership (3 units)
Distribution in Religious Traditions - 6 units
Two courses in Religious Traditions (History, Theology/Philosophy, Sacred Scriptures, Ethics). Students may choose to take courses related to their own religious tradition or those of other religions.
Distribution in Interreligious Studies - 3 units
One additional course in interreligious studies.
Distribution in Social Engagement, Leadership, and Activism - 12 units
- Interreligious leadership
- Ethics of Globalization
- Mediation and Negotiation
- Immigration as a Human Rights Crisis
- Managing and developing an interreligious organization
- Leadership in urban contexts
- Spirituality for Compassionate Social Engagement
- Theology for Social Justice
- Religious leadership
- Courses from the Austin Project, funded through the Disciples Seminary
- Foundation (emphasizing fund-raising and management)
- Courses offered through the Drucker School (non-profit management) at CGU
Mentored Practicum - 6 units
An internship placement where students will work on applying their area of expertise to some set of real-world problems. This practicum may be taken for 6 units in one semester or 3 units each over two semesters. All 6 units may be done at the same internship site or at two different internship sites.
Free Electives - 9 units
Integrative Seminar or M.A. Research Colloquium - 2 units
Summative Exercise - 1 unit
The summative exercise, such as a master’s thesis, major research paper, or project, as approved by one’s advisor, must be completed within the final 2 semesters of enrollment.