At the same time, the Social Justice And Human Rights program from George Mason University provides a deep theoretical foundation for understanding the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of an array of social injustices and human rights issues. It emphasizes a global and intersectional approach while engaging students in imagining and applying strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.
You will be taught by an interdisciplinary team of faculty who combine contemporary theoretical and philosophical frameworks--such as intersectionality theory, queer theory, and critical race theory--with the knowledge and strategies of past and present change-makers. Faculty are engaged in social justice work worldwide, including in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and in our own community.
In addition to taking a small number of core courses, you will have the opportunity to shape your program around your social justice and human rights interests. Current and former students have focused on issues such as racial justice, educational rights, (dis)ability rights, indigenous rights, animal rights, the abolition of human trafficking. Others have focused on regional contexts such as the Middle East, Central Europe, East Africa, or Central America.
Students may choose to complete either an applied project, a traditional research thesis, or a research article for publication on a topic of their interest.
The Washington, D.C., area is a strategic place to study social justice and human rights. You will have opportunities to meet and work with activists and organizations who are putting contemporary understandings of social change into action.
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- MAIS ProSeminar
- Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights
- Critical Race Studies
- Queer Theory
- Social Justice and Equity in International Education
- Access and Social Justice
- Animal Rights: Issues and Movements
- Representations of Race
- Racial and Ethnic Relations: American and Selected Global Perspectives
- Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
- Feminist Theories across the Disciplines
- 12 months
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DisciplinesSociology Political Science View 378 other Masters in Sociology in United States
- Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
- An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application Self-Service Center.
- Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree
- All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
- Verification of English language proficiency.
- Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
- Other supplemental materials specified by your academic program such as essays, departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews
International1412 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
National1412 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 1412 USD per credit during 12 months.
In-State524 USD/creditTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 524 USD per credit during 12 months.
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