The School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno is now offering a newly accredited graduate certificate in social justice for community members and graduate students.
"The purpose of the Certificate in Social Justice is to provide students and professionals with a comprehensive understanding of the causes and consequences of inequality and social injustice," Mary Stewart, the director of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, said. "It will provide students with an integrative and focused experience."
The 12-credit certificate program is open to anyone who has received a baccalaureate degree and for students currently enrolled in a graduate program at the University. The program was recently accredited by the Northwest Accreditation Association and approved by the University. The certificate provides a great opportunity for professionals and community members who want to further their careers.
"Social justice issues are broad and they have a wide appeal to many members of the community," Stewart said. "The certificate can be of interest to people who work in the court systems, social services, education or business settings."
As part of the certificate program, the University is offering a new course this fall titled SRJS 720: Social Justice Colloquium. The course focuses on the way social and cultural factors shape social injustice. Topics such as immigration, mental and physical health, poverty, the justice system and gender violence will be discussed. The new class is required in order to obtain the certificate but is not a prerequisite to the other courses needed for the certificate.
"The required course will create a shared foundation so students will gain a broad understanding of social justice issues," Stewart said.
For the other nine credits, students can choose from a wide selection of courses ranging from graduate courses in criminal justice, communication, sociology and more.
The School of Social Research and Justice Studies houses the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, the Judicial Studies Program and the Departments of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Communication. The school programs partner with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the National Judicial College, both located on the University's campus.