Bachelor of Arts – Social Justice & Catholic Studies

4 Year Degree

Grounded in the mission of St. Mary’s University to care for the whole person and rooted in the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Social Justice & Catholic Studies degree is a unique interdisciplinary program that encourages reflection on the injustices that characterize society, and upon the Catholic tradition and its engagement with the world.

Drawing upon the theories and practices of a wide range of different disciplines, this degree equips students with the critical, analytical, and ethical skills necessary to live and work responsibly in an increasingly integrated global community. Students will explore history, philosophy, and religious ideas in the Catholic tradition alongside critical political, social, and ethical issues confronting society and the environment.

Students will choose an emphasis in either Social Justice or Catholic Studies, and take an experiential learning course in their final year of study. They will put learning into practice, establish community relationships, and gain meaningful work-related experience with a community partner.

If you are interested in making a difference in your community and working for justice then this degree is for you!

Graduates from our program will develop strong skills in the following aspects:

  • Problem solving: reason logically; synthesize ideas; understand connections between various subjects; formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem, topic, or issue
  • Community partnership: work with diverse community organizations with frontline work, administrative capacities, advocacy work, and liaising with multiple stakeholders
  • Holistic outlook: read building an intellectual framework within the breadth and depth of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition allows for diversity of thought whilst integrating a holistic approach to the whole person
  • Entrepreneurial framework: students will have innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to real-world issues with practical experience to think creatively
  • Research & editing: data-driven research and historical, conceptual research
The Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Social Justice and Catholic Studies reflects St. Mary’s University’s vision and mission as an institution founded in the Catholic intellectual tradition committed to developing the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), and preparing its students to live with integrity, compassion, and confidence as lifelong learners and engaged citizens dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge for the service to the community.

Below is a sample of jobs that may be relevant to this degree. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some occupations require further education and experience.

  • Indigenous Outreach Officer
  • Social Services Case Aide
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Life Skills Coach
  • Community Service Worker
  • Residential Counselor
  • Social Welfare Officer
  • Religious Outreach Worker

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St. Mary’s University is a dynamic, welcoming teaching and research institution. We offer fully accredited, affordable and rigorous degrees that are recognized the world over. We hope that your adventure will be an amazing one, and that you will remain connected to St. Mary’s for a lifetime.

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