Degree Program - Social Justice & Catholic Studies

Degree Program - Social Justice & Catholic Studies

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 and Catholic Studies degree is a unique interdisciplinary program that encourages reflection on the creation of a just society along with 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 the history, philosophy and religious ideas in the Catholic tradition alongside critical political, social and ethical issues facing society and the environment.

Students will choose an emphasis on 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!

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Skills You'll Gain

Graduates from the Degree Program Social Justice & Catholic Studies program will develop strong skills in the following aspects:


Learn to reason logically, synthesize ideas, understand connections between various subjects and formulate questions relevant to clarifying a particular problem, topic, or issue.

Community partnership

Work with diverse community organizations with frontline work, build your administrative capacities, engage in advocacy work and liaise with multiple stakeholders.

Holistic outlook

Build an intellectual framework within the breadth and depth of the Catholic Intellectual Tradition to allow for diversity of thought whilst integrating a holistic approach to the whole person.

Entrepreneurial framework

Discover innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to real-world issues with practical experience to think creatively.

Research & editing

Utilize data-driven research and historical, conceptual research.

Career Pathways

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 you 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.

Beside is a sample of jobs that find this degree valuable. Note that this is not an exhaustive list and some occupations require further education and experience.

Indigenous Outreach Officer

Social Services Case Aide

Community Service Worker

Residential Counselor

Social Welfare Officer

Religious Outreach Worker

Child and Youth WorkerLife Skills Coach

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