The Catholic Social Justice Studies Program imparts a holistic understanding of social justice through the lens of Catholic social teaching by integrating the fields of political science, economics, environmental studies, psychology, communications, international studies, theology and philosophy. The Social Justice Studies minor prepares students for graduate study or careers in the areas of community organizing, social work, nonprofit management, public administration or social justice ministerial work in faith-based settings.

As integral participants in the UST Rev. William J. Young Social Justice Institute lectures, workshops and research initiatives, students study issues with local to global impact. Applied knowledge and practical experience from internships at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Catholic Charities of Galveston-Houston, the Houston Catholic Worker House (Casa Juan Diego) and other organizations help students:

  • Understand the normative frameworks that foster just relationships in family, community, national and transnational networks
  • Develop and apply ethical decision making to specific professional and policy areas
  • Connect the key principle of an individual’s dignity to specific human and civil rights
  • Bring about justice as participants in political, cultural, social and economic arenas, according to the Catholic notion of the common good

Social Justice Studies Program graduates are able to engage in social justice activities in an intellectual and practical manner consonant with the vision of Vatican II.

Catholic Social Justice Studies

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