BACHELOR OF ARTS IN
SOCIAL JUSTICE & GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT
The Bachelor of Arts in Social Justice & Global Development program focuses on critical examination of the complex issues that affect individuals and communities around the world. This degree program aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding necessary to actively engage with and advocate for issues of social justice and sustainable global development.
The curriculum covers a range of topics including human rights, poverty and inequality, global development, environmental sustainability, and conflict resolution. Students will engage in coursework that combines theories and practical applications in areas such as economics, sociology, political science, and international relations.
In addition to coursework, students may also have opportunities to participate in service-learning projects, such as Live-Love service days, refugee hospitality, and serve the world month at the Grove Church. The program also emphasizes critical thinking, ethical leadership, and effective communication skills, preparing graduates for careers in non-profits, government, advocacy, and international development organizations.
JUS100 – Theology of Compassion & Justice - 3 credits Theology of Compassion & Justice is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of compassion and justice. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for compassion and justice and the importance of these values for Christian faith and practice. Students will examine the biblical teachings on compassion and justice, including the role of the Church in addressing social issues and promoting the common good. The course will also explore the relationship between compassion and justice and will examine the ways in which these values are expressed GLD100 – Global Community Development - 3 credits Global Community Development is a course that explores the social, economic, and political factors that impact communities globally. The course covers topics such as community development theories, globalization and its impact on communities, cultural diversity, social justice, and sustainable development. Students will also learn how Christ’s message to the world was based on global development and justice. CHM100 – Neighbors & Nations - 3 credits Neighbors & Nations is a course that explores the biblical and theological foundations of missions and global engagement. This course will help students understand the biblical basis for the Church's involvement in God's mission in the world, including both local and global dimensions. Students will examine the biblical teachings on God's mission, including the mandate to make disciples of all nations, to care for the poor and marginalized, and to work for justice and peace. The course will also explore the history of Christian missions and will examine contemporary issues related to global engagement, such as cross-cultural communication, poverty, and human rights. JUS200 – Justice & Race - 3 credits Justice & Race is a course that explores the intersections of justice and race in contemporary society. This course will help students understand the historical and cultural context of race and the ways in which systemic racism affects individuals and communities. Students will examine the biblical and theological foundations of justice and will explore the ways in which these values can inform and guide efforts to address racial injustice. The course will also examine the history of race and racism in the United States, including the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the Civil Rights Movement. GLD200 – International Disaster Relief & Compassion Projects - 3 credits International Disaster Relief & Compassion Projects is a course that will help students understand the importance of responding to the needs of those affected by disasters and other humanitarian crises, both locally and globally. Students will examine the biblical teachings on compassion and justice and will explore the ways in which these values can inform and guide efforts to address the needs of those affected by disasters and humanitarian crises. The course will also examine various disaster relief and compassion projects, both historical and contemporary, and will explore the various ways in which individuals and communities can participate in such efforts. GLD210 – Cross Cultural Communication & Anthropology - 3 credits Cross Cultural Communication & Anthropology is a course that explores the challenges and opportunities that arise when people from different cultural backgrounds interact with each other in a business setting. Students will learn about cultural differences in communication styles, values, beliefs, norms, and behaviors, and how they impact cross-cultural interactions. The course will draw upon theories and concepts from anthropology, sociology, psychology, and communication studies to help students develop a deeper understanding of cross-cultural communication. Topics covered will include cultural self-awareness, stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination, cultural adaptation, intercultural communication competence, and cross-cultural conflict resolution. JUS210 – Children & Youth in Crisis Children & Youth in Crisis is a course that examines the complex issues faced by children and young people during times of crisis. Topics covered in this course include the impact of trauma, abuse, and neglect on child development, the effects of war, natural disasters, and other forms of violence on children and families, and the interventions that are available to support children and youth in crisis. The course will also address issues of resilience, coping, and recovery, and will examine the role of community-based organizations, government agencies, and other stakeholders in addressing the needs of children and youth in crisis. Students will engage in a range of activities, including readings, lectures, discussions, and case studies, in order to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by children and youth in crisis and the strategies that can be used to support their recovery and well-being. GLD220 – Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology - 3 credits Missiology & Introduction to Missional Theology is study of the centrality of God’s redemptive acts on behalf of people of all nations. The study introduces, enhances, and assists the student in understanding the mission of God as God’s grand plan to reach the nations of the world through the church. The ultimate purpose of the course is to help the students come to an understanding of God’s invitation to join him in reaching the unreached people of the world. Students will engage in critical analysis of current missional practices and will be introduced to various models of mission, including evangelism, social justice, and community development.
GLD300 – Global Health - 3 credits Global Health provides a comprehensive overview of the complex and interconnected factors that impact health and well-being on a global scale. This course covers a wide range of topics, including the determinants of health, global health issues and trends, and the impact of economic, social, cultural, and environmental factors on health outcomes. The course will also consider the ethical, legal, and political dimensions of global health, including issues related to access to health care, human rights, and the allocation of resources. JUS300 – Prison Reform & Equal Justice Initiatives - 3 credits Prison Reform & Equal Justice Initiatives examines the current state of the criminal justice system and focuses on the efforts to reform and improve it. Students will study the history and evolution of the prison system, including its disproportionate impact on marginalized communities, and the need for equal justice initiatives. Topics covered include the over-reliance on mass incarceration as a solution to crime and its impacts on communities, the role of systemic biases in the criminal justice system, efforts to reduce the prison population and improve prison conditions, and alternatives to traditional incarceration such as rehabilitation and restorative justice. GLD310 – Social Entrepreneurship - 3 credits Social Entrepreneurship is a course that explores the intersection of business and social impact. Students will learn about the concepts and practices of social entrepreneurship, including the creation and management of socially responsible and sustainable businesses. Key topics include identifying social problems and opportunities, developing and implementing innovative solutions, securing financing, and scaling social impact. Students will also examine case studies of successful social entrepreneurs and organizations and will have the opportunity to develop their own social venture proposals. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of ethics, accountability, and stakeholder engagement in the pursuit of both financial and social returns. JUS310 – The Poor & Oppressed - 3 credits The Poor & Oppressed explores the experiences of poverty and oppression in different societies and cultures, with a focus on their causes and consequences. Students will study various forms of poverty and oppression, including economic poverty, political oppression, and discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and other factors. Topics covered include the root causes of poverty and oppression, including systemic inequalities and power imbalances, the impact of poverty and oppression on individuals, families, and communities, including physical and psychological health, education, and civic engagement. Students will delve into various efforts aimed at alleviating poverty and oppression, including social welfare programs. They will engage in critical thinking to assess the effectiveness of current programs and to generate innovative solutions for addressing poverty and oppression. JUS400 – Ending Human Trafficking - 3 credits Ending Human Trafficking provides a comprehensive examination of the issue of human trafficking, including its historical and cultural roots, the scope and impact of the problem, and current efforts to end it. Students will study human trafficking as a violation of human rights and a form of organized crime, affecting millions of people around the world. Topics covered include the different forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and forced migration, as well as the root causes of human trafficking, including poverty, discrimination, and political conflict. GLD400 – Sustainability & Eco-Theology - 3 credits Sustainability & Eco-Theology is a course that explores the intersection of business, environment, and spirituality. Students will learn about the concepts of sustainability and the principles of environmental stewardship, and how they relate to business practices and decision-making. Key topics include sustainable business strategies, corporate social responsibility, green marketing, and the role of religion and spirituality in shaping attitudes and behaviors towards the environment. Students will also examine the ethical and moral dimensions of environmental issues, and how we as Christians have a biblical obligation to care for our environment. GLD410 – Crisis Psychology & Trauma Counseling - 3 credits Crisis Psychology & Trauma Counseling provides an overview of the psychological impact of crisis and trauma, and the role of counseling and therapy in promoting healing and recovery. Students will study the physiological, emotional, and psychological responses to crisis and trauma, as well as evidence-based interventions for promoting resilience and well-being. Topics covered include. the nature and causes of crisis and trauma, including natural disasters, interpersonal violence, and other traumatic events. The impact of crisis and trauma on individuals, families, and communities, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and anxiety, and how the role of social support, self-care, and other coping strategies are used to promote healing and recovery. JUS410 – Refugee & Immigrant Advocacy - 3 credits Refugee & Immigrant Advocacy provides an in-depth examination of the experiences of refugees and immigrants and the role of advocacy in promoting their rights and well-being. Students will study the historical and political context of migration, including the reasons for displacement, the challenges of resettlement, and the impact of immigration policies and laws. Topics covered include the root causes of displacement and migration, including conflict, persecution, and economic insecurity. Students will learn about the experiences of refugees and immigrants, including the challenges of resettlement, discrimination, and access to services, as well as the impact of immigration policies and laws, including border control, asylum, and deportation. Students will also be challenged to consider the ethical and cultural considerations in working with refugees and immigrants, and how community-based programs can help promote education, mentorship, and health services to incoming refugees.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PSY100 – Psychology of Personal Development - 3 credits Psychology of Personal Development is a course that explores the psychological principles and theories that underlie personal growth and development. Students will learn about the key factors such as living a healthy and effective lifestyle, human behavior, and how to integrate faith into Psychology. Key topics will include self-awareness, listening, goal setting, and interpersonal communication. Students will also examine the ways in which individual differences and cultural factors influence personal development and will have the opportunity to reflect on their own life experiences and growth. PHL100 – Introduction to Philosophy - 3 credits Introduction to Philosophy is a course that provides students with an overview of the major branches and themes of philosophy. The nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, religious philosophy, and the nature of human existence will all be topics covered by students as they examine both traditional and modern philosophers' perspectives. Students will get the chance to participate in philosophical debates, examine and assess arguments, and hone their own critical thinking abilities. The course will provide a historical perspective on the development of philosophy and will encourage students to think deeply about fundamental questions and to reflect on their own beliefs and values. WRI100 – College Composition - 3 credits College Composition is a foundational course that prepares students to write clear, effective, and well-organized essays in a variety of academic and professional contexts. This course will introduce students to the writing process, from prewriting and drafting to revision and editing. Students will learn to write effective thesis statements, develop arguments, and use evidence to support their ideas. The course will also focus on the use of MLA & APA writing styles and how to cite sources. Students will have the opportunity to practice their writing skills through a variety of assignments, including in-class writing, essays, and research papers. WRI110 – Creative Writing - 3 credits Creative Writing is a course designed for students who are interested in exploring their own voice and imagination through writing. This course will introduce students to the various elements of creative writing, including fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn about the craft of writing, including characterization, point of view, setting, dialogue, and other elements of style. The course will also emphasize the importance of revision, both in workshop settings and in independent work. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to read widely, to experiment with different forms and styles, and to develop their own unique voice as writers. ENG200 – World Literature - 3 credits World Literature is a course that introduces students to the rich and diverse canon of literature from across the globe. Students will read and analyze works from a variety of cultures, including European, African, Asian, and Latin American, and from a range of historical periods, from ancient Greece to contemporary times. The course will focus on the development of literary genres, including epic poetry, drama, the novel, and short fiction, and will examine the cultural, historical, and social contexts in which these works were written. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in critical analysis of the texts, examining themes, symbols, and techniques used by the authors. Discussions, written assignments, and group projects will allow students to explore the connections between literature and the world around us. COM100 – Introduction to Communications - 3 credits Introduction to Communications is a foundational course that explores the theories, principles, and practices of human communication in various contexts. Students will learn about the various modes of communication, including interpersonal, small group, public, and mass communication. By examining the factors that influence communication, such as culture, identity, power, and technology, students will also learn how to build community with others and help answer spiritual needs. The course will cover the basics of communication theory, including models of communication, perception, and nonverbal behavior, and will also introduce students to the skills necessary for effective communication, such as listening, presenting, and negotiating. MTH100 – College Algebra - 3 credits College Algebra is a course designed to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of algebra. The course covers topics such as linear equations and inequalities, quadratic functions and their graphs, radical and rational expressions, and introduction to matrices. Students will learn how to use algebraic techniques to model and solve real-world problems. PED100 – Health & Wellness - 2 credits Health & Wellness teaches and explores the influence of physical activity and dietary choices on a person’s mental, psychical, and emotional well-being. This course covers topics such as anatomy and physiology, nutrition, stress management, physical activity, and health promotion. This course is designed to provide foundational knowledge about athletic training, topics include running, cycling, stretching, and strength training. Students will not only learn about the benefits of living a healthy life, but they will also be required to complete aerobic workouts on their own time. HIS100 – World Civilization - 3 credits World Civilization is a survey course that examines the history, culture, and political systems of major civilizations from ancient times to the present day. The course covers topics such as the rise and fall of empires, the development of religions, the influence of colonialism and imperialism, and the impact of revolution and modernization. HIS110 – History of Christianity - 3 credits History of Christianity is a course that examines the development and evolution of Christianity from its origins to the present day. The course covers topics such as the life and teachings of Jesus, the spread of Christianity in the Roman Empire, the emergence of different Christian denominations, the Reformation, and the impact of Christianity on modern society. The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the key events, people, and movements that have shaped the history of Christianity, and to foster a deeper appreciation for the religious and cultural diversity of the Christian tradition. ART100 – Introduction to Art - 3 credits Introduction to Art introduces the understanding, history, and enjoyment of art through the study of painting, sculpture, design, photography, and the decorative arts. Students gain an awareness of meaning, functions, and significance of art, while learning an art-related vocabulary and a set of analytical tools for discussing and understanding art from around the world. Students will spend time in the classroom as well as engaging in hands-on learning in our art studio. MUH100 – Introduction to Music - 3 credits Introduction to Music is a course that explores the fundamentals of music history, theory, styles, the music business, and music in film and media. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to listen to a variety of musical styles and genres, including classical, jazz, rock, and pop. Students will also learn about the evolution of music genres and styles throughout the world and its subsequent impact on culture and society, and how this impact can lead to social justice movements. SPA101 – Spanish I - 4 credits Spanish I is an introductory course designed to develop basic communicative skills in the Spanish language. The course focuses on the four key language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing, and aims to develop a solid foundation in grammar and vocabulary. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, greetings, introductions, basic conversation, simple verb conjugation, common expressions and common verb tenses such as the present, preterite and the future tense. Additionally, students will learn about Spanish-speaking cultures, customs and traditions. Emphasis is placed on practical usage and everyday scenarios to encourage interaction and build confidence in using the language. SPA102 – Spanish II - 4 credits Spanish II is a continuation of Spanish I, designed to build upon the foundation of the language skills developed in the previous course. This course is designed to help students achieve a more advanced level of proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing in Spanish. In Spanish II, students will continue to expand their vocabulary and grammar knowledge, with a focus on more complex sentence structures and verb tenses, including the present perfect, imperfect, conditional and subjunctive. Students will also continue to develop their listening and speaking skills through class discussions, debates, and oral presentations, as well as reading and writing skills through comprehension activities and composition exercises. BIB100 – Old Testament Survey - 3 credits Old Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the Hebrew Bible, also known as the Old Testament. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the Old Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. Students will learn about the historical context and cultural background of the Old Testament, as well as God’s covenants, and the role of the successive divine covenants with Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David. BIB110 – New Testament Survey - 3 credits New Testament Survey is an introductory course to the study of the New Testament, which is the second part of the Christian Bible. This course provides an overview of the literary, historical, and theological content of the New Testament, including its books, themes, and major figures. The course will explore the overarching themes and messages of the New Testament, including the life and work of Jesus Christ, the nature of the Church, and the role of the Holy Spirit. Students will also study key figures such as Paul, Peter, and John, and will examine their teachings and impact on the New Testament and the early Christian Church. SPF100 – Spiritual Formation & Soul Care - 3 credits Spiritual Formation & Soul Care is a course designed to help students cultivate a deeper understanding of the spiritual life and develop habits for spiritual growth and well-being. This course will explore the biblical foundations of spiritual formation and provide practical tools for students to care for their soul and nurture their relationship with God Students will learn about various spiritual disciplines, such as prayer, worship, fasting, and Bible study, and will be encouraged to practice these habits in their own lives. The course will also examine the role of community in spiritual formation, including the importance of relationships, accountability, and support.
Total Lower and Upper Division Credits: 45 Credits
(Students are required to 7 of the 8 lower division courses and all upper division courses)
Total General Education Requirements: 52 Credits
Total Electives: 23 Credits
(Any college level courses will fulfill elective requirements)
Total Credits for Social Justice & Global Development: 120 Credits