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Social Justice & Civic Engagement

LVC’s Social Justice & Civic Engagement degree will help you cultivate the knowledge, experience, and skills to identify and address the causes of inequity and suffering in a globalized world. You'll complete projects based on your community service and outreach interests.

Working with faculty from many departments, you’ll gain a multi-layered perspective on inequity; a nuanced and inclusive understanding of the call for justice; and an ethically responsible and creative approach to social change.

Need-based departmental scholarships are available.

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This comprehensive social justice program provides a firm foundation in ethics, the history of social movements, and political philosophy. You’ll deepen your understanding of cultural criticism and the mechanisms of social change and have plenty of opportunities to develop career skills. Hands-on projects have focused on mental health awareness, animal rescue, housing, clothing, and domestic violence.

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Build on Your Education

Complementary Majors

Tailor your social justice degree to your interests and career goals by pursuing a related program, like criminal justice, global studies, or political science.

Graduate Study

LVC offers graduate programs and certificates that align perfectly with Social Justice & Civic Engagement, including our Master of Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling, MBA, or MBA certificates in Leadership & Ethics and Healthcare Management.

Social Justice Institute

Put your passion into action through our annual Social Justice Institute. You’ll get to serve people in major cities, like Manhattan, while cultivating your leadership aptitude and exploring how oppression impacts equality.

5.5%
projected job growth 2022–23
$72,196
median U.S. salary
$250 billion
Social Assistance Real Growth Output
$76,263
average wages in Pennsylvania

In Their Words

The LVC Social Justice & Civic Engagement faculty are unlike any other. They are some of the most brilliant individuals. They help you to think critically about the world around you, yourself, and your thoughts. They go above and beyond to support their students, and their compassion, kindness, and enthusiasm cannot be overstated.
Ariana Genna ’23, Regional Coordinator, Office of Environmental Justice, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
I enjoy the social justice major because of the personalized exploration that it provides. Not only do I get to apply my own passions to all my classes, projects, and service opportunities, but it also encourages me to take classes on topics that I never would have considered on my own but have found that I really enjoy!
Gillian Wenhold ’24, Social Justice & Civic Engagement and English major

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