Social Responsibility

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Graduate Catalog: Social Responsibility

  • Admission requirements
  • Program details
  • Course descriptions

Application Deadlines

Department: Human Relations and Multicultural Education

Graduate Director:
Dr. Mumbi Mwangi
Dr. Ajay Panicker

Program Overview

The Department of Human Relations and Multicultural Education provides education in self-awareness and skills essential for living and working in a pluralistic, democratic society. Human relations is a multi/interdisciplinary applied field in the study and practice of social responsibility within western and non-western cultures. The department is committed to addressing the serious questions of survival, equity and quality of life facing people around the world. The curriculum presents the voices and perspectives of groups which have historically been excluded from the western canon. Investigative and critical thinking skills are taught in which mainstream and alternative viewpoints are examined for values and veracity.

Human relations graduate courses examine the impact of power, resources, cultural standards, and institutional policies and practices on various groups in our society and develop active citizenship skills for participatory democracy. Specifically, the department addresses issues of social and environmental justice within a global context related to race, gender, class, age, religion, disability, physical appearance, sexual/affectional orientation, nationality/culture, and species.

Human Relations 1) collaboratively offers an interdisciplinary Master's of Science in Social Responsibility with sociology, and women's studies; 2) provides quality courses that fulfill the human relations requirement for teacher licensure in the state of Minnesota; 3) provides courses, resources, and leadership in meeting the SCSU mission and various accreditation standards on multicultural, gender-fair, disability-aware, GLBT-sensitive education. The graduate courses develop and enhance personal and professional skills in individuals, organizations, and global social responsibility for a wide range of non-profit, public and private sector positions in advocacy, education, communications, health, government, social services, business, and international careers.

This interdisciplinary master's degree in social responsibility addresses a citizen's responsibility to others, to society, and to the environment. It provides a solid academic foundation of the theory and practice of social responsibility, historically and contemporarily, within western and nonwestern cultures. It offers practical skills for involved citizenship at the local, state, national, and global levels within a democratic and culturally diverse context.

Constructive approaches to the pressing issues of equality, resource distribution, work, education, health, safety, survival, and environmental sustainability are explored in a personal, professional and global context. Specifically, the curriculum will provide knowledge and skills on the issues of race, gender, class, disability, age, national origin, sexual orientation, species, labor, global human rights, the environment and other issues of social responsibility. Students will develop skills in critical analysis, investigation, research, writing, and socially responsible citizenship.

As serious issues of cultural diversity and global sustainability become more salient features of every society, a broad foundation of academic inquiry has been developing in many traditional fields as well as emerging disciplines which explores theories, paradigms and methodologies of social responsibility. The study of social responsibility is not founded in any one traditional discipline. Rather it is multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary, spanning every discipline from humanities to social science to education, business, science and technology. This interdisciplinary degree in social responsibility will provide knowledge and skills to persons who wish to respond to these demands. 

Admission Information

  • Admission decisions are made throughout the year as completed application files are received . Students may be admitted for fall, spring and summer terms.
  • When all application materials are received, the completed application file is sent to the graduate program for review by a faculty committee. An academic recommendation is returned to the School of Graduate Studies for final review and an admission decision. Applicants are notified immediately of the admission decision and can start the next academic term if appropriate and feasible to their situation.

Length of Program - Measured by Semesters

  • Part-time student: five to six semesters taking six credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: three semesters taking 12 credits per semester.
  • Full-time student: four semesters taking nine credits per semester.
  • The program has been designed to accommodate both part-time and full-time students.
  • The program can be completed by taking evening courses only.

Graduate Assistantship Overview

  • Three to five graduate assistantship positions are generally sponsored each year, and are available both fall and spring semesters.
  • Social responsibility graduate assistants generally disseminate information about the program, recruit students from underrepresented groups, and provide support for students within the social responsibility program.