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Faith & Social Justice


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Cory Bishop
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While Jesus walked the earth, he went out of his way to help the poor, the sick and the needy, and he was friends with lepers, tax collectors, prostitutes and many other of society’s outcasts. Today, Jesus continues to call us to care and speak up for the less fortunate. But when injustices exist in seemingly every corner of the globe, how do you effectively answer God’s call to love your neighbor?

Whether you want to be an advocate for change or serve as boots on the ground, the Faith & Social Justice major in the College of Theology & Christian Ministry offers practical preparation for making an impact in a wide variety of fields within the context of a Christian liberal arts education.

The Faith & Social Justice major offers the choice of three tracks:

Advocacy and Activism prepares students who want to be a voice of change, leading organizations that champion social justice issues, such as homelessness, discrimination and poverty. Policy and Development caters to students who want to serve disadvantaged communities, doing hands-on work to meet the needs of the less fortunate. The Missions and Ministry appeals to students interested in mission work. From South Dakota to South Africa, graduates of this program spread their faith while working to right the world’s wrongs.

No matter which track you choose, you’ll spend nearly a third of your major gaining practical experience in your field. A three-hour internship paves the way for a six-hour externship, which has taken students to serve and learn in locations around the world.

Belmont students, regardless of major, complete the university’s general education BELL Core—taking classes in humanities, social sciences, arts, quantitative reasoning and wellness that together provide a classic liberal arts education. All students in the College of Theology & Christian Ministry also take the same core classes in theology, church history, Christian ethics, spiritual formation and Christian life.