Academics at Prescott College
Social Justice & Community Organizing
Resident Master of Arts Program
The Social Justice & Community Organizing (SJCO) curriculum combines a unique focus on critical race theory, anti-colonial theory, feminist and queer theory, critical political economy, and third world liberation theory with profound emphasis on developing, organizing, and mobilization as powerful tools for understanding the complex relations of history, politics, power and political/cultural/gendered oppression. Community Organizing skills, together with a strong theoretical basis, prepare students for applying their skill set within different organizing settings and working in collaboration with directly affected communities.
Students will spend their first semester in the field; the class will begin with a month-long, intensive orientation in Los Angeles. This type of hands-on field experience prepares each entering cohort to get the most out of our theory and practice-based pedagogical approach. Through scholarly study, each cohort engages with major questions and debates in the interdisciplinary and applied study of urbanization and globalization; builds an intentional learning community; and explores themes of justice, home, and community in diverse contexts of social justice organizing and activism.
During the January winter block, students travel to the U.S.-Mexico borderlands for 3 weeks to explore the social and environmental impacts and social justice organizing possibilities created by globalization in the transnational border region. During this intensive field course, students are immersed in many of the issues that make Arizona a microcosm of the global crises of the twenty-first century
The fall and spring semesters will be spent in Prescott in a core curriculum providing historical and theoretical context for social justice and community organizing work. Students will, through the choice of an elective course, identify the focus of their individual work: such as human rights research; strategic media and communications; or community organizing. Students begin to identify the specific skills they will focus on developing, that will lead to their thesis and final project.
During the final semester, students will culminate their work in a final M.A. Participatory Social Justice Research Project. There are three options offered: a Research Paper/Thesis, an Organization/Campaign Project Report, or a Media and Communications Proposal and Product. All of these research-based options are considered to be of equal merit and value. Students will choose the option that is most appropriate for their research interests and future plan for professional work.
Prescott College offers a limited number of scholarships to alumni of the City Year program who pursue the Masters in Social Justice and Human Rights. Click here for the details.
Life & Career OutcomesLife & Career Outcomes
- Labor and Community Organizer
- Non-Profit Manager
- Social Justice Activist
Signature CoursesSignature Courses
Academic ResourcesAcademic Resources
Prescott College Library
The Prescott College Library supports the curriculum with a variety of print and electronic resources. Our library catalog reflects not only our collection but that of more than 30 other libraries in Yavapai county. A system-wide library card allows borrowers to request books from any library in the county. Online resources include millions of full-text articles available through our article databases, and over 130,000 e-books available through ebrary.More Information