Arizona State University
Senate Motion #2012-05
Motion Introduced by: Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee, Arnold Maltz, Chair
Date of First Reading: August 29, 2011
Date of Second Reading: September 26, 2011
Title of Motion: Request from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – School of Social Transformation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Social Transformation
Action Requested: The Curriculum and Academic Programs Committee recommends University Senate approval of a proposal submitted by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences – School of Social Transformation – for the establishment of a graduate certificate in Social Transformation
Rationale: The certificate program will prepare students to think critically and analytically about the social, cultural and political dimensions of social innovation and social change, particularly within Arizona’s multicultural environment. Students will also be prepared to communicate innovative new approaches to the social, cultural and political dimensions of social transformation and their implications for social justice. Finally, the certificate program will prepare students to participate in movements for social change by familiarizing them with the roles of organizations working for social change, including nonprofit and government organizations. Graduates of the proposed certificate program will be prepared to contribute as leaders and change makers in their communities.
This certificate is distinguished from the undergraduate certificate in Social Transformation by its focus on theory and research to prepare students for professional and academic careers. The graduate certificate provides a valuable professional credential that will make graduate students more competitive for awards, fellowships and in the marketplace.