Program Overview

DEGREE TYPE
Master of Arts (M.A.)
DEPARTMENT
Graduate Studies
Director of the Master of Arts in Advocacy and Equity Studies (MAAES)
Shaniece Criss

WHAT IS AN M.A. IN ADVOCACY AND EQUITY STUDIES?

The Master of Arts in Advocacy and Equity Studies is a program designed for problem-solvers and community leaders: those who see issues in society and want to make a change. A graduate with this degree will have a thorough view of social justice issues, developing the critical lens and conceptual skills necessary to recognize societal inequities and analyze systems of power. Graduates will also develop a grounding in the practical skills needed to be effective agents of change in a community or organization.

WHY PURSUE AN M.A. IN ADVOCACY AND EQUITY STUDIES AT FURMAN?

As a private liberal arts and sciences university, Furman provides an exceptional environment for multidisciplinary studies, allowing students to find connections between multiple areas of interest. The Master of Arts in advocacy and equity studies incorporates several different academic disciplines. Small class sizes give students greater access to professors who are among the best in their fields. Visit our campus or request information to learn more. 

How will you learn?

Students will complete 36 hours of coursework, including courses in framing social justice, community-engaged research, public narratives, grant writing and resource development and community organizing. Learn community-engaged research methods and develop skills in dialogue, advocacy, grant applications and decision-making. Choose from elective seminars on topics such as deliberation across difference, social determinants of health and equity, reconstructing Southern rhetoric, nonprofit administration and activism, and social media and social justice. Apply what you’ve learned and gain practical experience with a community placement practicum.  

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  • 94%
    – Percentage of full-time faculty with highest degree in field
  • 9:1
    – Student to faculty ratio
  • #6
    – National Liberal Arts College in the Southeast (U.S. News and World Report)

Our faculty

Shaniece Criss

Associate Professor of Health Sciences; Director of the Master of Arts in Advocacy and Equity Studies (MAAES)

Kylie Fisher

Assistant Professor of Art History

Brandon Inabinet

Professor, Communication Studies

Lisa Knight

Professor, Religion, Asian Studies, and Anthropology; Chair of Asian Studies

Paul Thomas

Professor, Education; English and Secondary Education
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