Students graduating from this program will:
- Understand theoretical approaches to poverty and justice, drawing from the capabilities framework, economics, history, sociology, philosophy, and other fields. Students will have in-depth knowledge about approaches to enhancing human flourishing and will understand the social, institutional, and political contexts that underlie deprivations and inequities.
- Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the multiple influences on well-being beyond income and material wealth, including gender, racial, and ethnic disparities and the impact of colonialism on the Global South. Students will be able to provide examples from different geographical regions and not exclusively from one country or region and be able to apply the capabilities approach when evaluating these disparities.
- Gain experiential knowledge of the challenges faced in disadvantaged communities through direct service.
- Achieve an interdisciplinary knowledge of approaches to enhancing human well-being and mitigating human deprivations. Students will be able to apply this knowledge in evaluating potential policy solutions.
- Demonstrate the oral, written, and visual communication skills essential for sophisticated and successful advocacy.
- Become a global citizen by understanding the role that advocacy and service play in addressing poverty, strengthening justice, and improving well-being.