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Social Justice & Entrepreneurship (Graduate Certificate)

The graduate certificate in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship focuses on students cultivating tools that are essential to launching and sustaining successful activist, community organizing, non-profit, social entrepreneurial, and social justice-based programs/initiatives. These tools include action plan development and implementation, fundraising and grant writing, social media and on-the-ground mobilization and engagement, community-driven problem solving, attracting and engaging media and stakeholders, organizational communication strategies and developing sustainable and responsive programs by identifying and assessing opportunities and resources. These skills are paired with critical tools drawn from studying the history, ethics and principles of social justice activities.  

Social Justice & Entrepreneurship (Graduate Certificate)


Description


What is Social Justice & Entrepreneurship at ODU like?

The graduate certificate in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship focuses on students cultivating tools that are essential to launching and sustaining successful activist, community organizing, non-profit, social entrepreneurial, and social justice-based programs/initiatives. These tools include action plan development and implementation, fundraising and grant writing, social media and on-the-ground mobilization and engagement, community-driven problem solving, attracting and engaging media and stakeholders, organizational communication strategies and developing sustainable and responsive programs by identifying and assessing opportunities and resources. These skills are paired with critical tools drawn from studying the history, ethics and principles of social justice activities.  

Program Highlights


What makes Social Justice & Entrepreneurship at ODU unique?

  • The program focuses on generating entrepreneurial solutions that solve seemingly intractable problems of social justice. In particular, students are encouraged to address problems of community equity as they address numerous issues ranging from arts to housing and in between.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Social and Community Service Managers

$70,530

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.

Training and Development Specialists

$64,700

MEDIAN SALARY


Design and conduct training and development programs to improve individual and organizational performance. May analyze training needs.

Craft Artists

$41,180

MEDIAN SALARY


Create or reproduce hand-made objects for sale and exhibition using a variety of techniques, such as welding, weaving, pottery, and needlecraft.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers

$48,430

MEDIAN SALARY


Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.

Courses


What are some courses offered in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship at ODU?

HUM 510:
Social Justice Theory and Practice


This course is designed to equip students with tools and perspectives to be effective and knowledgeable leaders and participants in organizing communities around issues and challenges related to social justice. Course readings will be used to ground, inform, and challenge students as they explore the complex and exciting dynamics of social justice work. Students are also expected to engage in the practical work or critique and evaluation of an organizing campaign with which they are already involved or interested.

PADM 713:
Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations


This course introduces students to fundraising principles of nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on different types of philanthropy, fundraising theories and practices, and motivations of givers. They will develop skills in creative problem solving for fundraising practice while learning to analyze and evaluate the fundraising process and methods. Additionally, students will develop the ability to synthesize and integrate current information and emerging ideas into a fundraising strategy and to think critically and analytically about a variety of fundraising perspectives.

COMM 591:
Communication and Activism


This course will delve into activism and social change from a local and global perspective in order to enhance students' perspectives of social change as it manifests via popular media and community action.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Social Justice & Entrepreneurship at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program in Social Justice & Entrepreneurship should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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PROFESSOR & INTERIM CHAIR


Name:

Tim Anderson


Location:

3042 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS, NORFOLK, VA, 23508



Office:

757-683-3719


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Office Manager


Name:

Theresa Hughes


Location:

3041 BATTEN ARTS & LETTERS BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-3823


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Additional Programs


Are there other programs at ODU I may be interested in?

With over 120 undergraduate programs, 130 graduate programs at the master'seducation specialist and doctoral levels plus a wealth of certificate and professional development programs, Old Dominion University has the program for you. Visit our academic program listing page to see other programs ODU has to offer.

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