Intensive spiritual formation, immersive learning, and theological reflection to develop leadership and critical skills for creating social change
Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC)
The Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC) is an accredited graduate certificate program designed to offer specialized training for the work of social change-making.
CSSC curriculum focuses on leadership skills for ethical decision-making, design thinking or social change, spiritual formation and theological reflection and community organizing and activism. At PSR, we believe effective efforts for social change rely on ongoing personal transformation, rooted in spiritual formation.
The CSSC program is designed to be a one-year full-time course of study, though students have up to three years to complete the certificate.
On campus or distance learning options available.
Professionals already engaged in the work of social change and those looking to embark on a vocational path of social change.
- Participate in and demonstrate an understanding of various spiritual formation practices especially as such practices inform and sustain the work of social transformation.
- Articulate the significance of personal transformation for the work of social change-making including recognizing and addressing one’s own collusion with institutional systems of oppressive power.
- Engage in cultural and political analysis both theologically and ethically, especially for insights into structural inequality, systemic injustice, and institutionalized oppressions.
- Recruit and prepare faith communities to engage in collaborative partnerships with programs and organizations devoted to systemic social change for the common good.
- Evaluate and appropriate diverse strategies for change-making drawn from the worlds of social innovation, non-profit organizations, and grass-roots community organizing, and identify the active and/or potential role of spiritual practice/formation in those strategies.
- Develop skills for transformative leadership suitable for building coalitions committed to the work of social and economic justice by attending carefully to the issues involving professional boundaries, institutional power, and social ethics.
The CSSC prepares students for work in social justice advocacy, community organizing, the visual and performing arts, congregational leadership and related fields.
- Complete an application for Admission – for directions refer to our ‘How to Apply’ page
- Submit transcripts from an accredited bachelor’s degree with a 3.0 GPA
- Provide three references (academic, professional and spiritual)
Prospective students who do not meet these requirements may be considered for provisional admission, provided they meet the following requirements:
- Applicants who hold an accredited bachelor’s degree without a 3.0 GPA should offer a GPA explanation on their application and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants who do not have an accredited bachelor’s degree must demonstrate that they have equivalent education and are adequately prepared for graduate study. This can be shown through references, other educational experiences, and a strong personal statement.
Students who are admitted provisionally will be limited to 9 units during their first semester. After the completion of 9 units with a 3.0 GPA, their status will move from provisional to full student status.
All applications are reviewed by a faculty committee.
For further program details, refer to the academic catalog
The courses below represent a typical progression for this program. If you have questions or need more information, please contact email@example.com