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What Can I Do with a Specialization in Transformative Social Change?

Each Specialization has goals and related student learning outcomes that are reflected in the program curriculum, offerings, and requirements. All programs include student development of competencies in the area of research and scholarship. In addition to a plan for meeting the goals and objectives of their degree program, students will develop specific plans for meeting their individual goals in Transformative Social Change at their initial Residential Orientation and in subsequent work with faculty mentors. These are reviewed and revised periodically throughout the M.A. and Ph.D. program.

Career Outcomes

Program graduates will be prepared for leadership work in a wide range of governmental, nonprofit-NGO, public policy research, social advocacy, and educational settings. The Transformative Social Change Specialization will appeal to:

• leaders and activists in governmental and non-governmental social action and community service organizations and networks
• teachers in traditional and non-traditional higher education institutions who want the opportunity to deepen and develop their work in a vibrant collegial setting
• newer activists who want to develop their social entrepreneurship, community organizing, and activist skills and credentials.

In addition to organizational and activist work, some graduates teach at the college or university level in a variety of disciplines. Students completing Saybrook work in this area have found a broad range of professional opportunities for their training, including:

• designing a student retention program for Native American students
• working with the California Attorney General’s office on domestic violence policy
• developing a new model for the emancipation of foster care youth
• evaluating community programs for at-risk youth
• establishing a program for maintaining economic viability for Tibetan refugees in Nepalese camps
• working with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and NATO peacekeepers in Kosovo
• developing corporate-community partnerships to further environmental education
• creating a community-based model for school improvement
• domestic and youth violence prevention and intervention
• diversity training programs