Niagara University is offering a new focus area for students in its MA-Interdisciplinary Studies program—Social Justice. The 33-credit-hour program, available in both an in-class and a fully online format, enables students to study social justice through its historical, political, religious, economic, and philosophical dimensions.

Students in this program will be able to approach current issues in social justice, including racism, women’s equality, economic inequalities, and diversity in the classroom, from a variety of disciplinary and academic perspectives. Students design their own curriculum by choosing courses that meet their specific interests from those offered in Niagara University’s established graduate programs in the colleges of Education, Business Administration, Hospitality and Tourism, and Arts and Sciences, as well as the diverse offerings of other departments across the university. The required two-semester capstone research project may be completed by conducting their own social justice project, or by working with the university’s Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality & Mission to lead a project addressing a social justice issue in the larger community.

“Challenges in social justice and equality are all around us,” said Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, MAIS program director. “There are systemic cultural and economic disparities that are deeply rooted in historical, political, and economic practices. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of current issues of social justice with all its dimensions requires an interdisciplinary and analytical study of these issues. Niagara University’s MAIS-Social Justice is an excellent opportunity to engage all that NU offers toward a graduate degree focused on social justice.”

For more information on the MA-Interdisciplinary Studies program and its social justice focus, please contact Dr. Mustafa Gokcek at