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SAAJ: Social Action and Justice Colloquium

Social Action and Justice at Pepperdine

What is Social Action and Justice (SAAJ)?

The Social Action and Justice (SAAJ) Program is a four-course, interdisciplinary program focused on issues of social justice such as human rights, wealth and poverty, the interplay of religion and culture, and the role of media in shaping social movements.  The program includes historical, theoretical and practical perspectives on social issues, providing knowledge and opportunities for social action to students interested in a variety of vocations.  The program encourages students to reflect on how their choices of world view and vocation will affect their lives and society in the twenty-first century.

What does SAAJ entail?

In each of the first three semesters, students and faculty members engage in service-learning activities appropriate to the issues they are studying, providing opportunities for students to be in the community exploring possible vocational choices.  The first two courses in the program are small seminars composed of 18 students and a faculty member.  Based on student interests and with faculty guidance, each class will read, discuss, research, and write about primary texts related to social justice issues.

What General Education requirements does SAAJ fulfill?

Students who complete the four-semester SAAJ sequence will receive credit for the following general education requirements: first-year seminar, ENG 101, literature, and REL 301.

Semesters at a Glance

SAAJ in Action

Student Testimonials

Academic Catalog


Seaver Great Books Faculty


Program Learning Outcomes

Pre-Professional Enrichment

Humanities students considering a variety of careers and fields will find that a degree in liberal arts and the humanities will lay an academic foundation for students.

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Western Culture Series

In addition to traditional courses, the Humanities and Teacher Education Division provides integrated courses in Western culture. These courses help the student understand a particular era through studying the social, political, religious, literary, and cultural experiences which shaped it, while also providing a broad perspective of the course of the Western world since Ancient times.

Divisional Scholarship

The Humanities and Teacher Education Division has a small scholarship fund for students.

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Division Programs

Our Division offers and supports a variety of programs including Great Books Colloquium, Social Action and Justice Colloquium, and more.

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Academic Catalog

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Humanities and Teacher Education Division

Contact Our Division

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Humanities & Teacher Education
Pepperdine University
24255 Pacific Coast Hwy
Malibu, CA 90263-4225
P:(310) 506-4225 | F: (310) 506-7307

Division Office Location: CAC 300

Michael G. Ditmore
Divisional Dean & Professor of English

Geneva Moore
Office Manager

Terence Anderson
Technology Liaison

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