The Department of Social Transformation (comprised of the Criminal Justice, Global Studies and Service, Political Science, Sociology, Theological and Cultural Anthropology) seeks to cultivate informed change agents to transform communities, local and global.  Our students will pursue a distinctly Christian, interdisciplinary, and rigorous education emphasizing social justice through the development of critical thinking, research, and analytical skills.  These skills will equip them to take up vocations related to social activism, political transformation, community restoration, and the continued pursuit and application of knowledge in our respective fields.

Incorporating both graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as the Campolo Institute for Applied Research in Social Justice, the Department of Social Transformation seeks to develop students who are passionate about social change, restorative justice and moving Christian communities to be agents of reconciliation in a conflicted and divided world. Our faculty are scholar-practitioners seeking to apply in the world at large the concepts and theories examined in class.

“Eastern prepared me to be a better Global Diversity & Culture Manager by fostering a safe and brave space that is open to other perspectives, biblically and culturally. I can now educate, help shape polices, understand behavior and thinking patterns, analyze racial and gender pay gaps, and most importantly ask "why?" When we understand the "why," we are better prepared to serve and support people.”

Anna Burroughs MA '21
Manager, Global Diversity & Culture, Harvard Business Publishing