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Global Service and Justice Program

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Program Description

The program structure combines rigorous academic preparation, personal experiences and guided reflections that will, in turn, facilitate an evaluation of deeply-rooted assumptions and foster a more comprehensive understanding of global issues. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a GSJP certificate and transcript documenting their academic and service accomplishments and will emerge as more informed activists and better-prepared leaders.

Students will complete a series of experiential and academic components related to social justice during their time at BC. Thematically, the program will look progressively outward as students first consider the meaning of service on a personal level, then look towards its meaning in the community, and finally interpret social justice on a global level. A senior capstone course will help draw together four years of service and reflection as students integrate what they have learned and experienced as GSJP students. Students will be sent forth from BC having a greater sense of personal and communal commitment to service and justice.

Service Component
  • Local community service placement of at least one semester during sophomore year.
  • International service experience of at least four consecutive weeks, ideally during a junior year semester abroad.

Academic Component

Cohort courses:

  • One-credit course during spring semester of freshmen year
  • Two-credit course during spring semester of sophomore year
  • Three-credit seminar course during senior year

Individualized Concentration:

  • Four additional academic courses are required.  The courses must be relevant to international service and explore a common theme, such as environmental justice, peace studies, or global health, but will be tailored to the individual student’s interests.  Concentration courses will be selected in consultation with the program advisors and may count towards other graduation requirements (ie. major, minor, or core requirements). 

Language Component

Building Community
  • Three mandatory retreats are offered to students during their first, second, and fourth years of study.

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The McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate Global Studies is pleased to announce the Global Service and Justice Program (GSJP). In the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, the program will provide an opportunity for Boston College students to critically engage with concepts of community service and social justice throughout their time at BC. Through local and international service experiences paired with group reflection and coursework, students will seek a more informed vision of their role in the world, both locally and globally.

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"Some of the most important insights and lessons I learned while in Uganda were remaining flexible and respectful of cultural norms that were different from my own."
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Patrick Reynolds-Berry

Meet the graduate assistant for GSJP

Patrick received a B.A. in International Studies and Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. As an undergraduate he studied abroad in El Salvador and became very interested in Latin America and issues of social justice. After graduation he entered the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, spending two years living and working as a teacher in Managua, Nicaragua. He is currently pursuing a dual-master degree in Pastoral Ministry and Social Work from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and the Graduate School of Social Work. As the graduate assistant for the Global Service and Justice Program (GSJP), Patrick advises students on service placements and service-learning programs locally and abroad. He works closely with students, faculty, and staff to plan and implement diverse academic and co-curricular programing for the GSJP. You may contact Patrick Reynolds-Berry, at gsjp@bc.edu