Human Services & Social Justice Program

The Human Services & Social Justice Program (HSSJ) at The George Washington University is one of the most innovative programs of its kind devoted to developing practical, academic skills for use in diverse service settings. At the crossroads of sociology and psychology, the program provides students with opportunities to apply concepts learned in the classroom to contemporary societal problems and assume effective roles in not-for-profit agencies serving people and communities in need.

Human Services Program

We build upon a foundation of empathy, concern for others, and a commitment to social justice that our students bring to the program by encouraging high academic and ethical standards, providing enabling knowledge, and affording service-learning opportunities that enhance tangible impacts and supplement classroom learning.

We develop our students through an emphasis on scholarly research, reflective learning, intellectual challenges, and strong partnerships with the faculty and staff of the program. This active mentoring of students encourages acquiring life-long learning habits, the incorporation of ethics, and the development of a mature identity as a helping professional who is a critical element in the link between the people and society in building communities. Human Services courses enable students to work against injustice, discrimination, and poverty while making a focused impact on the people living here in Washington, D.C.

Meet the Program Director

The heart of Emily Morrison's research focuses on the experience of intersubjectivity, exploring how people shape and are shaped by the people and environment around them.  One context in which relationships are vitally important is within health care.

Research shows that the doctor-patient relationship directly affects health outcomes and yet, there is little understanding about how healthy relationships emerge from an enactive approach and so Professor Morrison seeks to address this gap.

The essence of this research also informs her broader interests in service-learning, civic engagement, and cultivating meaningful learning experiences. For more information, contact her via email.

Undergraduate Admissions