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New MLK Specialization at Union Institute & University

Doctoral students at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati will now have the opportunity to specialize in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work through the school’s interdisciplinary studies program. Within the context of their academic studies in leadership, public policy and the humanities, they will research the moral, spiritual, intellectual and political legacy of King.

“The new MLK studies specialization reinforces UI&U’s mission to empower adults to acquire knowledge through interdisciplinary and collaborative programs that address social issues,” says Dr. Larry Preston, graduate dean for UI&U’s cohort Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies.

Doctoral students enrolled in the specialization will take 30 hours of coursework, including core and advanced seminars, in ethical and creative leadership; public policy and social issues; and humanities and society.

“By focusing on Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, and through internships in a variety of disciplines, learners will move beyond expressing concern about the very large number of individuals who live in poverty or blaming those who are poor for being poor and become equipped to explore the underlying causes of poverty,” says Preston.

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