College of Science and Health Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award

Summer 8-20-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Kathryn Grant, PhD

Second Advisor

Yan Li, PhD

Third Advisor

Megan Greeson, PhD


The present study has three goals. First, it validates a new Sensitivity to Employer Social Responsibility Scale, used to help understand how undergraduate students perceive their values related to corporate social responsibility (CSR) impact their prospective employment decisions. Second, this study examines whether students value working for a socially responsible employer and third, how (a) social justice experiences in college and/or (b) social justice attitudes and beliefs may predict how students perceive the impact their CSR values have on their prospective employment decisions. Results indicate that students who participated in the study overall positively endorsed a degree of sensitivity to prospective employer CSR. Furthermore, taking a college social justice course, participating in extracurricular volunteering, having a greater commitment to social justice, greater social justice self-efficacy and greater plans for future involvement in their communities were all associated with a greater degree of sensitivity to prospective employer CSR. Lastly, both commitment to social justice and civic action mediate the relationship between taking a social justice course and extracurricular volunteering, and students’ sensitivity to prospective employer CSR. Findings inform both the corporate sector as well as college students and universities.

SLP Collection