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Urban Poverty Studies (Minor)

Saint Louis University's minor in urban poverty studies allows you to explore the complexities of urban living in American cities today by combining coursework and community service.

Minor in Urban Poverty Studies

Drawing on the long tradition of Saint Louis University's commitment to the city of St. Louis, the interdisciplinary minor in urban poverty studies is an examination of local, national and global forms of poverty, inequality and social injustice in urban environments. Through coursework and practical experience serving in St. Louis, students from across academic disciplines will think critically about the most pressing problems faced by people living on the margins in contemporary cities. In addition, they will investigate the ways in which the minor can supplement their major field of study.

Highlighted Courses

Beginning with general courses on social justice and urban problems, the minor incorporates study of a particular issue followed by three courses in an area of specialization. The last of these is the senior capstone, a research project carried out under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Areas of specialization include cycles of exclusion, immigration and globalization, health care and theories of social justice. The courses below are representative of the courses that are offered.

  • THEO 2515: Social Justice
  • ASTD 3200: The Urban Crisis
  • SOC 1500: The Urban Community: Race, Class and Spatial Justice
  • CCJ 3500: Race and Crime
  • HSCI 2000: The U.S. Healthcare System
  • PSY 4330: Psychology of Oppression

Courses in the Urban Poverty Studies minor are taught by experts in such fields as African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Criminal Justice, English, Latin American Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology, Social Work, Theology, Women and Gender Studies among others.

  • Olga Arbelaez, Ph.D., Micah Director
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