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"The forces working against peace and justice are many. The first
step is to recognize and understand them."
Micah Program Senior 2004

Freshman Community:

Upon arrival at the University, freshmen enroll in special sections of introductory courses that encourage interdisciplinary study and reflection and, in most cases, satisfy university Core requirements. Since enrollment is limited, classes are small, allowing participants to work closely with their instructors and their fellow students.  

In the fall, we explore ideals of justice and social order in the Classical and Christian traditions. Students the following courses:

THEO 100 Theological Foundations (3). Integrated with PHIL 105, the Micah section of this course examines the foundations of Christian Theology by exploring the origins and development of the Jewish and Christian Scriptures. Offers examples and perspectives that lead to an understanding of God and the human person as connected in a covenant of just relationships. Concludes by integrating Greek and Biblical notions of justice and applying that integration to issues of social injustice in our own time. CO-REQUSITE: PHIL 105.

PHIL 105 Historical Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality (3). The Micah section of this course, taught with THEO 100, focuses primarily on the writings of Plato and Aristotle as central figures in the historical period when Western humanity first began to use reason to develop systematic philosophy. Careful attention is given to texts on the human person and the concept of justice. Concludes, as THEO 100 does, by integrating Greek and Biblical notions of justice with application to current issues of social injustice. CO-REQUSITE: THEO 100.

In the spring, we turn to social problems that hinder the realization of the ideals that we studied in the fall. Students take at least one of the following:

AAM 201 - Contemporary Black America (3) A study into the current issues and problems facing and impacting the African American society from the 1960's through today. This course also examines the present leadership in Black America and delves into a treatment of future directions and problems facing the society.  Fulfills a Cultural Diversity core requirement for most majors.

ASTD 322 / HIST 393 - The Urban Crisis (3) Examines the roots and dimensions of the urban crisis that has transformed American metropolitan areas since World War II. Students investigate major urban problems such as racial segregation and poverty, white flight and suburban sprawl, public housing and urban renewal, riots and insurrections, job loss and industrial change. Can be taken for Honors credit.  Fulfills both a Social Science and a "Cultural Diversity in the U.S." core requirement for most majors.

LAS 300 - Introduction to Latin American Studies (3) This course is designed to give students a general introduction to the societies, cultures, economies, and politics of Latin America. Topics covered include colonialism, and its contemporary legacies, the role of historically-marginalized groups, authoritarianism and violence, and the economic basis of modern Latin American societies.  Students do not need to be majoring or minoring in Latin American Studies.

And, Micah freshmen interested in the Urban Project take

MH 110 - Exploring Urban Vocations. (1) Introduces the challenges facing cities of the future and the wide range of SLU degree programs that address them. Through presentations by professionals, site visits, and shadowing, students explore careers in Healthcare. Education, Housing, Transportation, Urban Design, Engineering, Environment, Law, Criminal Justice, Economics, Public Administration, Social Services, and Community Organization.

And, Micah freshmen who do not have their English Writing core credit might take

ENGL 195 Advanced Writing about Urban and Social Problems (3). The Micah section of this course (fulfills the ENG 190 core) engages students in writing about urban problems and about the stages by which ordinary people come to participate in, or to resist, social injustice. Emphasizes skills in analytical reading, critical thinking, persuasive argumentation, and research.

Companions Project:

Students not affiliated with the Freshman Community may enter the program by attending Micah co-curricular activities, taking at least one course approved for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Social Analysis, and performing at least 30 hours of community service with us.

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Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies:

REQUIREMENTS

  • 120 hours of community service completed during your SLU career
  • 18 hours in approved courses*, with no more than 6 hours at the 100 level
    •  *including the MICH 490 Senior Capstone or equivalent.
      • MICH 490 (independent study):  Must focus on the student's area of specialization.  
      • Or, students pursuing a major that also requires a senior capstone or practicum may, with the permission of the Director of the Micah Program, count that course in place of MICH 490 if the focus of study is on urban poverty and meets the MICH 490 requirements.

COURSE CHECKLIST (Courses listed under Course List section)

_______   One course from General courses list (Example: a Micah section of THEO 100).

_______   One course from Applied courses list (Example: Urban Crisis or Micah ENG 195).

_______    Two courses from your Area of Specialization list. (Example: Micah’s THEO 260)

_______

_______   One extra course from any category (Example: Micah’s PHIL 105 or ENG 195).

_______   One senior capstone course (Example: A 3 credit hours independent study in 
                MICH 490 or an approved senior capstone/practicum/seminar from your major).

Pursuing Another Minor or Certificate
Courses counted toward another minor may not be included.

Contracting for a Course
In unusual circumstances, students may (at the discretion of the Director) count relevant courses not listed in the certificate’s course list by contracting with the instructor to write a substantive paper related to urban problems or community service. The contract form is available in the Micah office. Contracts must be approved no later than the fourth week of classes.

Studying in Latin America
Students pursuing the track in Immigration and Globalization have the option to study for a semester in Latin America. Courses taken there on the history and culture of the region may be counted toward the 9 hours required in that track. As soon as possible (and no later than the term before taking MH 490), students concentrating on Immigration and Globalization must fulfill a prerequisite of 3 hours of college Spanish or its equivalent. Those opting to study abroad must satisfy that prerequisite before departing for Latin America. Language study does not count toward the 18 hours required for the certificate.

COURSE LIST

Please note: Some courses are cross-listed and you might take it under a different department other than what is listed below. In addition, with the Director's approval, Micah students may be able to use a course to fulfill a certificate requirement other than what is listed below.  However, a course may only fulfill one requirement. 

Coursework must include 18 hours distributed in the following four categories:

1. General

Choose at least one of the following courses on the nature of justice and social ethics

  • PHIL 105 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality (Micah)
  • THEO 100 Theological Foundations (Micah)
  • THEO 260 Christian Morality (Micah) *
  • THEO 361 Social Justice *
  • THEO 367 Poverty, Wealth & Justice *
  • THEO 467 Social Ethics: Christian Faith in the Public Sphere *

*Or, these four courses can apply in an Area of Specialization instead.

2. Applied

Choose at least one of the following courses on urban social and political problems:

  • ASTD 315 American Social Movements
  • ASTD 320 Making the American City
  • ASTD 322 The Urban Crisis (cross-listed with AAM and HIST)
  • ASTD 324 Workshop in the City
  • CVNG 203 Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
  • ECON 410 Urban & Regional Economics
  • ED 220 Today's Diverse Educational Environment: Trends and Issues
  • EDF 304 School as a Social System
  • ENGL 190/195 Advanced Writing about Urban and Social Problems (Micah)
  • HIST 357 U.S. Social and Intellectual History Since 1861
  • HIST 361 Civil Rights in America, 1865-1965
  • NURS 432 Public Health Nursing (Nursing capstone option for the Certificate)
  • NURS 491 Community Project (Nursing capstone option for the Certificate)
  • NURS 492 Community Project (Nursing capstone option for the Certificate)
  • POLS 221 Civic Renewal: Service Learning and Community Justice
  • POLS 293: Urban Politics
  • POLS 309 Aldermanic Internship
  • POLS 321 - Shelter in America
  • POLS 380 The Structure of Poverty: Globally and Locally
  • POLS 397 Metropolitan Environment
  • POLS 425 Urban Classics
  • PPS 200 Government and Politics of City and Suburb
  • PPS 408 Urban Issues: Poverty and Unemployment
  • PPS 420 Urban Ecology: Communities and Neighborhoods
  • PPS 426 Census and Neighborhood Analysis
  • PPS 465 Urban Criminal Justice Policy
  • SOC 250 Current Social Problems
  • SOC 324 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 410 Introduction to Urban Economic
  • SOC 420 Urban Ecology: Neighborhood
  • SOC 453 Urban Ethnography
  • THEO 360 Christian Morality and Health Care
3. Areas of Specialization

Choose at least two courses in one of the following areas.

A. Cycles of Exclusion
  • AAM 200 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAM 201 Contemporary Black America
  • AAM 250 - Intergroup Dialogue
  • AAM 320 African American Culture
  • AAM 327 Diversity & Anti Oppression
  • ASTD 330 Prisons in American Culture
  • AAM 350 Social Inequality
  • AAM 427 U.S. Anti-Black Racism
  • AAM 483 Post 1900 African American Literature
  • AAM 490 Black Women in Society
  • CMM 432 Communicating Across Racial Divisions
  • ENGL 324 Literature and the City
  • ENGL 331 African American Literary Traditions II: After 1900
  • FSTD 420 African American Cinema
  • PHIL 482 Philosophy and Race
  • POLS 215 Black Politics
  • POLS 221 Civic Renewal: Service Learning and Community Justice
  • POLS 393 Special Topics: Power in U.S. Society
  • PPS 300 Current Urban Political and Governmental Problems
  • PPS 410 Introduction to Urban Economics
  • PPS 411 Urban Employment and Training Policy
  • PPS 460 Law, Courts, and Urban Change
  • PSY 434 African American Psychology
  • SOC 218 Cities and Space
  • SOC 355 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 336 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 440 Race, Gender, Class and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 450 Social Stratification: The Sociology of Inequality
  • SWRK 302 The American Social Welfare System
  • SWRK 327 Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
  • SWRK 407 Child Welfare Services
  • THEO 226/335 African American Religious Traditions

B.  Immigration and Globalization

  • IB 302 Latin American Business
  • ECON 379 Economic/Political/Social Development--Latin America
  • ENGL 485 Latino American Literature
  • HIST 318 Modern Latin America
  • LAS 300 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • OCS 372 Critical Perspectives of Culture, Occupation, & Justice
  • PHIL 475 Latin American Philosophy
  • POLS 257 Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 258 Politics of Mexico
  • POLS 354 Latin American Social Movements
  • POLS 356 Political Process – Latin America
  • POLS 357 Third World Development
  • POLS 360 Problems of Globalization
  • POLS 381 Latin American-U.S. Relations
  • PUBH 235/ CMH 235 Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • SOC 318 Immigration
  • SOC 345 The Sociology of Development--Latin America
  • SPAN 223 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 224 Meeting the Other--Hispanic Experience
  • SPAN 419 Three in One--The Hispanic Experience
  • SPAN 425 Cultural Stereotypes--Latin American
  • THEO 260 Christian Morality (Micah sections only)
  • THEO 337 US Hispanic Theology
  • THEO 468 La sangre de los mártires
  • THEO 469 La theologia del martirio en Latinoamerica: God of the Martyrs
  • THEO 488 Nicaragua: Theology and Culture
  • THEO 357 Studies in Faith and Reason, The Theology of Gustavo Gutierrez
  • THEO 349 Hispanic Theology

C.  Healthcare

  • BSHS 200 The U.S. Health Care System (open only to students in the Program in Health Sciences)
  • CSDI 300 Characteristics of Multicultural Populations
  • DIET 430 Foundations in Community Nutrition
  • NURS/SOC 236 Diversity & Health Disparities
  • NURS 428, 429, or 432 Public Health Nursing (Nursing capstone option)
  • NURS 491 or 492 Community Project (Nursing capstone option for the Minor)
  • OCS 372 Critical Perspectives of Culture, Occupation, & Justice
  • PUBH 235/ CMH 235 Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • PUBH 365/CMH 365 Public Health & Social Justice
  • PUBH 462 Politics and Public Health Advocacy
  • THEO 360 Christian Morality and Health Care

D.  Theory of Social Justice 

  • AAM/SOC 350 Social Inequality
  • AAM 433 Psychology of Oppression
  • AAM 481 Philosophy and Race
  • ENGL 415 Ethnic and Race Studies
  • PHIL 436 Topics in Social & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 475 Latin American Philosophy
  • PHIL 482 Philosophy and Race
  • PHIL 484 Catholic Social Thought
  • POLS 201 Ethics and Politics
  • POLS 352 Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice
  • POLS 374 Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy: Theorizing Structural Power
  • POLS 380 Structures of Poverty: Globally and Locally
  • PSY 433 Psychology of Oppression
  • SOC 450 Social Stratification: The Sociology of Inequality
  • THEO 260 Christian Morality (Micah sections only)
  • THEO 349 Hispanic Theology
  • THEO 357 The Theology of Gustavo Gutierrez
  • THEO 360 Christian Morality and Health Care
  • THEO 361 Social Justice
  • THEO 367 Poverty, Wealth, & Justice
  • THEO 382 Spirituality of Nonviolence
  • THEO 461 Spirituality and Political Commitment
  • THEO 467 Social Ethics: Christian Faith in the Public Sphere
4. Senior Capstone

Complete a 3 credit hours independent study in MICH 490 or an approved senior capstone/practicum/seminar from your major.

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