The Micah Program
Where students from all majors live, study and serve together

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


Micah Program Coursework for Academic Year 2016 - 2017

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.

COURSES FOR FALL 2016 - Micah first-year students take two courses together in special sections.

In special sections, all Micah first-year students take:

THEO 1000 Theological Foundations (3). 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.

And, students in the women’s community take:

THEO/WGST 2930 Women, Faith, and Social Movements (3). Religious faith has long provided essential spiritual resources and practical organizing structures necessary for launching and sustaining activist movements. This course explores connections between gender, religious belief, and social activism in the late twentieth-century. Drawing from sources that include theology, history, journalism, and memoir, we will examine the spiritual underpinnings of a variety of approaches to social justice as well as the tangible work of activist movements. We will inquire into the theological and activist interventions of women representing a variety of faiths, including Islam, Native American spiritualties, and new religious movements, while placing a special focus on Catholic activism in the United States, including the work of religious sisters. CO-REQUSITE: THEO 1000.

And, students in the co-ed community take:

PHIL 1050 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 1000.

COURSES FOR SPRING 2017 - All Micah students take at least one of the four courses listed here.

AAM 2010-01/01H  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 2700  Gender, Race, Social Justice (3)  Examines the intersection of gender and race with other categories of analysis (class, religion, sexuality, nation) in historical and contemporary social justice movements in the United States. Topics include role of race in movements for gender equality, as well as the impact of gender on movements for racial justice. Fulfills the Cultural Diversity in the United States requirement

ASTD 3200-01/01H The Urban Crisis (3) Micah secions only (ASTD 3200-39, 40, 41, 42). 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 3000-01/01H  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.

Also offered: Students who have not yet taken their freshman writing core are urged to take it in the special Micah section in either the fall or spring:

ENGL 1900 Advanced Strategies of Rhetoric and Research (3) The Micah section of this course engages students in writing about urban problems. The course emphasizes skills in analytical reading, critical thinking, persuasive argumentation, and research.


Companions Project

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

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Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies



Although the minor is administered by the Micah Program, it is open to all SLU undergraduates. It requires

  • 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. Courses must include a final capstone, either MH 4960: Senior Capstone or an equivalent.
  • The capstone must focus on the student's Area of Specialization for the minor (see below).  
  • 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 MH 4960 if the focus of study is on urban poverty or social justice as they affect American cities.

COURSE CHECKLIST (Approved courses are listed starting on page 2)

Course Numbers:

______________   (One course from General courses list. Example: a Micah section of THEO 1000).

______________   (One course from Applied courses list. Example: Urban Crisis or Micah ENG 1900).

______________    (Two courses from your Area of Specialization list).


______________   (One extra course from any category. Example: Micah’s PHIL 1050 or ENG 1000).

______________   (One senior capstone course. Either a 3-credit independent study in MH 4960 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 4960), 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 minor.


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 those listed below.  However, a course may only fulfill one requirement. 

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


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

  • ASTD 2700 Gender, Race, Social Justice*
  • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality (Micah sections only)
  • THEO 1000 Theological Foundations (Micah sections only)
  • SOC 1500  The Urban Community: Race, Class, and Spatial Justice
  • THEO 2515 Social Justice *
  • THEO 3515 Poverty, Wealth & Justice *

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


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

  • ASTD 3100 Making the American City
  • ASTD 3200 The Urban Crisis
  • ASTD 3300 Workshop in the City
  • CCJ 2050 - Multiculturalism for the CJ Professional  
  • CVNG 2030 Sustainability and Environmental Engineering
  • ECON 4100 Urban & Regional Economics
  • ED 2200 Today's Diverse Educational Environment: Trends and Issues
  • ENGL 1900/1950 Advanced Writing about Urban and Social Problems (Micah)
  • HIST 3570 U.S. Social and Intellectual History Since 1861
  • HIST 3610 Civil Rights in America, 1865-1965
  • NURS 3440/3447 Public Health Nursing (Nursing capstone option)
  • NURS 3457 Community Project (Nursing capstone option)
  • POLS 2210 Civic Renewal: Service Learning and Community Justice
  • POLS 2930: Urban Politics
  • POLS 3210 - Shelter in America
  • POLS 3800 The Structure of Poverty: Globally and Locally
  • POLS 3330 Metropolitan Environment
  • SOC 1500 - The Urban Community: Race, Class, and Spatial Justice
  • SOC 4250 Urban Classics
  • SOC 2500 Social Ecology
  • SOC 3220 Urban Sociology
  • SOC 4080 - Urban Issues: Poverty and Unemployment
  • SOC 4100 Introduction to Urban Economic
  • SOC 4200 Cities, Suburbs & Neighborhoods
  • SOC 4530 Urban Ethnography
  • THEO 2525 Theological Bioethics: Medicine and Morality


Choose at least two courses in one of the following areas. Since the focus of the Micah Program is on Urban Poverty Studies as applied specifically to the problems of the poor and marginalized in American cities, coursework approved for the minor needs to share that focus. Capstone projects must bring insights into exclusion, immigration, health care, and social justice to bear on people in need in this country with the aim of better understanding them and helping them to improve their lives.

A. Cycles of Exclusion

  • AAM 2000 Introduction to African American Studies
  • AAM 2010 Contemporary Black America
  • AAM 2500 - Intergroup Dialogue
  • AAM 2900 - Intergroup Dialogue: Black Male Identity  
  • AAM 3200 African American Culture
  • AAM 3270 Diversity & Anti Oppression
  • ASTD 3020 - American Mosaic: Literature & Diversity  
  • ASTD 3400 Prisons in American Culture
  • AAM 3500 Social Inequality
  • AAM 4000 - Field Service - Community Activism in St. Louis High Schools    
  • AAM 4270 U.S. Anti-Black Racism
  • AAM 4830 Post 1900 African American Literature
  • AAM 4900 Black Women in Society
  • CCJ 3500 Race & Crime
  • CMM 4070 Social Justice Communication
  • CMM 4320 Communicating Across Racial Divisions
  • ENGL 3280 American Literary Traditions after 1865
  • ENGL 3520 African American Literary Traditions II: After 1900
  • FSTD 4200 African American Cinema
  • HIST 3580 American Slavery
  • PHIL 4820 Philosophy and Race
  • POLS 2150 Black Politics
  • POLS 2210 Civic Renewal: Service Learning and Community Justice
  • POLS 3930 Special Topics: Power in U.S. Society
  • PSY 4340 African American Psychology
  • SOC 2180 Cities and Space
  • CCJ 3100 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 3360 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC 5400 Race, Gender, Class and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 5500 Social Stratification: The Sociology of Inequality
  • SWRK 3100 The American Social Welfare System
  • SWRK 3200 Diversity and Anti-Oppression Practice
  • THEO 3830 African American Religious Traditions

B.  Immigration and Globalization

  • IB 3020 Latin American Business
  • ECON 3790 Economies of Latin America
  • HIST 3180 Modern Latin America
  • LAS 3000 Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • OCS 3720 - Critical Perspectives of Culture, Occupation, & Justice
  • PHIL 4750 Latin American Philosophy
  • POLS 2570 Introduction to Latin American Politics
  • POLS 2580 Politics of Mexico
  • POLS 3540 Latin American Social Movements
  • POLS 3560 Political Process – Latin America
  • POLS 3570 Third World Development
  • POLS 3600 Problems of Globalization
  • POLS 3810 Latin American-U.S. Relations
  • PUBH 2300 Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • SOC 3180 Immigration
  • SPAN 2230 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 2240 Meeting the Other--Hispanic Experience
  • SPAN 4190 Three in One--The Hispanic Experience
  • SPAN 4380 Cultural Stereotypes--Latin American
  • THEO 4810 Nicaragua: Theology and Culture
  • THEO 3415 Christ and Color: Liberation Theology

C.  Healthcare

  • HSCI 200 The U.S. Health Care System (open only to students in the Program in Health Sciences)
  • CSDI 3000 Characteristics of Multicultural Populations
  • DIET 4300 Foundations in Community Nutrition
  • SOC 2360 Diversity & Health Disparities
  • NURS 3445 or 3447 Public Health Nursing (Nursing capstone option)
  • NURS 3457 Community Project (Nursing capstone option for the Minor)
  • OCS 3720 Critical Perspectives of Culture, Occupation, & Justice
  • PUBH 2100 Introduction to Global Health
  • PUBH 2300 Contemporary Issues in Global Health
  • PUBH 3100 Public Health & Social Justice
  • PUBH 4000 Politics and Public Health Advocacy
  • THEO 2525 Theological Bioethics: Medicine and Morality

D.  Theory of Social Justice 

  • AAM3500/SOC 3500 Social Inequality
  • AAM 4330 Psychology of Oppression
  • AAM 4810 Philosophy and Race
  • ENGL 2250 - Conflict, Social Justice and Literature
  • ENGL 4150 Ethnic and Race Studies
  • PHIL 4360 Topics in Social & Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 4750 Latin American Philosophy
  • PHIL 4820 Philosophy and Race
  • PHIL 4840 Catholic Social Thought
  • POLS 2010 Ethics and Politics
  • POLS 3520 Communism, Capitalism, and Social Justice
  • POLS 3740 Capitalism, Racism, Patriarchy: Theorizing Structural Power
  • POLS 3800 Structures of Poverty: Globally and Locally
  • PSY 4330 Psychology of Oppression
  • SOC 5500 Social Stratification
  • THEO 3415 Christ and Color: Liberation Theology
  • THEO 2525 Theological Bioethics: Medicine and Morality
  • THEO 2515 Social Justice
  • THEO 3515 Poverty, Wealth, & Justice 


Complete a 3 credit hours independent study in MH 4960 or an approved senior capstone/practicum/seminar from your major.

Download a PDF of the Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies

Minor Recipients 2015

Minor in Urban Poverty Studies Recipients Spring 2015


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