Community Service, Social Justice, and Peace in the City
Department website: www.slu.edu/outreach/micah/
Degrees: Certificate in Community Service, Social Justice, and Peace in the City
Overview: The Micah House Program offers students opportunities to take interdisciplinary courses on social issues, to perform community service among the poor and disadvantaged, and to develop leadership skills. As part of the program, students have the option of pursuing a certificate in Community Service, Social Justice, and Peace in the American City. Students in the program also engage in an enriched set of co-curricular activities, including speakers, social events, large-group service activities, and small-group discussion and reflection meetings.
Curriculum: Students studying for the certificate explore urban and social problems in courses drawn from a variety of disciplines, including American Studies, Philosophy, Theology, Psychology, Public Policy Studies, Social Work, Sociology, and English. Most certificate courses require community service in the Shaw Neighborhood near the University's Health Sciences Campus.
Careers in the Field: The Micah House program and its certificate can benefit students from any major. Its aims are to foster leadership and a sense of community by encouraging students interested in community service to participate in an enriched program of activities and, when possible, to live together in a special area of a residence hall, to offer lively interdisciplinary courses integrated around issues of social justice, and to deepen understanding of such issues by serving and working alongside the poor and the disadvantaged.