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Micah: Living the Mission

Located in Marguerite Hall, Saint Louis University's Micah Program brings together community service, academics, leadership and interfaith community.

Micah: Service and Faith Learning Community

Why Choose the Micah: Living the Mission Learning Community?

First-year Micah students study in many different majors. Together, they take several courses that fulfill some of the University’s core requirements. In the fall, Micah students explore ideals of social justice while taking two courses in small discussion sections and in the spring, take at least one course together that explores issues related to urban poverty studies. The program offers an optional minor in Urban Poverty Studies.

Working among people from many racial and ethnic backgrounds who live in neighborhoods near the University, Micah community members will perform three hours of service a week together at one of 13 model sites. The program provides your transportation.

During a weekly community hour, Micah students gather in small groups to support one another, reflect on experiences in class and at service, and share their faith. Many older students stay involved throughout their college careers, continuing their service, serving as mentors, leading retreats and small-group gatherings, and organizing Micah large-group service days and social events.

The program welcomes students of all faiths and majors. This community also has a sophomore component for students who wish to continue in the community for a second year.

To be considered for the Micah learning community, please complete the required application for the Micah Program. You can apply to the Micah Program through the SLU Admission portal. Once there, log back in by clicking "Undergraduate" (the top button if you have not applied to SLU or the bottom button if you have already submitted your SLU application) and continue to the Micah application. If you have any problems or questions, please email

Associated Classes for 2020-2021


  • THEO 1000: Theological Foundations
  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy: Self & Reality


  • CMM 1300: First-Year Dialogue
  • LAS 3000: Introduction to Latin American Studies
  • AAM 2000: Introduction to African American Studies
  • ASTD 3200: The Urban Crisis
  • SOC 1500: The Urban Community: Race, Class, and Spatial Justice

Medallion: Micah Curricular and Co-Curricular Tracking

Students who complete all curricular and co-curricular requirements of the learning community program will receive a Gold Medallion to be worn at graduation and a learning community certificate in recognition of their commitment and achievement within their LC.

You are encouraged to track and share progress in the learning community program with your advisers, using this downloadable form to keep a personal record of your participation, and to share your LC course progress, plans, co-curricular activities and service hours throughout the academic year.

Tracking Form for the Micah Learning Community

Micah Course Changes

All learning community students will be placed into the associated Micah courses by the learning community academic coordinator. To request adds, drops or other changes to your LC course schedule, you or your advisor should complete the corresponding Google Forms located below.

Faculty Associate

Olga Arbelaez, Ph.D., is the director of the Micah Program and also the director of the Latin American Studies program. Her areas of interest include contemporary Latin American narrative and theater, Latin-American women writers and Afro-Hispanic literature.