Department website: http://www.slu.edu/outreach/micah
Department Email: MICAH@SLU.EDU
Degrees: Interdisciplinary Minor in Urban Poverty Studies (18 hours, the equivalent of a minor).
Overview: Micah House is a faith-based program that brings together students in a wide variety of majors to seek long-term solutions to the problems of the urban poor. As a community of students committed to action as well as to study, we explore the challenges facing America’s inner cities and put what we learn to the test in model service projects in St. Louis. Students of all faiths are welcome.
Curriculum: The strength of Micah House lies in the friendships that form when students study, pray, serve, and spend time together. There are two ways to become involved. Incoming freshmen from around the country are admitted in May of their senior year in high school. They live on a special floor of Marguerite Hall, gathering as a community once a week and taking four of their normal Core courses in special sections centered on questions of peace and justice. They serve the poor in the Historic Shaw Neighborhood, near campus. Older students join the program by taking at least one course in urban problems and joining us for service and community events. Students may take the equivalent of a minor by completing the Micah House Certificate in Urban Social Analysis.
Careers in the Field: The program enrolls students in more than twenty-five majors, including areas as diverse as Psychology, Pre-med, Engineering, and Communication. Participants come from all races, regions, denominations, and backgrounds. Since friendships in the program are close and the service is rewarding, most students who join Micah House remain involved throughout their college careers.
About the Faculty: Courses in our Freshman-Year Project are taught by faculty with a strong personal commitment to social justice and an established record of excellence in teaching. Two have won major teaching awards. Courses in our certificate program are taught by experts in such fields as American Studies, African-American Studies, English, Public Policy Studies, Sociology, and Social Work.
Internship Opportunities: Since the aim of Micah House is to address urban problems effectively through careful study and committed service, student research is important in everything that we do. Samples of student projects are available on our website:
For more information, contact the Director, Donald Stump, or the Coordinator, Debra Wilson, at (314) 977-3615.