Notre Dame Logo

Center for Social Concerns


Home > Academic Courses and Programs > Winter Seminars

Winter Seminars



Social Concerns Seminars are one-credit experiential and service-learning opportunities built around national and international immersion experiences. Students examine social issues from multiple perspectives, read relevant texts, study the Catholic social tradition, and take an active role in building a learning community. Placements will be posted on the application webpage once confirmed. Accepted students will receive email notification when the site has been updated. Accepted St. Mary's College students need to register through the SMC/ND Co-Exchange Program.

Please note: winter seminars have two different application deadlines.


Winter seminar locations



New this year!

Social Concerns Seminar Leadership

New this year to the seminars program is an early recruitment for student leaders for 2014–2015 social concerns seminars. Seminar student leader positions include leading peers at Appalachia sites, Urban Plunge sites, and within smaller seminars (Energy Policy, Migrant Experience, Health Care etc.).





Social Concerns Seminar:

Church and Social Action: Urban Plunge 

The Urban Plunge is a one-credit experiential learning course designed to expose students to the sights and sounds of poverty in most major cities in the United States in close proximity to their home town. During the immersion each student has the opportunity to meet people affected by poverty as well as those working to eradicate it. The plunge is scheduled for two-to-three consecutive days in early January.


Social Concerns Seminar: Border Issues

This seminar will expose students to diverse perspectives about México-U.S. border and immigration issues. During the winter break students will travel to the Southern Arizona borderlands and will attend legal proceedings focused on immigration, participate in humanitarian service efforts for migrants, hear religious leaders discuss their current and past border ministry work, and travel through the desert and ports of entry assuming that security is not an issue.


Social Concerns Seminar: Organizing, Power and Hope

This six-day winter seminar is an opportunity to experience the gospel in action on the streets of Chicago and learn from local church, school, not-for-profit leaders, and unions about community organizing initiatives to improve life in Chicago neighborhoods.


Social Concerns Seminar: Urban Poverty and Causes of Homelessness

Over 16,000 people, including more than 2,000 children, live without adequate food and shelter in the state of Oregon. Although the city of Portland, Oregon manages to provide shelter for almost half of this population, the number of individuals affected by poverty and homelessness continues to rise. This seminar examines the many myths associated with homelessness and explores the larger cycle of urban poverty from diverse interdisciplinary perspectives.


The site you are visiting is designed with web standards. This note was made visible to you because you are on a non-traditional device or are using an outdated browser. You may only view the content of this site. Please visit Notre Dame Web Central's browser upgrade page for a list of browsers that supports web standards.