Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor

Challenge Yourself to Learn More About Poverty

The Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM) contributes to Notre Dame's mission by requiring its students to examine poverty, social injustice, and oppression from the perspectives of multiple disciplines and through experiential learning. It features a gateway course that introduces students to the nature, causes, and consequences of poverty. Students also enroll in two elective courses, drawn from a wide range of subjects, complete three or four credits of experiential learning, and synthesize their study with a capstone course that addresses solutions to critical problems of interest to the student.

The poverty studies minor was authorized and funded by the College of Arts and Letters in 2007. The minor is a collaborative effort between the College and the Center for Social Concerns, which contributes staff and other in-kind support. This collaboration provides students with practical "real world" experiences that can be examined in the classroom to form a more generalized, systematic framework that can illuminate the meaning, causes, and consequences of poverty.

The poverty studies minor is truly interdisciplinary. Its faculty hail from the Colleges of Arts & Letters (arts, humanities, and social sciences), Business, Engineering, and Science and the Center for Social Concerns.

Integrate Classroom Knowledge with Real World Experience

Poverty Studies is designed to be experiential, enabling students to synthesize intellectual learning and practical experiences in the "real world." The minor requires students to complete three or four experiential learning credits as well as a senior capstone experience, allowing ample opportunity to apply what they are learning in the classroom to the world around them.