Social Concerns Seminar
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The Urban Plunge is a one-credit experiential learning course designed to give students a brief but important opportunity to engage with communities experiencing poverty in U.S. cities. With sites in most major cities, students will spend two to four days in a city close to their hometown with the chance of spending time with people who face the challenges of poverty and those organizations and folks who work to support them and/or work to eradicate this inequity. Leading up to and during this immersion, students will examine the root causes of poverty in urban areas focusing on dimensions such as opportunity, race, mental health, faith-based efforts, gender, housing, criminal justice system, and employment. Immersions take place in early January.

Immersion Dates

  • Generally a two to three day period between January 2–9, 2016
  • Dates vary for each site

Immersion Sites

  • Major cities in the United States 
  • Transportation to and from the site is the responsibility of the student. 
  • Students are encouraged to choose a city in close proximity to their hometown. 

2016 Sites and Dates

Associated Term: 

  • Fall-Winter 2015-2016


  • 300

Seminar Fee: 

  • $150 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar (some scholarships available based on need)
  • The full fee will be charged for withdrawals after November 15.
  • Cost covers food, housing, and supplies, and will be assessed through student accounts during March or April. If you are accepted into the seminar and decide not to participate after November 10, 2015, you will be charged the full seminar fee.
  • Additional recommended spending money: $75


  • Students must provide their own transportation to and from the location, but not while on the immersion.
  • If needing to travel by air, air travel must be confirmed with the seminar director by the end of November.

Things to Note

  • Urban Plunge will meet on Monday nights from 7–8:30 p.m. starting the week of November 9 to December 7 with two follow-up meetings in January.
  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details about your experience during preparation classes.
  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts.
  • Student leaders and your seminar director will be your liaison with community partner contacts.
  • Lodging is provided – you will be responsible for your own bedding.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up. 
Application Process: 
  • Application process is a general application which can be found here when open.
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of site placement will happen following the closing of the application on November 2.
  • Please note that the credits earned in the class will be applied to your spring semester.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email

Application is now closed.

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