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.

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January 2020

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2020 Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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Winter Career Fair 2020
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm
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Leadership Formation Workshop: Organizing through the power of story
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

February 2020

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Application Close: SSLP 2020
Saturday, February 1, 2020 (All day)
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Color of Compromise: Why the History of the Church and Race Matters
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
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Application Close: Community-Impact Grants
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 4:30pm
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Information Session: Catholic Social Tradition Minor
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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Junior Parents Weekend Open House
Friday, February 14, 2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

March 2020

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