Social Concerns Seminars

Social Concerns Seminars

Social concerns seminars are academic courses that create opportunities for students to engage in social analysis, encounter community partners around the country, and reflect on their experience and its impact on individuals and communities. Most seminars include an immersion component which takes place during fall, winter, or spring break and require students to travel to different locations to address social concerns topics in context.

Students examine social issues from various perspectives, read relevant texts, study the role of Catholic social tradition, share in the life of the communities they work with, and participate in creating active learning communities during the entire course of the seminar. 

The application for social concerns seminars is open to all students regardless of class year and prior coursework.

Saint Mary's College and Holy Cross College students are welcome! If you are new to Social concerns seminars, please contact us at for information about application and registration.

Update on Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars

Greetings students! 

In light of the announcement of the new fall semester schedule from Rev. John Jenkins, C.S.C., we have made adjustments and re-imagined what is possible for the fall semester. We remain committed to offering a Seminars program which pursues justice rooted in the Catholic social tradition, builds deep and meaningful community, and engages the real injustices in our community—locally and beyond. 

As you look toward plans for the 2020–21 academic year, we encourage you to apply for an on-campus Social Concerns Seminar.  

Apply Now

Our new early application deadline is Wednesday, August 12 at midnight. Classes begin meeting the week of August 31.

For those who have already applied, we will be in communication directly with you about next steps.

If you have any questions about our seminars or about the process for applying, please contact us at

Wishing you a meaningful rest of your summer,

The Seminars Team

Seminars Financial Information

It is very important that finances are not a hindrance to student participation in social concerns seminars. The mission of the Center for Social Concerns and this program is to provide opportunities for learning to all students. Click on the link below. 

Financial Information 

Seminars Leadership

Social concerns seminars depend significantly upon our student leaders, and opportunities are available for all our seminars. The deadline to apply for 2020–21 leadership positions is mid-April. Learn more by clicking on the link below. 

Social Concerns Seminars Leadership Information

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August 2020

Application Deadline | Fall 2020 Social Concerns Seminars
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (All day)