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 3 or 4 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 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.
Through the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor (PSIM), you can combine your passion, curiosity, knowledge, and skills to envision and create a more equitable world.
The minor requires experiential learning; you will learn in real-world settings and begin making a difference now. Poverty is complex. No single academic discipline can solve it. It takes people from different backgrounds, with differing academic preparation, working together. Therefore, this minor is interdisciplinary. This means that you can have the experience of collaborating with peers who hold different pieces of the puzzle of how to effectively address poverty.
A biology major seeking to become a doctor in underserved areas, an engineering student concerned about clean water, a business student wanting to specialize in sustainability for non-profits or microfinance, a psychology major interested in ways that gender intersects with financial resources and culture, an English major eager to use stories to support the voices of people who are poor – you can all find others who care deeply about similar issues, willing to share and enhance the knowledge, questions, and perspectives they bring from their own experiences and study.