The Poverty Studies Curriculum

As an interdisciplinary minor, Poverty Studies identifies courses across the University with a strong emphasis on poverty.  Faculty from all disciplines are invited to design courses for the minor and register them with the administration. Students are invited to design their own emphasis from the diverse list of offerings.

Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor students take four types of courses, for a total of 15 or 16 credit hours:

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    Gateway Course: Introduction to Poverty Studies (3 credits)

  2. Experiential Courses (3 or 4 credits, depending on the option chosen)

  3. Electives (6 credits)

  4. Capstone Seminar or Special Studies Capstone (3 credits) 


Note on Double Counting Courses

The University's rules for double counting have changed with the new curriculum, effective starting with the Class of 2022.  You should consult your college academic advisors first and foremost if you are interested in double-counting. The authority to approve a double-count lies with the academic dean in your college or her designee, not with the director of Poverty Studies.  The dean/her designee may check with the Director of Poverty Studies to determine whether the course in question may serve as a PSIM elective.