Experiential Learning Requirement
The experiential learning requirement is designed to get students into the field where classroom concepts come-to-life, disciplinary boundaries are challenged, and students contribute to community life in a meaningful way. Experiential learning will enhance students' understanding of poverty and prepare them for the final capstone experience, whether it is the seminar or an independent
Students will complete 3 or 4 credit hours of experiential learning, depending on which option is chosen:
A. Three designated one-credit Center for Social Concerns Seminars combined with the one-credit course PS 35001 for a total of 4 credits; or
B. Three credits of internship(s) with community agencies and organizations addressing poverty. Students on the Main campus may enroll in PS 35002 or a pre-approved internship in another department, such as SOC 45000, given sufficient poverty-related content. Students on other Notre Dame campuses should enroll in PS 34002, or
C. One approved three-credit community-based learning or research course. Includes courses taught on campus, a Center for Social Concerns Summer Service Learning Program course or internship focused on poverty (domestic or international), and the "Approaches to Poverty and Development: Santiago, Chile" course.
A. Three one-credit seminars offered by the Center for Social Concerns plus PS35001 (4 credits)
PSIM students may satisfy the experiential learning requirement by bundling three Center for Social Concerns (CSC) 1-credit seminars with PS 35001, for a total of 4 credits. Participating in CSC seminars is a well-established tradition among Notre Dame students. When applying, students should identify themselves as Poverty Studies minors, but acceptance is not guaranteed. Students should enroll in PS 35001 the semester during which they complete the final Social Concerns Seminar or no later than the following semester. When choosing this option, students must take the Church and Social Action Seminar ("Urban Plunge"), the Appalachia Seminar (Fall or Spring), and one other poverty-focused seminar. The current list of approved seminars is below. To view course descriptions, visit the Center For Social Concerns website.
Fall Social Concerns Seminars with Poverty Focus
- Appalachia (CSC 33950 / THEO 33950 / CST33950) [Required, either Fall or Spring]
- Sustainable Development (CSC 33951 / THEO 33951)
- Latino Community Organizing Against Violence (CSC 33959 / ILS 33959 / THEO 33959)
- Energy Policy, the Environment, and Social Change (CSC 33985)
- Working Side by Side (CSC 33984)
- Hands of St. Andre: A seminage to Andre House in Phoenix (CSC 33977/ THEO 30047)
- Gospel of Life Seminar (CSC 33962/ THEO 33962)
Winter Social Concerns Seminars with Poverty Focus
- Church and Social Action ("Urban Plunge") (CSC 33963 / CST 33963 / THEO 33963) [Required]
- Organizing, Power, and Hope (CSC 33965 / CST 33965 / THEO 33965)
- Border Issues (CSC 33966 / ILS 30804 THEO 33966)
- Urban Poverty and Homelessness (CSC 33978)
- Global Health Seminar (CSC 33995 / THEO 33995)
Spring Social Concerns Seminars with Poverty Focus
- Appalachia (CSC 33950 / CST 33950 / THEO 33950) [Required, either Fall or Spring]
- Youth, Risk, & Resilience (CSC 23090 / PSY 23090)
- U.S. Healthcare Policy and Poverty (CSC 33951 / CST 33951 / THEO 33951)
- Leadership Through Solidarity (CSC 33954 / CST 33954 / THEO 33954)
- Migrant Experience (CSC 33967 / CST 33967 / ILS 33967 / THEO 33967)
- Realities of Race Seminar (CSC 33973
B. Three credits of internships (3 credits)
Students choosing the internship option for experiential learning (Option B) must complete 3 credits total through either PS 35002, PS 34002, SOC 45000, or a pre-approved internship in another department. Students enrolling in the Poverty Studies internship option may do so in one, two, or three separate internships with corresponding credit, enrolling in PS 35002 each semester they are participating, or in the Fall semester if the internship takes place over the summer. Students will determine credit value with their internship advisor and a Poverty Studies director.
College of Arts and Letters internship guidelines:
Approval is required for all internships. Students cannot enroll in PS35002 or 34002 without departmental approval and should plan to contact the Director at least 3 weeks prior to registration.
C. Community-based course/project (3 credits)
- Community-based Course in South Bend--The experiential learning requirement may be fulfilled during the academic school year through a regularly scheduled course with a community-based learning component or, in some cases, a research component (3 credits). A subset of the courses marked with both ZCSC and PSIM attributes in Class Search fall into this category. Please consult PSIM staff for the status of specific courses.
- Summer Service Learning Program, International Summer Service Learning, or Social Concerns Summer Internships--The experiential learning requirement may be fulfilled during the summer by satisfactorily completing one of the following:
- A Summer Service Learning (SSLP) course sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns. Students should identify themselves as Poverty Studies minors in their application, but acceptance is not guaranteed.
- An International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) course sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns. Students should identify themselves as Poverty Studies minors in their application, but acceptance is not guaranteed.
- A Center for Social Concerns Summer Internship with a poverty focus. Review the options and get prior approval from a PSIM director to make sure the course counts. Students should identify themselves as Poverty Studies mionrs in their application, but acceptance is not guaranteed.
- "Approaches to Poverty and Development: Santiago, Chile"--This requirement may be fulfilled by participating in the Chile program's "Approaches to Poverty and Development: Santiago Chile" course as described on the Center for Social Concerns website. Students enrolled in this program can apply 3 of the total credits awarded for this course toward the elective or experiential requirement. Additional credits cannot be applied to the Poverty Studies minor. Students should identify themselves as Poverty Studies minors in their application, but acceptance is not guaranteed.