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Wealth and Poverty Certificate

Certificate code CTWLTH

Faculty contacts: Dr. Yeong-Hyun Kim or Dr. Edna Wangui.

Program Overview

The Wealth and Poverty Certificate addresses economic growth, wealth distribution, poverty, inequality, and empowerment issues in both domestic and international settings.

Its coherent and interdisciplinary combination and sequence of courses provide students with a better understanding of the ways class, race, ethnicity, and gender shape inequality of opportunities within and between countries.

Students take a set of required courses (including introductory course, service learning course, and capstone seminar) and elective courses that are offered across the Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and professional schools.

The knowledge, analytical skills and practical experiences gained in this interdisciplinary certificate program help students become well-informed, active and critical global citizens. The awareness generated through the courses taken and research projects conducted better prepare them for many of the critical challenges of the 21st century. Students who would like to explore wealth and poverty issues beyond what is covered in this certificate are encouraged to enroll in the Wealth and Poverty Theme.

To enroll in the Wealth and Poverty theme, contact Dr. Yeong-Hyun Kim or Dr. Edna Wangui.

Careers and Graduate School

The Wealth and Poverty Certificate helps students develop critical thinking, social responsibility, and global citizenship, which can be applied to a variety of careers in the academia, the public sector, and not-for-profit sector, including non-governmental organizations, volunteer services, and advocacy work on policy issues. Real-world experiences gained from the service learning component of the curriculum will be an added asset in the job market.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Major/Minor/Certificate Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate Hours Requirement

The Wealth and Poverty Certificate Program requires a minimum of 18 hours.

Introduction Course

Complete one of the following:

  • AAS 1060 - Introduction to African American Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 1310 - Globalization and the Developing World Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 1330 - Introduction to World History Since 1750 Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 2300 Social Inequalities and Social Change Credit Hours: 3
  • SW 1000 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare Credit Hours: 3

Service Learning Course

Complete one of the following:

  • CFS 4660 - Transitions in Development: Middle & Later Life Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3010 - Economics of Altruism Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3120 - Economics of Poverty Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 4280 - Community Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • SW 2601 - Social Welfare Overview and Trends Credit Hours: 3

Students may request a course substitution, when their participation in an internship, study abroad, or volunteer abroad involves a minimum of 10 hours of community outreach service activities.

Capstone Seminar

Complete the following:

  • T3 4400 - Seminar in Wealth and Poverty Credit Hours: 3.0

Electives

Complete at least three courses from the following. Students are required to take elective courses from two or more departments and at least two courses at 3000 level or above

  • AAS 2200 - Introduction to Black Political Economy Credit Hours: 3
  • AAS 2250 - History of the African American Worker Credit Hours: 3
  • AAS 2540 - History of Injustice in the United States Credit Hours: 3
  • AAS 3640 - Comparative Study of Injustice Credit Hours: 3
  • AAS 3800 - African American Education Credit Hours: 3
  • AAS 4693 - Legal Policy and Disparities in the American Health Care System Credit Hours: 3
  • ANTH 3500 - Economic Anthropology Credit Hours: 3
  • ANTH 3770 - Peasant Communities Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 2750 - Ecology in the 21st Century Credit Hours: 3
  • BIOS 4440 - Tropical Disease Biology Credit Hours: 3
  • CONS 2500 - Families as Consumers in Global Communities Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3010 - Economics of Altruism Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3120 - Economics of Poverty Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3500 - Development Economics Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3510 - Agricultural Development Credit Hours: 3
  • ECON 3520 - Economic History of the United States Credit Hours: 3
  • EDCS 1011 - Introduction to Diversity Studies Credit Hours: 3
  • EDCS 4001 - Democracy, Diversity and Education Credit Hours: 3
  • ENG 3830 - Politics and Literacy: Issues of Race, Class and Gender Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3250 - Political Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3260 - Urban Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3290 - World Economic Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3310 - Geography of Africa Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3400 - Geography of Development Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 3410 - Geography of Hunger and Food Security Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 4280 - Community Geography Credit Hours: 3
  • GEOG 4480 - Migration and Development Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3018 - History of the American South to 1900 Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3270 - Slavery in the Americas Credit Hours: 3
  • HIST 3330 - Oil, the Persian Gulf, and World Power Credit Hours: 3
  • HLTH 4120 - International Health Programming Credit Hours: 3
  • HSP 2210 - Introduction to Global Health Credit Hours: 3
  • JOUR 3200 - Ethics, Mass Media, and Society Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 2012 - Media, Communication and Social Change Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 4011 - Media and the Digital Divide Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 4015 - Media and Development Credit Hours: 3
  • MDIA 4012 - Broadcasting for Social Justice: A History of Broadcasting and U.S. Social Movements (1930-Present). Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 3700 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship Credit Hours: 3
  • PBIO 1030 - Plants and People Credit Hours: 3
  • PHIL 4440 - Philosophy of Marxism Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 1500 - Themes in Global Politics Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4400 - The Politics of Developing Areas Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4497 - Capitalism and Democracy Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4600 - International Political Economy Credit Hours: 3
  • POLS 4752 - The Politics of Intersectionality Credit Hours: 3
  • PSC 1350 - Energy in a Modern World Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3300 - Sociology of Poverty Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3310 - Class and Inequality Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 3350 - Economic Sociology Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4140 - Contemporary Social Movements Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4320 - Political Sociology Credit Hours: 3
  • SOC 4650 - Social Change Credit Hours: 3
  • SW 1000 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare Credit Hours: 3
  • SW 3203 - International Social Work and Social Welfare Credit Hours: 3
  • SW 3602 - Social Welfare Policy Credit Hours: 3
  • WGS 4100 - Global Feminisms Credit Hours: 3
  • WGS 4110 - Women and Globalization Credit Hours: 3

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