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HECUA Inequality in America: Policy, Community, and the Politics of Empowerment
Minneapolis, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2022 09/15/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Partner:
HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
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Prerequisites:
No
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Previous Language Study Req?:
No
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Language courses offered:
None
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Meet Language Reqt in One Semester?:
No
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Housing Options:
Apartment (Shared), Student responsibility
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Areas of Study:
American Studies, Business, Communication, Culture, Economics, Education, Gender Studies, Humanities, Law, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Service Learning, Social Policy & Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Urban Studies, Women's Studies Program Design: Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based
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Additional Program Options:
Community Engagement, Internship (with credit transfer)
Program Description:
Program Description:

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Examine the growing gap between rich and poor in the United States. 
Gain concrete change-making skills through internships and discussion with effective activists. 

Description

In America today, the top 1% earn nearly 25% of the nation’s income. Wealth and income gaps have reached levels not seen since the Great Depression, and are amplified by race. The median household wealth for a white family is $144,000; for Latinxs it is $13,700, and for African Americans, $11,200. Inequality in America delves into the complex causes and impacts of the gap between the rich and poor in the United States. Students examine the social systems that feed increases in poverty and inequality and study the roles racism, classism, trans- and homophobia, and sexism play in the creation of short-sighted and damaging public policy. They examine how institutionalized and intersecting oppressions play a role in forming shortsighted and damaging public policy.

Read more about Inequality in America on HECUA's website.

In a simultaneous internship with a local nonprofit students will begin to test and implement their own change-making skills. Past internship sites have included the Southside Family Charter School, Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, and Take Action Minnesota. Students will meet local organizers, build professional networks, and spend 160-200 hours on site, working for organizations dedicated to social transformation. Everyone leaves the classroom with increased confidence in their own abilities to effect change in their communities, and a deep understanding of the local nonprofit landscape. 

Courses:
This program consists of two courses, plus an internship.
  • Inequality in America: A Political Economy Approach (4 credits)
  • Political Sociology of Building Power, Change, and Equity (4 credits)
  • Internship and Integration Seminar (8 credits)
Highlights
  • Minneapolis- St.Paul will be our classroom. The region is an ideal context for the study of poverty and inequality plaguing the nation's urban centers. The area is increasingly diverse and has a strong and vibrant economy, yet many people are not sharing in this vitality. As in most large, urban regions, there is a growing gap between rich and poor, increasing geographic and social segregation and polarization between these groups. Forty-five percent of the children in the "core" of the Twin Cities live at or below the poverty line, and an educational gap between racial groups worries many policymakers, parents, educators, and students.

    This area is also home to an exciting array of organizations that are addressing all of these issues. Many of these organizations are internship sites for our students and provide hands-on learning to make social change happen.

    Housing is provided through Augsburg University for those who do not attend an institution in Minneapolis or St. Paul.

  • Internship Types

    • Art/Fine Arts
    • Communications
    • Counseling
    • Economics
    • Interdisciplinary
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/Politics
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Languages

    • English
  • Subject Areas

    • Communications
    • Conflict Studies
    • Culture
    • Development Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • Geography
    • History
    • Humanities
    • International Relations
    • Internship Programs
    • Liberal Arts
    • Political Science/politics
    • Public Admin, Public Policy, Govt
    • Social Sciences
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Urban & Regional Planning
    • Women's Studies
  • Program Fees:

    Member and non-member school use different fee structures. Check the HECUA website, here, for the most up-to-date information. 

  • Program Fees Include:

    Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.

  • Experience Required

    None

  • This Program is open to

    Undergraduate students enrolled in colleges and universities in the United States who have completed their first year of college.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides Scholarships for Community Engagement, Scholarships for Social Justice and Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online or Paper Application
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript
 



More information at the HECUA Inequality in America webpage >>>

Gustavus information

HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.

Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.

Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.

 

 

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