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
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)
Through an internship with a local organization, students 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. You will meet local organizers, build professional networks, and spend 12-15 hours/week hours in their internship, working for organizations dedicated to social transformation. Students leave the classroom with increased confidence in their own abilities to effect change in their communities, and a deep understanding of the local nonprofit landscape.
Due to the pandemic, this program will be delivered in hybrid format for spring 2020. Through online instruction and socially-distant, in-person experiences, students will have the opportunity to go beyond the classroom in new and meaningful ways. HECUA's pedagogy is integrated, interdisciplinary and experiential. These principles are maintained in the new hybrid program structure.
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Students from institutions outside the Twin Cities are welcome to participate. While housing is not included in the program fees, HECUA staff are available to assist students with finding housing. HECUA is able to offer housing at an additional to cost through one of our local consortium member universities. Please contact email@example.com if you would like more information about housing.
Click here to view current fees. These fees include include tuition, nearly all reading materials, some field visits (including meals while traveling), and tickets to events and opportunities associated with the program. Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.
This program is open to any undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university who have completed their first year of college and maintain a 2.5 GPA. Prospective students are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any other eligibility questions.
HECUA offers multiple scholarships to students each term. BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) students, first-generation students, and students from low-income backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Visit our website to learn more.
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