Poverty is among the oldest and most intractable problems faced by humankind. Well over half 
the world lives in serious poverty, including tens of millions in wealthy countries. The minor in Poverty Studies brings you face-to-face with this reality. You’ll study poverty locally, nationally and globally from a variety of academic disciplines, and you’ll engage poverty directly through a summer internship. The minor invites informed, critical conversations about what it means to live in poverty, causes of poverty, and how poverty might be addressed and alleviated through individual and institutional actions.

To satisfy the requirements for the minor in Poverty Studies, students must complete:

  • PVS-101,
  • an internship, and
  • at least five more courses from the following, with no more than two from any one discipline, which must include at least one course from either economics or political science.

No more than one May Experience may contribute to minor requirements.

The poverty studies internship must deal directly with people living in poverty and must be completed as an 8-10 week full-time summer experience. Normally, the internship will be undertaken after successful completion of PVS-101 Introduction to Poverty Studies and completed prior to the beginning of the junior year. Sites must be approved by the Poverty Studies Coordinator and Furman’s Internship Program Director. On occasion, special topics courses are offered that also satisfy the requirements for the minor.

  • AST-250 Human Development in Contemporary Asia
  • AST-282 Poverty, Gender and Development in India
  • ECN-233 Economics of Gender
  • ECN-237 Economics of Poverty and Inequality
  • ECN-243 Economic Growth and Development
  • EDU-111 Perspectives on American Education
  • EDU-115 Depiction of Schools on Film
  • FRN-445 French Black Novelists
  • HST-142 Modern Latin America
  • HST-145 History of Africa
  • HST-233 American Immigration History
  • HST-308 Childhood and Child Welfare in the Modern World
  • HST-352 Travel Study in Latin America
  • MLL-245 African Literature
  • MLL-280 Social Justice and Immigration
  • PHL-171 Themes in Global Justice
  • PHL-260 Latin American Philosophy
  • PHL-270 Africana Philosophies
  • PHL-304 Ethics of Globalization
  • PHL-310 Social and Political Philosophy
  • PSC-204 Civil Rights and the U.S. Constitution
  • PSC-205 Public Policy and Administration
  • PSC-208 Urban Politics
  • PSC-211 Racial and Ethnic Politics
  • PSC-223 Politics of Developing Nations
  • PSC-224 Politics of Africa
  • PSC-226 Politics of China
  • PSC-228 Politics of South Asia
  • PSC-229 Politics of Asia
  • PSC-230 Politics of Latin America
  • PSC-256 International Political Economy
  • PSC-515 Poverty and the Law
  • PSY-280 Poverty and Child Development
  • PVS-101 Introduction to Poverty Studies
  • PVS-102 Living in Poverty
  • REL-340 Faith and Ethics
  • SOC-223 Urban Community
  • SOC-241 Social Class in America
  • SOC-243 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • SOC-260 Global Health Inequities
  • SPN-240 Latin American Civilization

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