Founded in 1866, the College of Wooster is located in Wooster, Ohio, a community of 26,000, approximately 55 miles southwest of Cleveland. Wooster students come from 47 states and 42 countries with a total enrollment of 2,000. Wooster is a private, residential liberal arts institution that offers bachelor of arts, bachelor of music and bachelor of music education degrees.

Wooster does not have a formalized poverty studies program; however, the college’s curriculum offers a wide variety of courses across many disciplines that examine poverty and related issues. To be eligible to participate in the Shepherd Program, students must have completed one or more courses from Africana Studies, Economics, Education, History, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology/Anthropology or Urban Studies.  Examples of qualifying courses include “Racism 101,” “Urban Politics,” “Ethics in a Social Perspective,” “Inequality in America,” “Stereotypes and Prejudice,” “Religion, Race, Gender, Class in America,” or “Social and Cultural Environments in Early Childhood Education,” to name a few.

Students who participate in the Community Healthcare Practicum, which assists community members with chronic health conditions,  and those live in the Breakfast House, which serves the local unsheltered population and families in need, are also invited to apply for the program.

College of Wooster

Academic Director
Brooke Krause, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
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Internship Director
Cathy McConnell, MATESOL
Director, Experiential Learning and Community Engagement
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