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 of the following courses: “Africana Studies 213: Racism 101,” “Political Science 205: Urban Politics,” “Religious Studies 219: Ethics in a Social Perspective,” “Religious Studies 245: Christian Ethics,” “Ethics and Society Intern Program,” or “Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociology.” Upon completion of the program, students must take at least one of the following upper-level courses: “Inequality in America,” “Blacks in Contemporary America,” “Urban Sociology” or “Urban Economics.”
Students may participate in co-curricular activities offered through the Office of Interfaith Campus Ministries in partnership with the religious studies department, such as community service projects and mission trips. Students may also apply to live in the Poverty House, a program house requiring community service and reflection.
Carolyn Newton, Ph.D.
Barbara Thelamour, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Director of Career Services