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Founded in 1889, Elon University is a selective, independent university renowned as a national model for engaged learning, along with excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs. Elon students put knowledge into practice, fulfilling their roles as global citizens and informed leaders motivated by concern for the common good through meaningful civic engagement. The University includes Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences; the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business; the School of Communications; the School of Education; the School of Law; and the School of Health Sciences. Master’s programs are offered in business administration, education and interactive media, and doctoral programs include physical therapy and law.

The Poverty and Social Justice (PSJ) minor at Elon was established in 2013 and seeks to build on Elon students’ interest in helping people in poverty by offering a substantive critical foundation for understanding the multi-factorial causes and realities of poverty. The program offers the opportunity to study the root causes and structural patterns that contribute to poverty and focus on processes and strategies of poverty alleviation from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. The program was designed with integrated experiential components in order to strengthen students’ capacities to address the root causes of poverty at Elon and afterwards, as global citizens and as professionals in a variety of careers. Elon’s PSJ program recognizes that graduates who possess a deep understanding of what contributes to and exacerbates poverty in society can more effectively develop solutions that help reduce and alleviate poverty in their local communities and the world around them.

The PSJ program is coordinated by an advisory committee that includes representation from the arts and humanities, social science, natural sciences areas of the College of Arts and Sciences as well as representatives from the schools of Business, Communication, Education, and Law. Faculty from 14 different departments contribute courses to the minor which includes a required introductory course, three electives, an internship and a capstone course. The program is designed to help students create a learning pathway focused on the study of poverty that can help to integrate and deepen their learning across multiple disciplinary perspectives.

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Academic Director, Council Member, and Chair of the Governing Board (2017-2018)
Rebecca Todd Peters, Ph. D.
Professor and Chair, Religious Studies
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Internship Director
Stephanie Baker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health Studies, [email protected]