Millsaps College was founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1890. The college offers 33 majors and 47 minors including the option for a Self-Designed Major. Millsaps was the first college or university in the state of Mississippi to be awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The College is also home to an AACSB-accredited business school that offers classes and degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The College’s current strategic plan focuses on engagement “Across the Street and Around the Globe.” The Shepherd Consortium offers Millsaps the opportunity to continue to build on these efforts with a specific focus on poverty.
The poverty studies curriculum at Millsaps seeks to build on the existing coursework and opportunities offered by other sister programs, to give students the opportunity to focus on poverty as a central issue in the surrounding community and larger world today. An interdisciplinary course entitled “The Many Dimensions of Poverty” was taught for the first time by Dr. Louwanda Evans in the spring semester of 2013. This course has been taught on a regular basis and serves as the gateway for poverty studies at Millsaps. The course involves a strong community engagement component that partners students with community partners. This year’s community partners included Operation Upward and the Mississippi Food Network.
Millsaps envisions a wide range of coursework related to poverty studies during the coming years. This coursework will undoubtedly build on existing classes and offer opportunities for faculty to develop new courses that build on the founding principles of the College and enhance its ongoing efforts in community engagement and making a lasting positive difference in the society of which we are a part.
SHECP Academic Director & Millsaps SHECP Academic Director
Dr. Stephanie Rolph
Associate Professor of History
Dr. Louwanda Evans
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Internship Director and Council Member
Internship Coordinator, Center for Career Services