The Privilege & Poverty Academic Cluster (P&P) encourages students to explore issues surrounding economic inequality from a variety of intellectual perspectives and disciplines.
Students follow a course of study that provides coherence and structure while allowing considerable freedom to pursue disciplinary or topical interests. Those who satisfy all of the requirements receive a certificate of completion for the Cluster.
P&P is intentionally designed to be a flexible program that caters to students’ particular interests while ensuring they get a proper balance of depth, breadth, and connection among the courses they choose.
What You Will Learn
The P&P curriculum is structured around four key learning outcomes:
- Critically examine the material, social, and environmental contexts of economic inequality.
- Contribute to and support a learning community.
- Develop skills, through experiential learning, to work authentically in community to address the causes and consequences of poverty.
- Cultivate a commitment to and capacity for lifelong ethical participation in society.
In order to complete the P&P program, you must complete the basic requirements and be able to demonstrate evidence of your progress toward competency in the four learning outcomes. Students should meet regularly with the academic director to discuss curricular choices.
In order to be identified as having completed the cluster, students should complete the following sequence:
|Foundations Course||Designed to situate the knowledge of economic inequality in a specific academic discipline, thematic area, or geographic region.||Note: Foundations and Electives courses should represent at least three different academic departments.|
|Three Electives||Choose from any College course dealing with the causes and/or consequences of privilege and poverty.||Note: No more than two of the Foundations and Elective courses should come from the same academic department.|
|Experiential Learning Gateway Course||INTD 0226 Gateway to Community Connected Experiential Learning - P&P||Note: This course is a half-credit spring term course required as preparation for experiential learning|
|Experiential Learning Opportunity||Choose from local or national internship offerings.||Note: While most students fulfill the experiential learning requirement through a summer P&P internship, other experiences may qualify|
|Experiential Learning Capstone Course||INTD 0204 Experiential Learning Capstone - P&P||Note: This course is a half-credit post-experience reflection course that helps students integrate their experiences into their academic work|
Foundations courses deepen the study of economic inequality through the lens of a particular academic discipline.
There are a wide range of electives across the disciplines, and they count toward completion of the P&P Cluster even if they are also meeting major or minor requirements.
Explore our current course offerings to see what fits your interests and goals.
A critical component of the P&P curriculum is the opportunity to experience the dynamics of economic inequality through working collaboratively with communities impacted by poverty. Students can participate in the National Privilege & Poverty Internship through the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty, or locally through the Addison County Privilege & Poverty Internship. These experiences offer experiential learning through student cohorts that support and reinforce student learning goals. However, you can pursue your own experience or other opportunities as approved by the directors.
Preference in the internship program is given to applicants who have completed relevant prior coursework.
Integrating Coursework and Experiential Learning
The Experiential Learning gateway and capstone 1/2 credit courses wrap around the experiential learning opportunity to ground the experience in the wider context of the student’s academic inquiry. Additionally, the Cluster is structured so that students can design their program around their specific interests.
There are many ways to tailor the P&P curriculum to your interests. Below are just some of the examples of how you can connect courses to issues that matter to you and explore those issues further through a funded internship.
|Interest Areas||Sample Courses||Sample Internships|
|Environmental and Food Justice||FOOD 0281 Food, Power, Justice
HIST 0209 History of U.S. Food Politics
ENVS 1044 Food, Farms, Future: Vermont
|Health||ECON 0200 Health Economics and Policy
INTD 0257 Global Health
INTD 0211 Public Health of Disasters
|Open Door Clinic|
|Immigration||SOCI 0274 Global Flows: Causes, Dynamics, and Consequences of International Migration
AMST 0175 Immigrant America
LNGT 0102 Intro to Sociolinguistics
|New American Pathways|
|Education||EDST 0115 Education in the USA
SOCI 0351 Education and Social Policy
EDST 0215 Culturally Responsible Pedagogy
|The Teen Center|
|Housing and Communities||ENVS 0210 Social Class and the Environment
SOCI 0235 The City and Its People
GEOG 0216 Rural Geography
|Charter House/John Graham Shelter|
|Criminal Justice||SOCI 0478 Sociology of Punishment
PSCI 0260 The Political Economy of Drug Trafficking
AMST 0313 Vermont Incarcerated
|DC Public Defender|
|Race and Gender||PSYC 0321 The Psychology of Inequality
SOCI 0356 The Continuing Significance of Race in the U.S.
GSFS 0329 Politics of Reproduction
To discuss your classroom-based curricular interests and academic course options, contact Academic Director Matt Lawrence at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about our experiential learning opportunities, and to explore how you might pursue your interest in community-connected, field-based learning, contact Assistant Director Jason Duquette-Hoffman at email@example.com.
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